US superstar spinner Roger Sanchez chatted to Skrufff this week about his much anticipated new compilation Release Yourself Volume 7 and was typically effervescent about its elemental theme of water.
“I actually was getting ready to leave Ibiza last year and was looking out of my window at the ocean and I began reflecting on how the waves reminded me of music,” he recalled, “The tremendous energy generated by water inspired this year’s theme.”
The New York star said he considers having concepts ‘adds to the overall look and feel of the events; the décor and visuals at the performances provide a graphic representation of the vibe’ and stressed he took months compiling the compilation, as opposed to grabbing a pile of tracks and mixing then in an afternoon.
“I had to find the tracks that would embody the vibe for this year’s Release Yourself using as much exclusive and unreleased material as possible,” he explained, “Making sure they were available and getting them to flow in the best possible sequence is considerably more detailed than just a straight club mix.”
Compilation promo-talk aside, the S-Man was unusually tight-lipped on other topics, such as whether he’d been approached to be on Mixmag’s recent 25 years of dance culture all star cover.
“I wasn’t asked, but as always it leans heavily towards the trance DJs and artists,” said Roger, “I have to assume that’s what a great majority of their readers are into,” he speculated.
He was equally reticent about the financial health of his fledgling property empire, which 18 months ago he told Skrufff involved redeveloping and reselling up to 11 properties in New Jersey (now one of America’s worst affected areas for sub-prime mortgage defaulters).
‘The present housing market in America has made it more difficult,” he conceded, “And as such I am taking it slower with real estate at the moment,” he added.
On a happier note he spoke enthusiastically about his recent UK tour taking in more off the beaten track locations such as Northern Kiss Me Quick holiday resort Blackpool, explaining he approaches each gig professionally.
“I’m always 100% motivated but different places have varying crowds and a good DJ knows how to adjust to each of them,” said Roger, “I think the north has very enthusiastic crowds and I almost always enjoy playing there,” he added.
Roger Sanchez: Release Yourself Volume 7 is out now on Stealth Recordings.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)