What do you know about House music? Probably not as much as veteran DJ & producer Roger Sanchez. The NYC-based Sanchez, who also goes by the alias S-Man, has been doing the House music thing since the mid-1990s. Though I regularly listen to Roger Sanchez’s “Release Yourself” radio shows, it pains me to say I’ve yet to see him do his thing live behind the decks. Luckily that all changes this Friday when Roger Sanchez stops by San Francisco’s Audio nightclub as part of his U.S. and Canada Summer tour. Sanchez’s series of Summer gigs started off at the famous Spy Bar in Chicago and moved through Montreal, Miami, NYC and rounds out with several more dates before wrapping up back in New York. The good news? We have your chance to win a pair of free tickets to see the S-Man this Friday at Audio. The better news? The winner and his or her guest will get to meet and greet Roger!
The S-Man has probably the best radio voice of any DJ out there – but what I think sets him apart is his phenomenal song selection/record library and his even more impressive skills on the decks (see video below). For those not in tune with the sounds of Roger Sanchez, his alias S-Man leans towards the deeper and darker side of House music (you can probably compare this to Eric Prydz DJing and producing under his darker Techno moniker Cirez D). During Sanchez’s current Summer tour, S-Man will be playing it deeper and darker and fans can expect to hear something different than your everyday anthems, though I’m sure there will be something for all types of House fans. So why is Sanchez going back to his days as the S-Man? It’s because he’s celebrating 20 years of this persona and just put out a special release collection of his new single, “Dangerous Thoughts” on his brand new imprint, UNDR THE RADR. “Dangerous Thoughts” has already been championed by Mark Knight, Dubfire, Aeroplane, Groove Armada, Huxley, Tensnake, Steve Aoki & more, and certainly sets the bar high for what we can expect from the S-Man and UNDR THE RADR this year.
Without further adieu, throw a few contest entries onto the board and cross your fingers that you’ll be attending Roger Sanchez’s show as well as meeting him this Friday in San Francisco. I mean, the guy won a Grammy in 2003 for Best Remixed Recording for his remix of No Doubt’s “Hella Good”, so doesn’t that mean you should see what all the fuss is about?