Interview: DJ PP

28 October 2013 - - - The DJ List


Welcomed back onto the label delivering his own take on the thirteenth edition of the infamous Selector Series, GABRIEL ROCHA aka DJ PP has hand-picked a selection of his personal highlights from the ever-expanding Toolroom back catalogue.

DJ PP chooses his top 15 Toolroom tracks featuring the works of MARK KNIGHT, FAITHLESS, AXWELL, D.RAMIREZ, UNDERWORLD, DEADMAU5, DAVE SPOON, FEDDE LE GRAND and MARTIJN TEN VELDEN as well as his Beatport deep house number 1 success 'La Luna' and his remix of Mark Knight & FUNKAGENDA's all time classic 'Shogun'. Adding his own unique style to these classic productions in his full-length DJ mix and debuting a new exclusive track, 'Toolroom Records Selector Series 13: Gabriel Rocha aka DJ PP' is another welcome addition to the ever-expanding series.

We got a chance to sit down with DJ PP aka Gabriel Rocha to review his album.

How were you introduced to dance music?

When I was 10 years old, listening to FM radio M|A|R|R|S - Pump Up The Volume and this marked me; since that time, I became interested in electronic music only.

What is the story behind your alias - DJ PP?

It's a long story behind this name, a story of my childhood, all about a caricature, Quick Draw, McGraw and Baba Looey, here in South America called (Tiro Loco, McGraw and Pepe Trueno). I had a friend who was very tall and I am short so all my childhood friends called my “Pepe Trueno”. Before this only Pepe and when I started playing as a DJ, I took out the letters E for everyone it stayed as DJ PP. My mother picked a very cute name like Gabriel for me and my friends call me Pepe. I hope this well explained.

Who or what would you say inspires you to write music?

I hear a lot of music, 70's, 80's, 90's I think those make much in my career and listening to all this comes the

Describe to us your sound.

My sound regularly tend to have many percussions, but always try to innovate, I'm a little tired of hearing producers always do the same. This year I'm trying to use more sounds with MIDI. I think this makes a difference when producing. But I usually go at the beginning of house music, using samples to form a track, many new artists do not know that this was the beginning of house music.

We really love your track "Hot Stuff"! Talk to us about that.

Thanks! This is what I mean when I say they should try to innovate a little more because there is a monotonous sound there today. All the producers are doing the same sound. Boring! Hot stuff is unlike any track you find in tech house or house music and I hope this track goes to the top!

"La Luna" has seen much success! What's the story behind it?

Another track that made the difference, I think that's what you kind of expect as a DJ, something that makes a difference in the set and now you can hear new track in for a DJ set…is like putting a loop of two hours eheheeh.

How is the music scene in Latin America?

The music scene is great, but for good electronic music is very small, and each day that passes is smaller, I think the EDM music as they call it now, to put electronic dance music, in the top of the world. I do not really like this music, but I respect their business.

What has been your favorite show this year so far?

Ministry of Sound in London (Toolroom Knight) was amazing.

Anything you'd like to say or share with your fans?

If for my fans that I love them, thanks for the support all these years, I will remain firm always looking for new things to make a difference.

Bonus Question: If you weren't an artist what would you imagine yourself to be?

Something that has to do with music surely :)

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