ROBERT BABICZ

Germany

 

Robert made his first record on borrowed equipment in 1992 and played his first gig on gear he’d never used before. “I had no musical background or knowledge, no clue what I was doing. I just improvised music. But for the first time in my life I was absolutely in the moment, like a special state of consciousness. And people responded – they loved and accepted me.” Playing as Rob Acid, he ignited parties with fierce techno played by strict rules: every set was 100% live and unique, he deleted the instruments’ programming immediately afterwards. Robert has the rare gift of synaesthesia, which turns the world into a continuous interplay of colour, shape and sound. He sees music in 3D, describing tracks as “geometrical poem[s]… sculptures in time.” Robert’s exceptional sound-design, mastering and studio skills have prompted companies like Native Instruments and Apple to request his help on sound-design projects. He also teaches workshops on production and his music philosophy; and is one of the electronic music world’s most in-demand mastering artists. Wherever he travels the world, Robert is instantly recognizable for his music, his warm smile, his energy, and his bright red scarf. “It’s a bit like Superman’s cape,” he jokes. The difference is, when Robert puts on the red scarf to perform he doesn’t become someone else. Robert’s superpower is the integrity of his art and vision: “I don’t want to be dreamed by others,” he says. “I want to be myself.”