We met Rodg right after his stunning set at ASOT900 for a chat about his upcoming album ‘FATE’ , the direction his music is taking and some insights on his tour life; check out what this talented artist told us 🙂
TBA: Hi, Rodg!! How you doin’ man?
R: I’m good, thank you
TBA: How does it feel to be playing again at A State Of Trance?
R: Amazing, it feels like coming home, it was great! I’ve played a lot of new records, had a different time slot, usually I am on early but tonight I played 1 to 2 am, it was great! I am very happy!
TBA: Can you tell us something about the new album?
R: I can tell you I just played a lot of records from the album haha! You know like High On Life was a little bit deeper than the album I did with Ruben ( togetheRR) .. I think if I work on my own stuff in general it’s a little bit deeper side of the progressive trance and that’s what I did again, it what came out of my fingers while producing it and I just tested out a lot of those new tunes and I am very happy with the reaction of the crowd, it’s amazing, a great feeling!
TBA: Are you also touring a lot these days?
R: I am touring a lot, I am going to the United States in 3 weeks and I am super excited
TBA: Which are the 3 things you always bring with you while traveling?
R: Obviously headphones, an extra charger pack and really comfy pants to sit in the planes
TBA: Are there any other upcoming gigs you are very excited about?
R: Well I am very excited to return to one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, it’s not announced yet, but it will soon,just saying! And as I were telling you, I am going to the United States , I haven’t played so much in states and there are so many trance fans out there and I can’t wait to see them there and play for them and have a good time to make great parties.
TBA: Do you think the European crowd gets a different vibe from the American one?
R: Well, hard to say because I haven’t played much in the U.S.A. but in general you can see a lot of differences, in the Netherlands , the typical Dutch crowd is a little bit difficult,is a tough cookie to crack let’s say,a tough cookie, in Poland for instance it just goes off, I love Poland, I love Mexico,…the energy is different everywhere, you know, I can say Spain has a fantastic energy for instance Ibiza..but well in Ibiza people come from everywhere so it’s hard to say if it is a Spanish thing haha. So it’s a different experience every time but it’ s also what makes it so much fun as nothing is the same ad you need to just feel the crowd and do whatever they want, at least I try to do whatever they want and make it work.
TBA: Back to your new album, how did you pick the title ’FATE’ ?
R: Fate basically means ….well you know life brings you certain things you might not expect and in the last couple of years a lot of things I didn’t expect come my way, both in business and in personal life and I am very happy at the moment, I went through some difficult times but you it takes a leap of faith to change and on that time I was writing on the album so it was the only perfect title I could give it, it’s quite emotional but yeah, maybe I am an emotional guy! Haha!
TBA: Is there a tune in the album that challenged you the most?
R: Well there a couple of tunes that are not really trance and lean more towards techno but I do kept certain melodic elements, but these are quite experimental so yeah a bit challenging
TBA: Statement Recordings is on its 13th anniversary, what would you say to Ruben?
R: Ruben I love you mate, very happy to be on the label we are gonna do a lot of amazing stuff in the future, very happy to be part of it, thank you!
TBA: Awesome, thanks a lot and hope to see you very soon!
R: We will! Grazie mille!