Be ready for Roska — the multifaceted artist whose journey through the vibrant realm of club beats and rhythm has spanned over a remarkable 13 years. His distinctive trademark of skippy drum patterns and infectious club tunes has not only taken him on an incredible sonic odyssey but also across borders, making him a globetrotting figure in the electronic music scene…and he lands in Asia this weekend!
Hailing from the UK, Roska has firmly established himself as a true luminary within the underground music community. His role extends beyond being a talented producer and DJ, acting also as mentor and label owner, nurturing emerging talents and continually breathing new life into the scene.
When it comes to his sonic evolution, it comes nothing short of captivating; from stripped-back percussion-driven rollers to more vocal-driven club anthems, he constantly delivers a punchy and recognisable rhythmic groove.
Get familiar with his sounds via the set below.
Known also for his collaborative prowess, Roska has churned out groundbreaking tracks, including the international hit 'Pree Me' with Nakamura Minami, and successful tours that have taken the essence of UK music to a global fanbase.
Not one to be easily satisfied with his achievements, Roska remains tirelessly committed to his craft, with his Roska Kicks & Snares (RKS) label retaining its status as a global powerhouse for UK funky music and related genres.
He's also seamlessly evolved his style under the Bakongo alias, delving into techno and tribal house influences, and even venturing into the world of dancehall production with innovative and original ideas.
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Having last graced the region's stages in 2018, Roska is ready to captivate new audiences with a series of electrifying performances across 11 vibrant cities in his 'Peace for Asia' tour, spanning intimate club nights in Singapore and Seoul to sun-soaked outdoor day parties in Tokyo and Jakarta; details below.
- September 29: Singapore @ Mandala Preview Show
- September 30: Singapore @ MDLR (Mandala presents Nia Archives & Roska)
- October 2: Shanghai @ System
- October 3: Chengdu @ AXIS
- October 4: Dali @ Pools Dali (featuring a Pullman Rooftop Video Set)
- October 6: Bangkok @ Beam
- October 7: Jakarta @ Brightspot MKT
- October 9: Taipei @ Studio 9
- October 12: Osaka @ Circus
- October 13: Nagoya @ GoodWeather
- October 14: Tokyo @ Incubus Camp
- October 14: Seoul @ Benton Brut
Expressing his excitement, Roska states: "I’m looking forward to being back in Asia and connecting with everyone that has seen me before and those new to my music. Knowing my music travels far and wide keeps me continuing to enjoy what I do. I like to merge sounds and keep my sets exciting creating a journey for everyone to enjoy and keep an open mind!"
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'Peace for Asia' serves as a celebration of Roska's latest LP release ‘PEACE’ which features collaborations with esteemed vocalists like Flowdan, MC GQ, Serocee, Sweetie Irie, Dread MC, Aleisha Lee, and Jammz. The album has garnered critical acclaim for its fusion of diverse musical influences and Roska's unmistakable signature style.
The tour is brought together by Bassis Asia, a collaborative content agency committed to fostering vibrant electronic music communities across the region. With a track record of collaborating with a diverse array of artists and cultural influencers, