Cranfield University engineering postgraduate student wins international DJing competition Image supplied by Cranfield University

Postgraduate student wins the ‘Sound of Tomorrow’

An engineering postgraduate student from Cranfield University has won an international DJing competition. He beat thousands of artists to become the ‘Sound of Tomorrow’.

Ricardo Rodriguez, 25, from northern Spain, was crowned the winner of the Tomorrowland competition after a live online DJ battle, judged by a panel of experts and a public vote.

Ricardo, known as DJ Rikki, will perform his own DJ set at Tomorrowland 2021, release a remix on the Darklight Records label and have his own residency at Tomorrowland’s One World Radio.

Ricardo is currently studying for a Thermal Power MSc at Cranfield, specialising in aerospace propulsion. He hopes to forge a career in engineering alongside producing music and DJing.

He is currently completing an internship in an engineering company whilst developing his research project. Ricardo said:

“My aim with the scholarship was to get my Master’s at Cranfield and then work back at ITP Aero. The future is now more uncertain due to the Coronavirus outbreak – however, in the next year I will focus on producing music and working on One World Radio, together with working as an engineer if I get the chance.”

With stringent requirements and many phases to the DJ competition, Ricardo beat a competitive field to reach the finals on 7 July. The livestream was presented by Pepsi MAX and Tomorrowland and showcased the talents of four finalists from across Europe.

Describing his style as mainstream and emotional, Ricardo said:

“Winning this contest was something I would have never imagined! It’s a huge contest in which the whole world had the chance to vote, meaning I got the support of people from all over the globe. I feel incredibly excited because this will help me develop my artistic career in unimaginable ways.”

Ricardo took up DJing seven years ago when he started it as a hobby and was a popular resident DJ at the Cranfield Student Association.

Alison Whaley, director of Student Experience at Cranfield University, said:

“Studying at Cranfield isn’t just about the academic experience, it’s also about creating connections and bringing a community together.

“I’ve no doubt Ricardo will engineer his way to more success both in music and industry.”