KXSC Interview - Congorock

KXSC Interview - Congorock


From underground phenomenon to emerging star of the world's biggest dance floors: the hottest fresh face of international dance music hails from Italy: Congorock. In only two years, with the single Babylon, the remix of Somebody to Love (Boy George/Mark Ronson), and One (Swedish House Mafia), Rocco Rampino has earned the respect of the most famous names in the game. KXSC’s own DJ Ahmar had a chance to chat with Rocco on the first leg of his 2012 Summer Tour through North American.


How did you begin as a musician? Was this from an early age?

I started playing piano when I was 6. I grew up in a music environment because my dad was a music enthusiast who had all these keyboards and it was very natural for me to start playing piano. Then I followed some piano lessons and eventually started playing guitar in bands learning by myself. I wanted to play loud music because piano wasn’t loud enough for me. After bands, I decided to go on a solo project and try something by myself.


I understand punk music was one of your favorite genres. How did you have access to the music you were getting?

When I started listening to punk rock, there were no record stores in my village in Italy where you could get punk rock, so I bought many records from mail-order or through underground distributors. Back in that day, the internet wasn’t popular yet so I was placing my orders by phone or by mail.


I understand that your inspiration to begin producing music dance music came after first listening to the album “Rooty” by the Basement Jaxx

I think Basement Jaxx “Rooty” is the greatest dance album of all time. You know I love other artists like Daft Punk too, but looking at the whole album Rooty sounds like one great single after another. Also, I like the artwork and that album came out at the right time for me and reminds me of good memories.


What would you say was the turning point as a producer?

The Basement Jaxx album came out in 2001, but I also credit meeting Bob Rifo of the Bloody Beetroots many years later who showed me how to begin making dance music. Around 2007, a few months after I had met Bob who was teaching me how to produce dance music. I decided to make a song on my own and post it on a few music blogs like Discobelle. I got a message 2 days later from A-Trak who heard my song on Discobelle, wanting to sign me to Fool’s Gold Records.


You really seemed to reach a wide audience with your 2010 release “Babylon.” Was there a story behind making that song?

That track came out in a moment where I really was not inspired. For some reason at the time, it was the most experimental thing I had ever done. The day I wrote the song (a year before the actual release), the track was really experimental to me. I was trying to make tribal music sound aggressive. Maybe now it doesn’t seem so experimental because that sound became kind of popular, but at the time it sounded weird.


Not long ago you scored the Liu Kang theme for the recent Mortal Kombat game. What would you say are your favorite games to play?
Mass Effect is my favorite, but I also like The Elder Scrolls Skyrim and LA Noire


Any artists you’d like to collaborate with?

I’d really like to collaborate with Robyn. I’d also like to collaborate with Noah Lennox AKA Panda Bear from Animal Collective but I read somewhere he was working with Daft Punk so he’s probably taken :)


Would you ever be interested in collaborating with D.I.M. of Boys Noize records? It feels as if your sounds might work well together.

Yes, I really like the idea of working together with D.I.M., I think it would be interesting


Any new or upcoming artists you want to support?

I really believe NT89 is gonna be a DJ everybody is talking about. He’s young, has a great vision about his music and I think he’s gonna make great work in the next years.


With your latest release “Ivory” on Ultra Records, what can you tell us about the direction of your sound?

That’s another track I made without caring about any standard of club music. With Ivory, I did a track exactly the way I wanted and eventually it sounded very tribal, very percussive with a strong atmosphere and I really love the synth section. That seems to be my way, to make my songs sound a little bit exotic, but very loud and aggressive.


You’re starting on your North America tour this week with one of your first shows this Friday at the legendary Avalon in Hollywood for Control Fridays.

Yes, this is the first time I’ve done so many cities like this. This tour is exciting because I’m playing in so many cities I’ve never played before like Orlando, Mexico City and Victoria, BC.


Any cities you would love to play?

I hope to one day play in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I heard the shows there are real crazy. Hopefully I’ll get to play there, or maybe I’ll just make it there as a tourist.


