Om:cast 009 - Roberto Rodriguez
Jori Hulkkonen, Jesper Dahlbaeck, Roberto Rodriguez, Trentemøller… sounds wrong to you? Actually, it isn’t… Roberto fits perfectly well into that list of great northern producers, not only because he really is Scandinavian (grown up in Helsinki, with a Spanish father and a Finnish mother), but also due to his both modest and highly professional attitude and his long grown involvement with what we could call the “Nordic scene”.
Speaking of the Nordic scene: maybe you actually remember those warehouse parties in the late 80s full of Acidhouse and Detroit Techno – that was where Roberto first got into that funk infected old-school vibe, the foundation for his career as a true dancefloor shaker, remixing Jay Shepheard, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Tigerstripes, Estreo, Crazy P, Moritz Piske, Vanessa Daou or, most recently, Yoko Ono.
Over the years, Roberto not only collected releases on Compost, Freerange, Laka, Sonarkollektiv, Plastic City, 2020 Vision, Delusions of Grandeur or Moodmusic, but also formed various projects, covering all kinds of music: Acid Kings to satisfy his lust for live performance with the Roland TB 303, Robbyn Rhodes & Track ‘n’ Field for his relaxed music tendencies; the Future Beat Investigators followed the Detroit heritage and the Bermuda project came back to Cosmic & Italohouse.
With a pertinent mix of soulful, funky House Music, Roberto has been steadily building his career since the mid 90s, and finally the international dance circus seems to be prepared for his sound, his effective productions, impeccable Dj & Live Performance. Looks like he’s finally about to get what he deserves.