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Rob Cockerton: “Ibiza Is For Life, Not Just For Summer”

Rob Cockerton talks Ibiza, the new "underground scene" plus a lot more.

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Rob Cockerton is a name synonymous with the underground dance music scene. He has been hailed as the artist to introduce Nic Fanciulli and is slowly gaining credit to the wider scene now with his association with the likes of Abode Records. Two new EPs have arrived on the label in the last few months and his sound is becoming demanded by fans. Rob opens up about the changing scene, Ibiza, new music and a lot more below.

Rob Cockerton is known as a ‘stalwart’ on the underground scene for over 25 years now, and credited for introducing Nic Fanciulli to Djing, you have witnessed a lot of change on the dance music scene. What was the scene like when you first started out?

It was next level back in the day, I struggle to even compare today’s scene with yesteryear.

In terms of the way underground dance music is now, compared to back then, has there been a significant change which you have witnessed?

Back in the day, the only way you would hear good underground dance music was at the raves & the clubs, buying vinyl was the only way you could get your hands on these tracks, today it’s readily available, it’s so disposable as well, I often hear young up and coming DJ’s playing tracks that are not even out yet & one’s they should not even have copies of! WTF!!!

I also wanted to get your opinion on the more mainstream side of the scene. The rise in festivals in the likes of America, and scenes in areas such as Asia exploding, how do you think this has, or will, impact underground dance music?

It opens doors for the underground as well as the mainstream, introducing people to dance music worldwide is a good thing right?

You have also been playing out in the likes of Ibiza, with the Abode party series. Has Ibiza seen a significant change and can you see the difference in the party island?

89 was my first visit to Ibiza, and yes it has changed dramatically, but again that’s a good thing, I’m not gonna sit here and say ‘back in the day blah blah’ because each year it pulls it out the bag! Ibiza is and always will be as magical as it was back then, and it continues to amaze every season! just remember ‘’Ibiza is for life, not just for summer’’!

On to the music and you have recently released the ‘Design Your Life’ EP. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the tracks, how they came about?

This was my second EP on Abode Records and just like the previous release my focus was on all things house, I dug deep into my vinyl collection and used tracks I played in the 90’s as inspiration.

And in terms of your production methods and techniques within the studio, is there a certain pattern which you carry out when producing tracks?

I still apply the same technique as I did way back when i first started making music…

Looking towards the next few months, can fans of Rob Cockerton expect to hear more new music?

Yes I have another collab with Mark Fanciulli forthcoming on a dream label, I cannot wait to share that with you all…

Is there any artists which you like to work with in the studio, who’s productions you really like?

Dennis Ferrer, Adriatique, Collective Machine, Steve Mac & my bro Nic Fanciulli we have to lay something down before we get to old!!!!

On an overall note, what can fans expect to see from you? Will there be plenty of shows?

Berlin & Ibiza this weekend, Abode in the Park, the social festival, AFTRS at The Source, loads to catch me playing at!!!

I also wanted to chat with you about the resurgence of vinyl, with sales doubling and growing ever more popular. What’s your opinion on vinyl?

I play vinyl any chance I can, I still record shop, I love this revival!

Could you see more DJs beginning to turn to vinyl when DJing or has the technology become so attractive and easier for DJs to perform with?

I think technology will win that one all day long!

Rounding off, what would be your one piece of advice for a DJ or producer looking to become involved with dance music?

Get a real job!!! No only joking! Be yourself, be humble, support your scene, respect your peers, stay focused, create your sound, don’t imitate, do not give up! If you throw enough mud up the wall something will eventually stick! And most importantly be social media savy – create ‘you’.

For more information on Rob Cockerton:
https://www.facebook.com/djrobcockerton/
https://twitter.com/rockerton
https://soundcloud.com/rob-cockerton

Rob Cockerton Press

Rob Cockerton.

Rob Cockerton is a name synonymous with the underground dance music scene. He has been hailed as the artist to introduce Nic Fanciulli and is slowly gaining credit to the wider scene now with his association with the likes of Abode Records. Two new EPs have arrived on the label in the last few months and his sound is becoming demanded by fans. Rob opens up about the changing scene, Ibiza, new music and a lot more below.

Rob Cockerton is known as a ‘stalwart’ on the underground scene for over 25 years now, and credited for introducing Nic Fanciulli to Djing, you have witnessed a lot of change on the dance music scene. What was the scene like when you first started out?

It was next level back in the day, I struggle to even compare today’s scene with yesteryear.

In terms of the way underground dance music is now, compared to back then, has there been a significant change which you have witnessed?

Back in the day, the only way you would hear good underground dance music was at the raves & the clubs, buying vinyl was the only way you could get your hands on these tracks, today it’s readily available, it’s so disposable as well, I often hear young up and coming DJ’s playing tracks that are not even out yet & one’s they should not even have copies of! WTF!!!

Rob Cockerton.

I also wanted to get your opinion on the more mainstream side of the scene. The rise in festivals in the likes of America, and scenes in areas such as Asia exploding, how do you think this has, or will, impact underground dance music?

It opens doors for the underground as well as the mainstream, introducing people to dance music worldwide is a good thing right?

You have also been playing out in the likes of Ibiza, with the Abode party series. Has Ibiza seen a significant change and can you see the difference in the party island?

89 was my first visit to Ibiza, and yes it has changed dramatically, but again that’s a good thing, I’m not gonna sit here and say ‘back in the day blah blah’ because each year it pulls it out the bag! Ibiza is and always will be as magical as it was back then, and it continues to amaze every season! just remember ‘’Ibiza is for life, not just for summer’’!

On to the music and you have recently released the ‘Design Your Life’ EP. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the tracks, how they came about?

Rob Cockerton.

This was my second EP on Abode Records and just like the previous release my focus was on all things house, I dug deep into my vinyl collection and used tracks I played in the 90’s as inspiration.

And in terms of your production methods and techniques within the studio, is there a certain pattern which you carry out when producing tracks?

I still apply the same technique as I did way back when i first started making music…

Looking towards the next few months, can fans of Rob Cockerton expect to hear more new music?

Yes I have another collab with Mark Fanciulli forthcoming on a dream label, I cannot wait to share that with you all…

Is there any artists which you like to work with in the studio, who’s productions you really like?

Dennis Ferrer, Adriatique, Collective Machine, Steve Mac & my bro Nic Fanciulli we have to lay something down before we get to old!!!!

On an overall note, what can fans expect to see from you? Will there be plenty of shows?

Rob Cockerton.

Berlin & Ibiza this weekend, Abode in the Park, the social festival, AFTRS at The Source, loads to catch me playing at!!!

I also wanted to chat with you about the resurgence of vinyl, with sales doubling and growing ever more popular. What’s your opinion on vinyl?

I play vinyl any chance I can, I still record shop, I love this revival!

Could you see more DJs beginning to turn to vinyl when DJing or has the technology become so attractive and easier for DJs to perform with?

I think technology will win that one all day long!

Rounding off, what would be your one piece of advice for a DJ or producer looking to become involved with dance music?

Get a real job!!! No only joking! Be yourself, be humble, support your scene, respect your peers, stay focused, create your sound, don’t imitate, do not give up! If you throw enough mud up the wall something will eventually stick! And most importantly be social media savy – create ‘you’.

For more information on Rob Cockerton:
https://www.facebook.com/djrobcockerton/
https://twitter.com/rockerton
https://soundcloud.com/rob-cockerton

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