What new projects can your fans expect coming out soon?

I’m doing a remix with Zedd, working on collaboration and finishing my album which should be coming out next fall.


We look forward to it, thank you!

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Congorock North American US Tour - Summer 2012

Thu June 7th – Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA

Fri June 8th – Avalon – Hollywood, CA

Sat June 9th – Auditorio Las Americas – Mexico City

Sun June 10th - Upstairs Cabaret - Victoria, BC

Thu June 14th – Lit Ultra Bar – Philadelphia, PA

Fri June 15th – Vain Nightclub – Orlando, FL

Sat June 16th – SET – Miami, FL

Sun June 17th – Wavehouse – San Diego, CA

Thu June 21st – Beta – Denver, CO

Fri June 22nd – Kingdom – Austin, TX

Sat June 23rd – The Great Saltair – Magna, UT

Sun June 24th - Ocean Club - Quincy, MA


“The View From Nowhere” is a weekly show hosted by DJ Ahmar airing on KXSC Radio in Los Angeles

It's Almost here.....Coachella 2010

It’s almost here…

Coachella 2010

We’re just one a week away from the 11th Annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which has brought together some of the most amazing performances (Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Rage Against the Machine) in Indio, CA. To top it off, Coachella weekend will be accompanied by a number of other events:

1.MLF 2010

The 4th annual Music Loves Fashion ‘10 event at the Riviera hotel in Palm Springs, CA. For convenience, purchasing any of the room packages will grant you access to both the MLF pool party and ballroom event featuring performances by Joel Madden, the Crystal Method (DJ set), Shiny Toy Guns & Hybrid Digital.. Line-up For package details, click the link HERE or visit www.musiclovesfashion.com

2. Filter Magazine’s Coachella Kick-Off Party

Filter 2010

Filter magazine presents its 7th annual Coachella Kick off sponsored by Toyota Antics on Thursday, 4/15 featuring DJ sets by Jokers of the Scene, Micachu & The Shapes, Deluka, Afghan Raiders (We're not DJ's), Kid Color, Hesta Prynn, Kid Lightning vs. Them Jeans, and of course, a super-secret surprise guest who will not disappoint. We like surprises. More info available here:


3. Anthem Magazine party at the La Goon

Ahhh yes, the legendary (oh-so-secret) Anthem Magazine party will take place once again this year. Those in attendance will recall Anthem’s previous Coachella events over the years (Anthem Ranch 2009, Pool Party 2008) including appearances by the Ed Banger Crew, Surkin, Boys Noize and a flurry of other surprises. Lineup not announced yet for this year’s Anthem “LA GOON”, but probably a good thing since many of our readers will only grow more and more jealous. More info here:


KSCR will be there all weekend covering the splendor in the desert, as well as our friends over at ClubSoda.FM

Stay tuned!

The View From Nowhere 02-02-2010 (DOWNLOAD)

"The View From Nowhere" - Spinning an eclectic mix of House Music & Electro, spanning the most soulful to the most distorted

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Air Date: 02-02-2010 10pm-12:00am

