I’m pretty sure almost everything is made better with music…If I’m in court and I get sentenced, I want some dramatic music playing right then.
Hailing from the Bay Area, 23-year-old house DJ/producer Ravi Parikh is quickly gaining recognition under the moniker Sex Ray Vision. Within the last year, Sex Ray Vision has gone from being almost complete unknown to garnering a substantial fan base. It all started to come together thanks to a string of well-received house and top-40 remixes and mashups—and an epic debut gig opening for campus heroes Super Mash Bros at Ravi’s own college.
Ravi credits big-room titans of the scene such as Avicii and Hardwell as a source of inspiration, while also drawing influence from a swath of ‘90s rock he grew up listening to. Whatever the connections may be, Sex Ray Vision has a knack for blending driving, big-room house productions with insanely catchy melodies and turning it into fun-fuelled dance-pop songs that are well worth a spot on your playlist. The blogosphere is in love—as proved by the overall bandwidth Sex Ray Vision consumes and their regular presence on Hypem’s popular chart.
To date, Sex Ray Vision has rocked clubs and schools across the US, played massive parties at Vanderbilt, Duke, Ohio State, and Moon Nightclub at the Palms in Las Vegas where he opened for The Cataracs and Clinton Sparks. Simply put, keep on an eye on Sex Ray Vision in 2012. We also suggest hitting up his website for free giveaways of remixes, mashups and original songs.
Sex Ray Vision "One By One" (Preview)
Home Town: Indianapolis, IN.
Currently Living: Bay Area.
Origin Of Name: Sex Ray Vision is a family name. It’s been passed down for generations.
Weapon Of Choice: The scientific method.
Est. Miles Traveled Per Year: Over 9000.
Gigs Played/Nights Out Per Year: 30-50.
Source Of Power: ‘90s melodic rock groups, ‘70s glam rockers, the entire Jackson family and Avicii.
Blurb Yourself: "A question that gets asked a lot is, “Would you rather be blind or deaf?” Most people answer the practical way: deaf—you need your eyes to navigate the world. Personally, though, I can't really imagine a world without music. I think most people don’t realize what music really is. It’s not just something they play at clubs and concerts and parties; it’s essential to the fabric of society. Music is bottled up emotion. With the right chords or melodies you can make someone happy, sad, surprised, angry…for me, I like the pure sensory experience of getting lost in a song. Absolutely nothing beats the experience of closing my eyes, putting on headphones and blocking everything else out."
Sex Ray Vision "Dolphin Evolved" (Preview)
What life activities are made better when listening to music? Talk about the last time you enjoyed one and the other.
I’m pretty sure almost everything is made better with music. Parties. Studying. Weddings. Funerals. Everything should have a soundtrack. If I’m in court and I get sentenced, I want some dramatic music playing right then. I think most of all though, listening to music is probably better while working out. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I’m pretty damn sure I can run faster, and lift more, when I’m listening to Fort Minor’s “Remember The Name” and “10% Luck, 20% Skill.”
If you visualize music as your listen, what do you imagine?
When I really listen to music I think about the structure, the chords and the melodies. Basically, I try to discern everything that went into that production; I try to visualize what was going through the producer’s head when he came up with it. It’s the best way I know to learn and become a better producer.
If you could send advice via a fortune cookie to up-and-comers, it would read:
There’s no substitute for hard work. You want to be good? Work at it for hours and hours. You’ll suck for a really long time—I know I did—but eventually once you’ve logged a few thousand hours just grinding away, you’ll come up with something that will make people say, “Hey, this isn’t the worst song of all time. Not bad!” That’s kind of where I’m at today.
Listening to music is my creative process. If I spend 10 hours producing, I’m really just listening to other people’s music for about half that time.
What is a song that inspired you to create?
Justice vs. Simian’s, “We Are Your Friends.” It was one of the first EDM tracks I ever heard that I really liked. Those gritty analog synths and that killer bass melody are awesome to this day—I don’t think that sound will ever be out of date. After I first heard it, I proceeded to spend the next few months trying to copy their sound with very little success. Ever since then I’ve been producing on and off.
