Congorock @ Ultrabar - 1.22.15

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Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:00pm. (Updated: 1/26/15 at 2:37pm) Add comments

Congorock

 Thursday January 22, 2015

Doors at 10PM | No dress code | Ages 18+

Ultrabar • 911 F Street NW • Washington, DC

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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, like David Guetta at the legendary Cocoricò of Riccione where he recently shared the console. The Leccese’s powerful electro-house sound and his tropical deejay sets have gained the support from Afrojack to Diplo, from Tiësto to Benny Benassi, from Martin Solveig to Duck Sauce and the Crookers. They’re all expectantly awaiting August for his new single Sirius and the new album recorded in Jamaica with local singers, out this winter. Check it out.
In an age when the internet has democratized and globalized music production – if it still matters what passport an artist is carrying – check it out: one of the brightest up-and-comers in international dance music is Italian.
Rocco Rampino, also known as Congorock, was born in the Italian province of Lecce in 1983. He passed through Forli and Milan before settling permanently in Los Angeles, where he lives and produces music. This rising star possesses a rare combination of instinct and technique – he’ll play any instrument you give him, generally very well.
But first thing’s first. The story begins with the hardcore punk scene of the late 90s. It was mysterious, not even well known amongst followers of underground rock. But it was rich with talented, creative minds that exploded onto the scene with diverse bands. One was La Quiete (The Quiet), which, thanks to Rocco’s melodic, rock guitar riffs, became known around the world as screamo.
But Rocco’s passion for dance music led him to leave the handful of bands in which he was playing. He threw himself into it, first mixing vinyl records – he took to it quickly, effortlessly – and then he started producing tracks. This was when Italian electro-house blew up, with the Crookers and the Bloody Beetroots leading the way. Rocco worked with both, as well as with Blatta & Inesha. After that, Congorock went out on his own.
The taste for contaminated, peripheral dance sounds is never-ending. In spring Rocco flew to Kingston, Jamaica, where a series of local dancehall singers improvised on the latest beats that Rocco brought along for the occasion. The collaboration resulted in a debut album up for release next winter. The upcoming instrumental single Sirius will hold you over, with its video out on Aug. 23. Both are being released by the giant Ultra Records, in whose catalog Congorock is in good company, with Tiësto, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold and dozens of other superstars.
He’s here to stay.

 

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