Hailing from Calgary Alberta, Rodi Style has become Canada's leading Hard House and NRG producer and Dj. Rodi has had numerous releases on many of the top labels in Hard house and NRG in the scene today. Rodi got together with Dan Dyson and starteda small digital label called Dual Cyclone Recordings which kick started their production careers.
Rodi's first vinyl release was "Messing with your mind" on Hard Sounds, and since then he has gone on to produce amazing tracks such as "Chopped Up" on Hardsounds, "Mood Killer" on Toolbox, and he has had numerous releases on various other labels. As well, he has many forthcoming releases.
Rodi Style is known throughout the world not only for his productions, but also for his crazy mad dj sets which consist of perfect mixing, amazing scratching and technical sampling throughout his sets which always pummel the dancefloor.
First off thanks Rodi for taking the time out to do this.
For those who do not know, where abouts are you from?
Currently I'm residing in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Last night it was pouring rain and flooding in certain parts of the city. I saw cars submerged underwater on my quest to go play some badminton (we didn’t make it). It’s going to be a repeat of last year as well with the mosquitoes after the rain. Run for your lives!!!
How would you describe the scene out there at the moment?
The Canadian scene is thriving in some ways yet dieing in others. The house & clubbing scene has really blown up over the last year and the amount of big name DJs making their way over is awesome. However the all night rave and hard dance scene has really slowed down lately. Fingers crossed that things pick up or I’m packing my bags and moving to the UK haha!!
Why did hard house become your preffered sound. With so many other genres making a big splash here in canada. Here there is a small market for hard nrg
What kind of sounds do you see coming into the hard house scene?
I think the groove in hard house is making a return. Paul Maddox’s Olive Grooves alias is making some really great warm up style material and it’s really bringing the groove to “hard dance” which is nice because it’s a bit more dance floor friendly for new people.
How long have you been producing/djing? What are some of the programs and plug-ins you use?
I’ve been DJ’ing for 5 years and producing for the last 2 years. I’m all about Cubase and some of my favorite plug-ins include; Vanguard, Nexus, V-Station, Battery, Kontakt and this new one called Massive (it rocks)
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my style as the harder edge of hard house. My choice track would have a nice thick bassline, a dash of acid, a pint of hoover and a cup of dirty filthy synthlines.
What can we expect to hear from you in the coming year?
Hopefully a lot more tracks released. I’ve been hard at work on my productions and am really excited for my forthcoming tracks on various labels. A few notable ones include a long overdue “Brain Cracking” which is due out on Xtension Records very soon. Also a track I did with Bryan Doyle called “Wide Awake” which is due for release on Oktane Records with a Frank Farrell remix.
Are there any producers that you have not worked with yet, that you would like to?
There’s a ton of producers I’d love to work with. I’ve been a huge fan of Paul Maddox’s work so watching him work or working with him would be wicked. A few others I’d love to work with would include Equinox, Defective Audio, Frank Farrell, Dynamic Intervention and Dave Owens. All are really awesome producers and the stuff they’re coming out find their way into my box and refuse to leave.
Do you use all CDs or is there still some wax in your bag?
All the music I play now is on CDs but I do still scratch with vinyl. I find CDs just can’t replicate the feel of vinyl when it comes to scratching. It’d be a bonus if needles didn’t skip though.
You have recently played in Toronto for the first time, how was your experience?
It was a really wicked time, I did a 2x4 battle with DJ Opel and it was a rocking good time. The crowd was really into the music and Opel & I clicked really well so the set was a lot of fun. I also had the privilege of going to the Toronto FC game. I’ve never been to a soccer/football game before and the fans are just crazy! It was really great fun, I wish Calgary had a team now.
Besides djing what else do you do for fun?
During my spare time if I’m not DJ’ing or producing I’m either hanging out with my girlfriend, playing badminton, or hanging out with my friends. Starcraft 2 is coming soon though! I’ll be hibernating when that comes out haha.
Thanks again for an awsome interview, any last words?
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