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Roger Sanchez

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Roger Sanchez is a Grammy-winning, Dominican-American house music DJ and producer. In the early 90s, he helped make Strictly Rhythm one of the premier labels for great electronic music, and his influence has only grown as the decades roll by.

In the early 80s, Roger was a student at the Manhattan School of Art and Design. But while he was studying architecture, he was fascinated by the growing graffiti and breakdancing scene in his native New York. As he’d already been DJing since he was 13, Roger was mixing at several New York hotspots through college before he eventually dropped out to pursue music full-time. In the early days, he sold his mixtapes on the streets of Broadway to finance his early gigs. And in 1990, he released his first 12-inch single “Dreamworld” under the name Egotrip. A man of many aliases, he would also join Strictly Rhythm Records around this time, releasing music this time as Underground Solution.

Later productions from Roger would cement his status as one of Strictly Rhythm’s greatest artists and one of the world’s leading mainstream producers. As word got out about his production magic, he was tapped to create remixes for an array of stars like Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, and No Doubt.

Now a mainstay in house music, Roger Sanchez has been commemorated by the DJ Awards as “Best House DJ” four times. He’s maintained regular summer residencies in Ibiza, earned an international hit with 2001’s “Another Chance”, and founded his own label Stealth Records in 2002.

A man of many talents and a dizzying work ethic, Roger also hosts a weekly radio show and podcast. In 2007 the podcast was awarded the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards, and on December 21, 2020, the podcast aired its 1000th episode.

His dedication to his music and the evolution of the house scene has made Roger Sanchez a world-class DJ, and a global name in the house scene.