October 21, 2021

A high on life kind of chat with RODG

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In a world jam-packed with one-hit wonders, extremely consistent producers of dance music have always been sought-after. And that makes Rodg one of the rare-breed. The humble Dutchman is one of the best kept Armada Music secrets, delivering top-notch releases on a regular basis.

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Photo courtesy of Remyonline

 

“One of the best producers of 2016” Armin van Buuren

 

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J: Hi Rogier, first of all, congrats on the success your album  High On Life  is getting worldwide, (and among my neighbors LOL)…Did you expect such a huge reaction?

R: Well not really… I didn’t expect anything actually so an album well received like this was something really special.

J: Talking about the producing aspects, was it all flowing nice and smooth or did you ever felt stuck at some point during the making of the album?

R: I think every producer feels stuck at some point making the album. I had it quite bad between ADE and the end of the year last year… Situations like that make you insecure, but in the end they might be there for a reason, I don’t know. At least I managed to get some music done after all, so that’s a good thing.

J: Being a producer and a dj, I guess it is very special to play a new track of yours for the very first time in front of a crowd…did it get you more excited or more nervous about the reaction of the fans ?

R: Haha combination of both I think. When I played A State Of Trance in Utrecht in February this year I was really nervous… Playing a lot of new records, and also being live streamed… That was quite something but I think it went well after all.

J: Can you tell me which artists did influence you the most so far?

R: Multiple artists influenced me a lot, there’s no one particular who influenced me the most. Years back it were Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha and John Digweed introducing me to that progressive sound, later Armin van Buuren and Eric Prydz added more inspiration with their more energetic sets.

J: And the one you really look up to?

R: Also difficult to name just 1 as I look up to many artists, on different aspects. I look up to Armin for instance for being a great DJ, Producer, Radio Show Host, Label Owner and how he manages to combine that with also his private life. I also look up to Martin Garrix for being so young and professional as a DJ with a pop star status. Lot of people have no idea of what kind of pressure those guys need to deal with. Yeah I look up to that.

 

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J:I know you will attend the very first Statement Night on Saturday (Grab your tickets here )and I wish you and all the other djs a great success and I hope you guys will export the concept abroad soon, so can you tell me something about it?

 

R: It’s something Ruben wanted to do for a long time already, and with the development of the label the last 2 years I think it’s great to make this step to the first club night. I’ve been with the label since 2013 as Ruben gave me a home for the progressive sound we both happen to really really love. I’m super happy and proud to be part of the label and also proud to be part of the first club night. I’m sure it’ll be the first of many 🙂

 

J:I’ve heard you and Ruben are working on a special B2B set for ASOTFESTNL ( Grab your tickets for ASOTFESTNL here) next February,and this is something I am really looking forward to, any insights you can reveal to us?

R: Wait and see 😉

J: What are you working on lately? (if it’s something you can tell already)

R: I’ve been working on music and can’t tell anything about it. Same as with the other question… Wait and see.

J: You love cats right? How many do you have ? I know you have a very special “ghost producer” in your studio, is your cat a kind of inspiration for your projects?

R: I do! I have two cats. Cats are not an inspiration to be honest, but they’re really good company in the studio while producing music.

J: When you are not working or touring, what do you like to do?

R: I like to.. Grab drinks with friends, visit restaurants to have great food or just hang on the couch and watch some series.

 

J: It looks like you are a great cook, any challenge among your fellow djs?

R: Haha yeah you see DJ Chef Top 100 once in a while on my Insta Stories while cooking. I think it’s more of a joke rather than a real competition. But you never know where it leads to 🙂

J: What is your relationship with social medias and how do you keep in touch with your fans?

R: Yeah I like using them, it’s challenging to be creative using them, I like that. I like to be in touch with fans on a personal level.

J: What are your favorite tools in studio? Any plugins you really love atm?

R: Favorite at the moment is Omnisphere. I’ve been using it for years actually already and every time I discover new things in that plugin. It’s great for everything almost 🙂

J: Any new collaboration on the way?

R: Oh yes! But can’t tell anything yet. I know it’s kind of lame to say that, but I really can’t.

J: The funniest thing ever happened while touring and the funniest one ever happened in your studio

R: Studio: not really funny but definitely something to mention. I was working on a track last week when I went out to grab a coffee… And when I came back my whole arrangement was simply backspaced. Deleted and couldn’t undo that. I guess my cat Bink walked over the keyboard and pressed backspace or something… Don’t know how he managed to get the project saved though, but it was quite annoying.

Tour: I was playing a show and the guy who was supposed to drive me back to the hotel got so drunk, that he couldn’t walk to his car without almost falling over. The hotel was only 500 meters away so I went for a walk 😉 If the hotel was on the other side of the city I would not have liked it but this way it was really funny.

J: Any chance to see you in Italy any soon?

R: I hope so! It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Italy, would love to come down to play a show 🙂

J: Leave a message for all your fans here 🙂

R: Thanks for all the support so far and there’s much more to come in 2017 🙂

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photo courtesy of 7L Photography

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