Our editorial team has the great opportunity to sit down for a quick chat with Roger Sanchez and to talk more about the man behind the music genius.
Born on June 1, 1967 the world famous DJ has come a great way. He has scored numerous hits in the European and World Charts with both his own music and the remixes he has created for an array of superstars including Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, No Doubt and Maroon 5. In 2003, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording for his remix of No Doubt’s “Hella Good”.
He hosts a weekly terrestrial and online radio show called Release Yourself, with 15 million listeners worldwide. Along with the radio show, Sanchez hosts a bi-weekly podcast, distributed internationally. In 2007 the podcast was awarded the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA).
On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records Roger Sanchez placed at number 60.
Roger is also the founder of his own label in 2002, Stealth Records. Yearly, Sanchez curates a series of compilation albums called Release Yourself, which are known for their blend of deep house, Latin, tribal and tech sounds.
Currently in transit to Bratislava, Roger Sanchez is looking forward to his upcoming performance in Bulgaria. Solar Summer 2014 is about to begin!
Hello! This is the first time MIKA and our readers have the honor to meet up with you! Tell us a little more about you, the man behind the music!
Well, I am from New York. My parents came from the Dominican Republic awhile back so there is a very strong cultural influence of Latin music in my life. The Latin music is a pure inspiration to everything that I do. I have a family and I am very dedicated to being part of that family. That is why I always try to bring positive things for them.
In the very beginning what fascinated you about music? How has the music industry evolve?
Music really touched me on a very physical level. From the first time when I saw how the beat is affecting the crowd, I knew that is what I wanted to do. During the years I saw how house music managed to grow internationally and really touched people around the world turning into a universal means of communication never known before to man.
Who would you point as a key influence?
My parents and definetwly my father. He has a strong influence over me. He told me to follow exactly what it is that I loved rather that fit in anybody else’s world. He encouraged me to follow what makes me happy.
Which is our own favorite track?
My favorite track? This is like asking you what is your favorite child! (laughing) I always love whatever I am working on next but as I am looking back I really thing Another Chance is the one.
When you start working on a new track, how do you know that the track is going good?
You know, the only time I feel I am on the right track is when I listen to it and it makes me feel something. That is the interesting thing about music! When I start a new track I don’t know when it is going to go. The work progress is really more “Well. Let’s see what will happen with this.” and then when I play it and I listen back to it, and it makes me feel something I really want to test it out, see how the people react.
What makes, in your opinion, the difference between an average and a great song? According to you how does a good song sound?
It really is more about how people react to a track. If you touch people with your music, then that is a great track.
How would you define your style in three words?
Sexy, dance, music.