Richard Judge is no stranger to success. Perhaps most known for the voice on Robin Schulz’s smash single "Show Me Love", the British born DJ/Producer has further triumphs to his name having accumulated an impressive discography of singles in recent years. Now, unveiling his latest single – "Miss America" – Richard steers his voice into catchy, pop-dance territory once again with a cute Red, White, and Blue love song.
Alongside his chart scaling success with Robin Schulz, which to date has amassed over 67 million streams on Spotify and over 60 Million on YouTube as well as going multi-platinum in Europe, Richard’s also collaborated with artists such as Kungs, Sam Feldt, Spada and German duo Tube & Berger.
Hi Richard, glad to have you on DJs Arena! When did you realize that electronic music is your passion and the genre of music you want to pursue?
Hey! Thanks for having me.
When I started writing music all I wanted was to be John Lennon. It wasn’t until much later that electronic music came into my life. My teenage band had just split up, and I was in Ibiza watching Loco Dice play and I was so lost in the music. I was hooked. He played one tune at the end with a vocal on it and it blew my mind. I had an epiphany there and then had a vision to start mixing my indie routes with electronic music. I’d love to tell you what that tune was but I was smashed! It was good though…
How did growing up in London influence your career? How did you start to get more deeply immersed in the EDM scene?
London has so many amazing musicians. There’s so much good music out there and I think that brings a certain hustle to the people here. You have to hustle, you have to strive to be great or you will be left behind. I like that.. it makes you work harder.
I was never involved in much of an EDM scene in London… that all came from Europe and especially Germany which has become a huge part of my life, and where I tour the most.
How would you describe your own sound, and what is distinct about it? Was there one specific artist or artists that inspired you to come up with your signature sound?
I think what’s distinct about my sound is that I mix my indie routes with electronic music. I think that is something unique and it’s all tied together with my voice, which has always connected with people for one reason or another. I’m lucky for that.
Big ups to you on the release of your new track. What makes "Miss America" one of your more personal release and how has it been received thus far?
I always try to tell stories with my lyrics. I think that’s what makes songs personal. 'Miss America' stands out for me because it reads like a country song, but with a chorus that will tear your roof off. I’m so happy with the reaction to this song so far, and I’m grateful to everyone listening and sharing it.
You’ve already gotten the chance to work with some pretty renowned names in the EDM world. Which have been your favorite or most memorable to work with?
I have to say, my time with Robin Schulz changed my life. 'Show Me Love' was my first big hit and the journey it’s taken me on is crazy. Being able to tour arenas with Robin and play my first TV shows was so special, and I’ve met so many people and seen so many places along the way. I’ll never forget that.
Who was the first DJ or live performance you ever went to?
I couldn’t possibly tell you the first live performance I went to… my street cred would be destroyed! :) So I’ll tell you my second. Oasis. My oldest Brother took me when I was still a young kid and it blew my mind. All I’ve ever wanted to do was perform.
What’s your favourite aspect of this "job"? What about your least favourite?
My favourite part I think will always be the creating. I’m a songwriter. That’s whoI am.. if I take two weeks off I feel less like myself. I love being in the studio and writing songs. But equally getting to go and play those songs to people on tour makes it all worthwhile.
There’s nothing I don’t like about this job so far. I always promised myself I’d never complain about anything.. sometimes the travelling is gruelling but it’s all part of it. I used to cold call people and try and sell them insurance from a room with no windows…
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you? What are some of your favourite plugins?
I usually have a concept in mind when I arrive at the studio. I find the best ideas come when you least expect them. Come to East London and you will often find me walking around the supermarket humming something into my iPhone like I’m crazy. So usually, I have half an idea and I like to write the song just on guitar or piano before building the production. I love the sounds-toys plugins. I use them all and they are mega!
What does your DJing set up consists of?
I keep it simple. I mix with CDJ’s and a pioneer mixer, and I sing with a mic going through a small FX box for my reverb and delay.
Which DJ would you like to swap places with for one day if you could?
Easy. Solomon for one of his famous after parties. Some amazing pad in Ibiza playing by the pool at 9am on a fucking Tuesday. I would love it.
If you could pick one musician (living or dead) to be a mentor to you throughout your music career, who would it be? Why?
Tough question. There’s a music producer called Robin Millar, who has always looked out for me and gave me so much good advice when I was a teenager. I’d have to say him. He taught me so much and he’s had so much success but remained humble. That’s important to me.
What are some of your favourite venues to play? If you could take the stage at any location around the world, where would it be and why?
Ushuaia, Ibiza. Hands down. That’s it for me. I’m lucky to have sang there with Robin Schulz but I’d love to return one day with my own show. There’s no place like it.
What advice would you give to any young aspiring artists?
Never look at what other people are doing around you and be jealous of it. Focus on your own path and be grateful for everything that comes your way. Make sure that music is always the number one driving force behind everything you do. Without it there’s nothing!
If you had to come up with a slogan to sell a Richard Judge set what would it be?
THERE’S FREE BOOOOOOZE!
Please recommend us some ''must listen'' tracks.
I’m gonna tell you the last 3 tracks I just listened to. Which might be totally random but they’re all worth checking out.
Beautiful Wreck - Mo
We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun
Conrad - Sohn
What are some of your non-musical passions/hobbies?
To be honest I do music every single day and even if I’m off I’m usually still with a guitar. But I do like to keep fit, I love the gym and I love having people over to my house and throwing parties when I’m home. You’re all invited.
Looking into the next year or two, what is your vision for yourself as an artist and what are your long-term goals?
I’m in such a great place making music right now and I want to release as much as possible and tour as much as possible. I want to put on my own parties in London and invite all my DJ friends to play. That’s something I’m working on right now too.
Thank you for your time! Finally – what’s your best general London tip for anyone visiting?
Go to Netil 360 in London Fields and watch the sunset with a cold beer. Go to Borough Market and see my Colombian coffee man. Walk around Soho and eat at Kiln. Check out the parks. Get a Brick Lane bagel. Go to the pub on a Sunday and eat a roast dinner.
Interview made by Adriana-Laura L., DJs Arena 2019