Roi Perez is a DJ with one seriously impressive rap sheet. In addition to playing legendary ten-hour sets at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, the Israeli electronic music producer & DJ has spent the last couple of years jetting around Europe playing some of the biggest clubs and proving himself to be at the top of the house and techno game. Ahead of his Superstore laser basement debut this Saturday for Homodrop, we caught up to chat favourite records, marathon sets and new releases.
Hi Roi! Can you tell us about yourself in a few sentences?
Hey ! I’ve been living in Berlin for the past two years, as a DJ, record collector, and a clubber. I’m also running the London’s Phonica Records section at The Store in Berlin. Before that I was a Tel-Aviv resident where it all started.
What is something that would surprise us about the Tel Aviv party scene?
The scene is pretty much focused on big names worldwide rather than local DJs. I think the freedom of creativity to book whoever is more suited is important, but it’s becoming more of a fetish to glorify artists from abroad. I wish it was more supportive for local DJs/producers scene. I do think it will get there in few years.
You are known for some seriously epic sets at Panorama Bar – what is it like playing a 10 hour set?! How do you go about it?
I’m lucky to have Panorama Bar to allow this possibility. I prepare for the set very properly. But once it starts I get in a very specific mood and I run with it. For a set that goes for 10 hours without any breaks I’m aways surprise how it feels like 1 hour in the end. It’s fun!
If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?
I’d have loved to go to an early David Mancozu’s Loft Party. When I was in NYC two years ago I went to one to check it out. I loved it! It felt like everyone there was on mushrooms.
What is the first record that got you into house and techno?
I really don’t remember, probably it was a Larry Heard album.
What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes and why?
Matrixxman – 808 state of mind.
It might sounds like just a decent good track but I’ve tried it many times, it’s a dance floor slow killer!
What is your favourite release of 2015 so far?
It just been out this month and it’s kinda hit material but Heaven’s Vape by STL (Smallville records)
Join Roi Perez this Saturday 1 August for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am
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