What music makes you reach for the headphones? What mood makes you reach for the headphones?
If I really want to listen to something and appreciate it, I’ll use headphones. A good pair of headphones is one that lets me hear every little thing that’s happening in the song. These days, a lot of folks just crank up the bass response and ignore everything else; but a good pair [of headphones] is going to have that, while letting you pick out the little subtle things in the entire frequency spectrum. A lot of people will listen to a pop song and say, “Okay cool…so there’s a couple synths, a beat and some vocals.” A good pair of headphones will allow you to say, “Wow, there are like 50 things going on right now.” SOL REPUBLIC lets you hear it all.
Are there any dots to connect with where/how you grew up to your musical output?
I played the piano from a very young age and I kind of hated it, but I stuck with it. I’m not sure why? It’s not like my parents forced me to. Every year they’d ask me, “Do you want to sign up for piano again?” and I’d say yes without really knowing why. In high school I really started growing an appreciation for it and when I started making my own music that experience was invaluable.
How does listening to music figure into your creative process?
Listening to music is my creative process. If I spend 10 hours producing, I’m really just listening to other people’s music for about half that time. Usually some random little thing in a song will inspire me to create something completely different for reasons I can’t explain. I’ll hear a short melodic snippet, or a cool synth timbre and I’ll think to myself, “What if they did this instead?” That approach has led me to some pretty awesome results.
What value do you place on environment as a creative springboard?
I like being in my apartment for easy access to the fridge and the burrito spot around the corner. When it comes down to it, most of my environmental needs revolve around food. Honestly though, if I have my laptop, I’m in the studio. Doesn’t matter what’s around me…the ideas never stop coming.
Do you remember the first time you had a live audience’s complete attention?
Basically the first show Sex Ray Vision ever did was opening for Super Mash Bros when they came to our college campus. It was awesome, people were screaming and dancing and I’ve never before really seen anything like that in response to stuff I was doing. I barely even got to enjoy it during the performance because I was just concentrating on mixing. After the show people I didn’t even know were coming up to me telling me that it rocked. That’s basically when I knew that there was a future for me in all this.
What has changed in the realm of headphones since your first pair?
My first pair of headphones came free with something and they sucked, but I didn’t really know it at the time. Then I bought an actual nice pair of headphones when I really started getting into music and it was a world of difference. At that moment I was thinking, “Oh, so that’s what bass sounds like.” It was like that scene in the Wizard Of Oz where everything transitions from black and white into color.
Soundtrack Of Life:
One of my many life goals is to write and direct an awesome romantic comedy. Really, America hasn’t seen a killer romantic comedy since Sleepless in Seattle—unless Borat counts as a romantic comedy. Below I present the soundtrack to That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be, in theaters Valentine’s Day 2016.
Max (played by some guy with limited acting range whom everyone will forget in two years) makes a bet with his friends that he can score with Jenny (played by some girl who placed mid-50s on the Maxim Hot Girls list). Little does he know that Jenny is an undercover reporter writing some groundbreaking story about how to get a guy to fall in love and then break his heart—or something along those lines…
Max and Jenny start to realize they have feelings for each other following their second date at an ice skating rink. Meanwhile, Jenny’s editor at the Wall Street Journal is getting impatient that she hasn’t met the deadline for her story and scientists at NASA discover a horde of alien spacecraft heading for Earth.
It turns out that Jenny is actually a spy for a race of aliens from the Horsehead Nebula! She has been scouting whether Earth will serve as a viable replacement for their home planet, where rampant warfare has rendered the planet uninhabitable. She’s torn between her new feelings for Max and her loyalty to her species.
Jenny discovers the bet Max made with his friends. Jenny: So it was just a bet all along? You never had feelings for me? Max: It may have started out that way, Jenny, but the truth is that I love you. What about you?! Did you have feelings for me, or was it just for the news story?! Also, you want to enslave humanity?! I’m kind of not okay with that part either.
Jenny teaches her alien comrades about Earth’s concept of love but it’s too little, too late. Their alien biology renders them incapable of feeling empathy and the enslavement of humanity goes as planned. Max is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor in Siberia.