Set of the Week: Roger Sanchez and Oliver Heldens Go b2b for Ministry of Sound
Jan 20, 2022
2 min read
Legendary artist Roger Sanchez and young legend Oliver Heldens give an education in proper DJing amidst a gorgeous London sunset with this mix for Ministry Of Sound. The undeniable chemistry of two artists at the top of their game makes for an unforgettable set that the Gray Area team has had on repeat since we stumbled on it in our YouTube feed.
There's some magic happening behind the decks on this one. They aren't just playing track to track. They're telling a story. And watching these two communicate is just as fun as listening to the mix.
Sanchez is one of dance music's most revered DJs and producers. The Grammy Award winner discovered DJing in the '80s as a young breakdancer and graffiti artist. From his earliest days selling mixtapes on the streets of New York to his multiple residencies in Ibiza, Sanchez has exhibited unmatched creativity and innate musical ability. In his decade-spanning career, he's released countless dancefloor-filling hits and remixes for artists ranging from Michael Jackso to No Doubt.
While Oliver Heldens career doesn't go as far back as Sanchez's, he's cemented his legendary status through a relentless drive to reshape the face of dance music. The Dutch DJ was a pioneer of future house, and helped make it a global phenomenon. His Hi-Lo alias has allowed him to expand his musical footprint beyond mainstage EDM. He's become well respected in underground circles and worked alongside Nina Kraviz, Will Clarke, Sian, and Alok. He is among the top 500 most streamed artists on Spotify.