Norman Ritter aka Alpha Boy is an extremely gifted Berlin based electronic music producer. His sound and the aesthetics of his work are very 80’s, you suddenly land in a Miami Vice episode or feel like a character of a retro videogame. What is the effect? “The results of his work are songs, which are changing all the traffic-lights to green for the roadusers on the highway of music.”
My name is Norman Ritter but you might know me as Alpha Boy. I was born in Berlin and grew up in Berlin. When I was a child my idol was David Hasselhoff, because he could drive K.I.T.T.. When I was 14, I started with composing. It was then when I realised that electric sounds touches my soul and decided to keep composing music for the rest of my life. Since then I composed over 400 tracks.
One of my best gigs I played was on the vernissage of my mother. It was so much fun because there where only 15 people there and I was glad that I could supported her.
One of the best gigs I have been to was the piano concert of Lutz Gerlach. I loved his funny way of playing the piano.
Now I live in Berlin with my wife and my little son. In my house you can find a really cool child’s room and a studio/living room and my refrigerator is usually full with vegetables, a lot of water, milk and cheese. I enjoy the raw time with my wife and my son and to make fun with them a lot. I can spend hours on my PC. One of my favorite places to visit is the Computerspielemuseum Berlin, because it’s at the coolest arcades.
On weekdays I play there Hang On and Astroids and on weekends I usually watch the whole day with my family movies.
My favorite song at the moment is from Jürgen Ecke – Der Ewige Traum Des Ikarus. A film I watched lately and really liked was Das erstaunliche Leben des Walter Mitty. The last series I watched and loved was Automan.
I am very inspired by Jürgen Ecke. My dream is to life on day with my family on the Comersee. My worst nightmare is to crash with a plane. I love the 80’s and hate …nothing. I am addicted to soda, I just cannot stop to drink soda. I get totally fucked up, when I sleep not enough for more then 4 days. The next day I need to relax and do nothing.
Local Suicide reminds me of www.rollingstone.com.
Tomorrow I will go with my family and visit my sisters, brother and my mom. Next year I will make more holidays. In 10 years I hope that all my family and my friends are healthy and that they enjoy their own life so much.
If I wasn’t a composer, I would be a therapist. If my life was a Hollywood movie, it would be Hilfe, die Amis kommen (National Lampoon’s European Vacation), because I love it to be funny. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be Salma Hayek as she was 29 years old like in Desperado.
If I was a car, I would be a Mitsubishi Galant sedan 1990. If I was an animal, I would be a bear. If I was a drug I would be caffeine. If I was an invention, I would be Yamaha DX 7. If I was an object, I would be a Arcade If I could date myself, I would be looking forward to a funny date.
If I could play with anyone it would be Harald Faltermeier. I would like to collaborate with Jürgen Ecke. If I had only one wish, it would be that my son has still a perfect childhood. I would never forget my 4 best friends, because their own death shows me everyday how important it is to fight for a healthy and lucky life.
My word of advice to the reader would be to Live your dreams.