Roger Sanchez

Roger Sanchez

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Thank u #Housenation for all of your love and support https://t.co/nzJ36Dt24C
@djrogersanchez • 14 Dec 2017 • 16:00
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@djmrv @delaswing A pleasure 2 have u on my bro!
@djrogersanchez • 13 Dec 2017 • 18:44
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It’s time 2 Release Yourself... 2 hours of the hottest House beats in my box just 4 u! ☝️🎧 Listen:… https://t.co/BQ7f1A5X9V
@djrogersanchez • 12 Dec 2017 • 17:34
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#ReleaseYourself 843: This week The Hot Release comes from @delaswing and there’s a guest session from the one and… https://t.co/2kJGcNNkIy
@djrogersanchez • 12 Dec 2017 • 15:09
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@kristenknight kicking off the undrtheradr pop up at 2400 NW 5th ave & 24th st! https://t.co/rqGYYqKife
@djrogersanchez • 09 Dec 2017 • 10:50
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Pop Up Alert! TONIGHT me @cocodrills & @kristenknight are doing an undrtheradr pop up at 2400 N… https://t.co/XiGz0Y1zDR
@djrogersanchez • 08 Dec 2017 • 20:03
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Beats 4 your Friday! Check out my latest S-man collab with @ultranatemusic along with the 🔥 remixes from… https://t.co/jCjUvntsmX
@djrogersanchez • 08 Dec 2017 • 17:13
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Pop Up Alert!! Due to the postponement of Tribe Of Denial we r doing a free @_UNDRTHERADR pop up tonight at Wynwood… https://t.co/Pg6UBHrQa5
@djrogersanchez • 08 Dec 2017 • 16:22
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Pop Up Alert!! Due to the postponement of Tribe Of Denial we r doing a free undrtheradr pop up… https://t.co/vFmTEJKPXG
@djrogersanchez • 08 Dec 2017 • 06:16
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The #smanfalltour2017 continues... Next stop Colombia!! 🙌😝 https://t.co/AOFuumrI15
@djrogersanchez • 06 Dec 2017 • 18:43
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#ReleaseYourself 842: This week there’s a classic flashback from DJ Gregory + @WallyLopez finishes things off in th… https://t.co/cPiXlawTrs
@djrogersanchez • 05 Dec 2017 • 16:00
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Heading to Colombia on Thursday, can't wait to see you all...! 🇨🇴💃 https://t.co/iF9H3YF0WK
@djrogersanchez • 04 Dec 2017 • 19:00
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Friday is here!! Check out the live stream from last weekend at @ClubROXYPrague here: https://t.co/2qfFidkQjl… https://t.co/Fy6pLJRDgC
@djrogersanchez • 01 Dec 2017 • 18:12
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Italy tomorrow, can't wait! See you on the dance floor... 🇮🇹💃 https://t.co/j9xOd0BR6J
@djrogersanchez • 01 Dec 2017 • 16:53
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S-MAN material incoming December 8th! 💥 https://t.co/oMmvwdhGef
@djrogersanchez • 30 Nov 2017 • 19:20
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#ReleaseYourself 841: This week new house music from @DJ_Sneak & @mrjesserose + The Golden Boy is in session for th… https://t.co/tgTsJPzDwZ
@djrogersanchez • 28 Nov 2017 • 17:00
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Ibiza in the winter months is sublime- had a wonderful lunch calagracioneta with a spectacular… https://t.co/Qn2c2hsQlF
@djrogersanchez • 27 Nov 2017 • 18:42
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Wow amazing crowd @clubroxyprague 2night! Dropping a classic remixed from @ultranatemusic 4 the… https://t.co/YQxzjxlS3E
@djrogersanchez • 26 Nov 2017 • 03:16

Bio

In Roger Sanchez’s eyes, music is cyclical. It’s about “drawing influences from the past and re-imagining it in a completely different way.” Hence why his forthcoming album will be called Roots. Sanchez’s musical roots go back to the mid ‘80s, when the then-teenage breakdancer started DJing, and became fascinated with the new house music making its way to his hometown of New York from Chicago. “At that time, the dominant forms of dance music in New York were freestyle and hip-hop, and house was almost the return of disco,” he says. “It was stripped down and four-to-the-floor, but there was something really magical about it, and it drew me in.” He quickly moved on to producing — his early releases came out under the name Roger S. — and promoting. Many of Sanchez’s early parties were paid for with money he made selling mixtapes on the street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. “It was me and a couple other guys that were on the block, and I’d stand there with a boombox and people would come up and buy the tapes,” he says. “That money was what I would use when I had to pay bar guarantees, and that’s when my real DJ following took off in New York.”


Those mixtapes were, in some ways, Sanchez’s early forays into the business end of the music industry. Since then, he has launched four different record labels. His most recent and most successful label, Stealth, was founded in 2002. Since then, it’s become a launching pad for many of today’s fastest rising young producers. “One of the things I’ve focused on, beyond releasing my own music, is have it be a conduit for new talent,” he says. “That’s something I’ve always done all my life, ever since I’ve been in the position to do so, is bring the next generation through.” He’s also won multiple awards, including a 2003 Grammy for Best Remixed Recording for his reworking of No Doubt’s “Hella Good.” He also won the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards for his podcast “Release Yourself.” Sanchez also hosts a weekly Release Yourself terrestrial and online radio show which reaches over 15 million listeners worldwide.


For the last 13 years he has also curated a series of Release Yourself compilation albums for Stealth, multi-disc sets which are known for their explosive blend of deep house, Latin, tribal and tech sounds. Sanchez’s own Release Yourself parties are notorious all night affairs, explosive five hour sets expertly crafted to give clubgoers an immersive and uplifting experience. As a 20-plus year veteran of the electronic music game and label owner, he’s happy to see DJs and producers selling out stadium-sized venues. That said, he worries that all this success has caused electronic music to get a little formulaic. “Commercial dance music sounds homogenous these days,” he laments. Roots, he says, is meant in part as an alternative. He says that in the last couple years, he’s seen a movement back towards slower, funkier dance music, with artists using new production techniques and applying them to classic dance music sounds. “The soul is back,” he says. “The slower grooves, the more disco-inspired sounds, there’s a humanization with the live instrumentation.


They’re funkier, they’re groovier, they’re sexier. I’ve become excited about the growth of the underground movement, and the regeneration of classic house music merged with techno and deep house. This is where I’ve really moved towards with my own sound." That said, he’s adamant about the fact that the goal isn’t to make music that sounds like it was made 20 years ago. Instead, he wants to fuse the funky, sexy feel of New York house — a sound he says infuses house with Latin percussion, gospel vocals and “a hip-hop attitude” — with the technical mastery of current house. Take for instance “Troubleman,” the top 5 single he released this summer. That came together as a blues song overtop of a pulsating house track. Or his current single “My Roots,” a classic house track with elements of tribal & tech that is sure to be a club-banger. “My Roots” tips its hat to Roger’s groundbreaking work in the genre, updated with a modern production style. “If you listen to a lot of the records that we made back in the ‘90s, there’s an astounding lack of bottom end. Nowadays, the bottom end is a lot more prominent and the equalization is a lot tighter. But I’ve also gone back to bring back some of that classic kind of grittiness… That’s the essence of that era.” And that’s the essence of Sanchez. “I’m always moving forward, but never losing sight of where I’ve been.”

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