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Roger Sanchez: Architect of New York House Music

Aug 30, 2022

Melisa Yuriar

2 min read

A Grammy-Award-winning label boss and internationally renowned DJ, Roger Sanchez is one of house music’s major powerhouses. The Dominican-American house music DJ has been perfecting the art of the turntables since the 80s, during the heyday of hip hop’s popularity in New York.

For the producer, growing up in Queens, New York, meant exposure to a spectrum of genres and sounds, ones that he would go on to incorporate into his own original sets and works.

Roger is a global citizen—elements of salsa, blues, soul, disco, and hip-hop permeate the artist’s expansive discography even today.

The self-made turntablist began his career with a robust education in art and culture from the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture. From there, Roger’s passion for music expanded. He embraced hip hop and dance music culture as a graffiti artist, frequenting parties on the Bronx River with his friends. Soon after, he began to try his hand at DJing, working clubs all over the Big Apple.

Roger played alongside New York greats David Morales, and Danny Tenaglia. The boys pioneered a quintessentially New York sound and become revered selectors among the live events circuit in Europe, particularly in Ibiza, Spain.

Since 2000, Roger has been a staple on the White Isle maintaing his own residencies and throwing down on four decks for some of the world's most respected event producers. This year, Sanchez is playing the infamous party island nine times for Defected, Glitterbox, NERVONation, and Ibiza Anthems.

When he’s not touring internationally, he hosts his weekly radio show, Release Yourself, which boasts 15 million global listeners. The bi-weekly podcast continues to be a sounding board for the legendary artist's expert curation. He also runs the widely successful label Stealth Records. To date, he has released music by many of dance music's greatest acts, including Mark Knight, Avicii, Axwell, Laidback Luke, Pan-Pot, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello.

Roger continues to cement his place as one of house music’s heavyweights— championing the house genre through critically-acclaimed label releases and his dynamic yearly compilations featuring the latest and hottest artists in deep house, Latin, and tribal house music.

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