Photo Credit: Walter Bibikow

Right Click and Save As to Download: Download: http://joshhubi.com/drop/ahmar/VFN/VFN%20-%20Radio%20Show%2002-02-2010.mp3 Tracklist Nouvelle Vague - The Guns of Brixton VFN/WDPK Intro The Clash - The Guns of Brixton Eli Escobar - Heavenly Break (DJ Falcon Medley) 20th Century Steel Band - Heaven and Hell is on Earth Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels Cassius - Hi Water Linus Loves - The Love BWH - Stop (Nathan Wilkins & Midnight Mike Edit) Sébastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (SebastiAn Remix) Ratatat - Lex Lonnie Liston Smith - A Garden of Peace Jay-Z - Dead Presidents II Talib Kweli ft. Jay-Z & Busta Rhymes - Get By The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff - Summertime Kanye West - Touch the Sky Outkast - ATLiens Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy Luniz - I Got 5 On It Kanye West - Good Life (Feat. T-Pain) Ne-Yo - Miss Independent Kanye West - Flashing Lights (Feat. Dwele) Jamie Foxx Feat. T-Pain - Blame It (RBL Intro) Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote Yelle - Ce Jeu (The Twelves Remix) N.E.R.D. - She Wants To Move INXS - Need You Tonight A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour Navigators - Superstar Chic - I Want Your Love Arrested Development - Mr. Wendal Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You Pryda - Wakanpi (Original Mix) Siriusmo - High Together Tone Loc - Wild Thing Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl Chromeo - Fancy Footwork Duck Sauce - aNYway Duck Sauce - You're Nasty Daft Punk - Burnin' Busta Funk - Back to the Old School Scenario Rock - Skitzo Dancer (Justice Remix) (sample) Retro/Grade - Moda LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous! (Soulwax Remix) Soulwax - Another Excuse (DFA Remix) Mylo - Otto's Journey Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (Justice Edit) Prinnce - Conntroversy Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots Green Velvet - Shake & Pop Kanye West X Justice X Diplo X A-Trak - Fortisphere (VFN's Immuzikation Intro Edit) Featured Artist - Retro/Grade (http://www.myspace.com/retrogradeishere) Disclaimer: If the respective artists wish to have these uploads removed, please contact publications@kscr.org and content will be taken down.

The View From Nowhere 01-13-2010 (DOWNLOAD)

"The View From Nowhere" - Spinning an eclectic mix of House Music & Electro, spanning the most soulful to the most distorted 


Featured on KSCR Radio (http://kscr.org,1560AM)

Air Date: 01-13-2010 10pm-12:00am

Photo Credit: Pixdaus                             


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The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever WDPK/VFN Intro Bill Finley (Winslow) - Faust (OST - The Phantom of the Paradise) Paul Williams (Swan) - Faust (OST - The Phantom of the Paradise) Vann Halen - Right Now Cassius - Hi Water Pryda - Waves Fabian - Heatwave Grafton Primary - I Can Cook (Miami Horror Remix) The Black Ghosts - Any Way (Fake Blood mix) (sample) Gonzales - Working Together (Boys Noize Dub Mix) Fantastadon - Can't Help It (sample) Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (sample) Cheap and Cheerful (SebastiAn Remix) Simian Mobile Disco - Tits and Acid Armand Van Helden - NYC Beat The Police - Roxanne (DiscoTech remix) Two Door - Something Good Can Work Munk - Live Fast Die Old! Phoenix - Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix) Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane Remix) Digitalism - Jupiter Room (sample) Digitalism - Echoes Jamiroquai - Canned Heat Classixx (feat. Jeppe) - I'll Get You (myspace.com/classixxmusic)

Supertramp - Downstream


Featured Artist: FABIAN (http://myspace.com/iamfabian)







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The View From Nowhere 11-24-2009 (DOWNLOAD)

"The View From Nowhere" - Spinning an eclectic mix of House Music & Electro, spanning the most soulful to the most distorted


Featured on KSCR Radio (http://kscr.org,1560AM) Air Date: 11-24-2009 10pm-12:00am; photo credit


Simian Mobile Disco @ the Mayan Theatre (11/25) Breakbot - Debut North American Tour (Avalon Hollywood 11/27, Sevilla 12/1) Photography & Event info Courtesy of Club Soda (http://www.clubsoda.fm) Ticket Giveaways Courtesy of INfamous PR

