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Artistname: Digital Blonde, The (Ricky Smith)

Date of birth: Unknown

Origin: UK

Interview: None available

Hard dance master Rikki Smith aka Digital Blonde has been delving into the realms of hard dance DJ’ing and production since the tender age of 15. Rikki is a highly talented down to earth man who describes himself as a bit of a Jekyl and Hyde in character! Rikki has always maintained a day job and currently works a 9-5 day job. However, his passion for producing has always presided above the rest as he spends the twilight hours up in his studio mastering the sounds of the Trance future!

As far as the alias Digital Blonde goes, Digital Blonde originally consisted of two like-minded individuals who whilst at ‘Raindance’ in 1992 had a sudden burst of inspiration! The laser display featured blonde silver suited dancers that appeared blue under the light of the laser, this inspired the boys to name their Production duo Digital Blonde! However, with passions lying in other areas one half of the team left the collaboration leaving Rikki to pursue his career as a top class Hard Dance DJ and producer single-handed.

With regards his sound, Rikki describes it as Hard euro Trance with lots of strings and tribal influences. He gets a lot of inspiration from all areas of hard dance and has massive respect for the likes of John ‘00’ Fleming, Tiesto and Ferry Corsten who share a mutual respect and understanding one another’s careers. However, Rikki does not fail to point that he draws influence no matter how little from the likes of Ian Van Dal who he listens to in his car!!!

Up to the present day and since his first appreciation of the harder edged sound Rikki has been signed to several hard dance labels. At the tender age of 16 Rikki was signed up to Warrior Records where he stunned them with his production genius and began to make a name for himself on the scene.

The early nineties saw Rikki move on to Belgian based label Clip Records who went on to produce the legendary ‘Pump Up The Jam’ by Technotronic! Moving to Manifesto Records Rikki produced the classic tune ‘Anthiem’ on Positive Projects, where Judge Jules signed the tune to Manifesto.

Following from this Digital Blonde produced the highly successful ‘Electra’ on Perfect World Records, which was a massive success across the board. Now loyal to the Joof stable with John Fleming’s full support, Digital Blonde has produced awesome tunes.

‘Mooga’ one of Rikki’s recent productions is out this month on Joof. This release includes both a harder edged mix and a chill out mix, both mixes are quality productions. The track has the likes of Judge Jules, Oakenfold and Tiesto but to name a few brandishing their seal of approval. Productions also under Rikki’s belt include ‘Gothica’ and ‘Noctone’ which play upon the more eerie elements of Trance!

On another level Digital Blonde has more quality production in the pipeline, this time for Sugar Free Music, which he describes as “Holiday Music” we’ll have to see what he means by that! Additionally, Rikki has projects coming out on Bonzai later in the year ‘Laptrancer’ being one of them.

Digital Blonde’s aims for the future are as simple and down to earth as his nature, he wants to carry on in the same vain and if his projects are successful then that is a bonus. As Rikki draws his inspiration from a variety of genres, experience and history within hard dance culture it is advisable to watch this space for his future projects and collaborations on Joof Recordings and Sugar Free Music.

Production aliases:
  The Digital Blonde      
Production discography:
  The Digital Blonde - Antheum   Fluid / Knights   1996
  The Digital Blonde - Electra   React 178 / Free for All   2000
  The Digital Blonde - Heaven '99   Perfect World   1999
  The Digital Blonde - Laptrancer   Unreleased   2003
  The Digital Blonde - Legato   JOOF 05   2001
  The Digital Blonde - Legato 2002   Unreleased   2002
  The Digital Blonde - Mooga   Liquid Asset   2002
  The Digital Blonde - Noctone   Unreleased   2001
  The Digital Blonde - Optica   Free for All   2000
  The Digital Blonde - Reborn & Bangin   Positive Project   1995
  The Digital Blonde - Stars   Positive Project   1995
  The Digital Blonde - Sutra   JOOF 05   2001
Remix discography:
  Amen - People of Love (Digital Blonde Mix)   Feverpitch / People   1997
  Andora - Bladerunner (The Digital Blonde Mix)   Infusion   1999
  Ariel - Deep (I'm Falling Deeper) (Digital Blonde Mix)   Wonderboy / Pilot   1996
  Austin Leeds & Jason Dunne ft. Vanessa - Stay With Me (The Digital Blonde's For   Unknown   1996
  Beetseekers - Walk of Notes (Digital Blonde Mix)   JOOF 010   2003
  Casino - Sound of Eden (Digital Blonde Mix)   Worx   1997
  Coyote - Spirit's Dancing (Digital Blonde Mix)   Stress   1996
  Elcka - Pleasure (Digital Blonde Mix)   Island 738   1999
  Friends of Matthew - Out There '99 (Digital Blonde Mix)   Perfect World   1999
  Generation X - Kooky Ballerina (Digital Blonde Mix)   Slamm   2001
  Isha-D - Stay (Digital Blonde Mix)   DMC 169   1997
  Jeremy Healy & Amos - Argentina (Digital Blonde Mix)   Positiva 074   1996
  John 00 Fleming - Lost in Emotion (Digital Blonde Mix)   React 170   1999
  Octavia - Katria (Digital Blonde's Europa Mix)   Fluid   1998
  Sandman - Coimbra (Digital Blonde Mix)   XL   1995
  Suseto - Arcane (Digital Blonde Mix)   Init Records   2000
  The Def Set - Ogo (The Digital Blonde's End of an Era Mix)   Fluid 004   1999
  The Digital Blonde - Mooga (Digital Blonde Pinned Mix)   Liquid Asset   2002
  The Digital Blonde - Mooga (Digital Blonde's Comfortably Numb Mix)   Unreleased   2002
  Vincent de Moor - Flowtation (Digital Blonde Mix)   XL 82   1997
  Yazoo - Don't Go (Digital Blonde Instrumental Mix)   Mute   1999
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Last updated: 23.04.2003

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