When somebody mentions Roger Sanchez you smile, such is the storied legacy of one in every of home music's best-loved DJs. Nearly 30 years lively, the person has put out a number of the hottest remixes of all-time, performed the world's most spectacular nightclubs, and gained numerous DJ awards. Whether below his personal title, or below his darker, deeper alias S Man, he is produced extra classics than any playlist or video footage can seize — from the fluorescent synths of 'Another Chance' to the heady and shuffling rhythms of 'Noneya'.
A mainstay on Groove Cruise's ultra-stacked line-ups, Sanchez returns to the excessive seas for the primary time since 2017 to spin some glistening tunes below the Caribbean solar. Given the social gathering is celebrating its sold-out 15th birthday this January, we're struggling to think about anybody higher suited to kick the groove as much as 11 — we caught up with the person himself to inform us extra...
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Happy 2019 Roger! How did you convey within the New Year?
"My woman Kristen Knight and I had been in Bali. I performed at Finn's for his or her NYE pageant after which we went to a seaside and introduced within the new yr with fireworks."
What was your spotlight of 2018?
"There had been many so it’s arduous to choose only one, however the closing social gathering I performed for Glitterbox in Ibiza was undoubtedly one to recollect!"
Tell us three important social gathering tunes that by no means depart your document bag and why?
Roger Sanchez 'Another Chance'
"That was a large document for me and to today I nonetheless have individuals requesting it at each gig I play."
Sandy B 'World Go Round (Deep Dish remix)'
"That bass line! Whenever this drops, the group at all times goes loopy."
Soul Central 'Strings Of Life'
"The Soul Central model of this home traditional has the perfect piano drop and is a peak hour monster — it by no means fails!"
2018 noticed reggaetón and Latin music make inroads within the Billboard digital charts, similar to Nicky Jam’s ‘Jaleo’, what are your ideas on that?
"As a Latino, I really like that Latin music has actually had such a powerful influence on the general music scene. I look ahead to extra inroads and collaborations."
What different traits have you ever seen in digital music during the last 12 months and the way have you ever seen the scene within the USA evolve?
"House music has actually begun to reemerge within the dance music sphere. EDM continues to be a mainstay at festivals however for me, it’s nice to see home capturing the creativeness of a brand new era of clubbers."
You use your pseudonym The S Man to launch darker strains of music, can we count on music below this fashion any time quickly?
"Absolutely! I've a collaboration with Ki Creighton below my S-man moniker referred to as 'Snake' coming quickly."
Why do you assume it is necessary to launch music below completely different aliases?
"Aliases enable me to discover completely different musical kinds with out alienating my core viewers that expects a sure sound from me. Plus, it’s at all times attention-grabbing for me to see if I can “do it once more” by way of rising a model with a special musical identification."
It’s the 15th anniversary of Groove Cruise subsequent week, a celebration you’ve performed a couple of occasions earlier than, final time in 2017, how are you feeling forward of this yr’s version?
"I’m enthusiastic about this yr’s Groove Cruise! We have our personal Undr The Radr and Eve levels the place we're showcasing a variety of our expertise from our occasions in addition to trying ahead to the Classics closing social gathering that’s at all times one in every of my faves to play for GC."
Given you’re now effectively versed in studying the Groove Cruise crowd, how do you put together to play a number of units all through the cruise?
"I be sure that I'm very current after I’m enjoying and feeding again to and from the group so as to see the place my set will go. In addition, I create a number of playlists to present me flexibility however permitting me to be organized to search out the music readily."
What are three issues everybody ought to pack for his or her Groove Cruise journey?
"A washing go well with, sunscreen and vitamin C (to maintain your immune system up throughout these sleepless nights!)."
Tell us what you've got received developing in 2019?
"I’m persevering with to develop the Undr The Radr Events in Florida and world wide, establishing a studio in Miami, a number of new releases, preparing for Ibiza and the summer time residencies in Europe and persevering with to construct a powerful workforce to execute our inventive imaginative and prescient."
Speaking of the longer term, what do you assume clubbing will appear to be within the yr 2050?
"I believe Virtual Reality might develop into a brand new means for individuals world wide to social gathering from their very own houses or areas — digital nightclubs the place you enter and an avatar. Very Ready Player One!"
And lastly, if you happen to may invite three individuals to a cocktail party lifeless or alive — who would they be and why?
"Ferran Adria: he could be the chef, however he's such an attention-grabbing and artistic culinary artist and really intense — he would want to take a seat and eat with us. Luc Besson: I’m a significant fan of his motion pictures La Femme Nikita and The Professional and we might focus on cinematic ideas. Finally, Salvador Dali: I’m fascinated by his surrealistic imaginative and prescient and creativity and I'd be intrigued by his tales and concepts."