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Tracklist Roy Ayers - Chicago VFN/WDPK Intro Midnight Juggernauts - Intro Jackson Jones - I Feel Good (Pilooski Edit) Linkwood Family - Piece of Mind Flight of the Conchords - Foux Du Fafa Plastique De Reve - Lost in the City (Feat. Ghostape) Lifelike - L.O.V.E. Is What You Need Siriusmo - High Together High Powered Boys - Hoes Get Down (sample) The Juan Maclean - Happy House Metro Area - Miura Daft Punk - Rollin' and Scratchin' (sample) The Police - Synchroncity (Fred Falke Edit - VFN Fix) Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen (sample) Thee Jamie Starr Scenario - Welcome 2 Thee Lite Da Mongoloids - Spark Da Meth (Bangin Like A Benzi Mix) (sample) Live Element - Be Free Fred Falke - Back to Stay Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity of Huge Benny Benassi - Finger Food High Powered Boys - Up Down (sample) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) PNAU - Baby (Breakbot Remix) Roy Davis Jr. - I Have a Vision (Todd Edwards' Enlightened Vocal Mix) Midnight Juggernauts - Into the Galaxy   Disclaimer: If the respective artists wish to have these uploads removed, please contact publications@kscr.org and content will be taken down.


Electro? LA Halloween Options 2008

So Halloween is this Friday. Still don't have plans? Like electronic music? We can help.  The good thing is that this Halloween there are plenty of choices of events to go to. You have an opportunity to go to not one, not two, but three places in the same night.  First off, the most recently announced event is an Ed Banger Halloween Party. 

Sponsored by Nike, the french Ed Bangers DJs will be hosting a Halloween Kick-Off party at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. This is the same theater that Soulwax will be screening their Part of the Weekend Never Dies on the 28th. The new Busy P AirForces will be unveiled at the event, and you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the Ed Rec Crue, while still outfitted in your Daft Punk knock-off Halloween costume. There's no RSVP, so just show up. The event starts at 5PM at the Montalban.


What to do next? Well, of course there's Hard Haunted Mansion, but if you don't have tickets to it, or if you intend on showing up late, you could always check out an event sponsored by LA Metromix.

The people who brought you the weekly DanceRight event at La Cita bring you Drop-Dead Gorgeous Halloween at the Natural History Museum directly South of USC. Here you can catch DJ Sets from Treasure FingersClassixx, and my pick Holy Ghost. The best part of this event is that it is absolutely free for admission. Don't want to fork out $60 for a Hard Ticket? This is your best bet. There is a catch, though, to admission: you simply need to RSVP. Easy, right? Open up your favorite email program or webmail site and send your confirmation over to metromix@danceright.com. If you're going to this event and staying there, enjoy yourself. But if not, you always have the option of walking over to Hard Fest going on within walking distance. A safe bet would be to pay couple bucks and parking over at the University of Southern California Parking Structure X on Figueroa. This parking structure is located right in between, and is walking distance, both the Metromix and Hard events. That being said, you can head north on Figueroa and find yourself at one of the most epic electronic events that Los Angeles has ever hosted. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Meet Hard Haunted Mansion

With a line-up featuring the biggest names in electronic music, I have no doubt that this event will be the highlight of the night. You will have an opportunity to catch the likes of JusticeSoulwaxSMDBoys Noize, Crystal Castles, Crookers, and a few others...... all in the same night! If you haven't bought your tickets for this yet, you should because they may sell out and/or reach capacity early. So get your costume, get your ass to the Shrine on Halloween night, and prepare for one of the biggest nights of electronic music ever to take place in the western hemisphere.  ------------------------------------------------------------------ But wait.... there's more. Still not satisfied? Halloween is not just a night... it's the whole weekend.
By the time you wake up the following morning hungover from Hard Fest, you have just enough time to get yourself and a few close companions in a car, and head east to the northbound Interstate 15. Follow the road for a couple hundred miles, and you will end up in Las Vegas where the party never ends. The Fabulous Festival is the biggest electronic show in Las Vegas history, where you can catch sets from  MSTRKRFTCrystal Castles (again), DEADMAU5, HeartsRevolution, and [once again] the Ed Banger Crew featuring Busy P, DJ Mehdi, SebastiAn, SoMe and Mr Flash. Since Las Vegas is lenient with ordinances, curfews and whatnot, expect this event to go on until the wee hours. And if these don't satisfy you... I don't know what else to say.

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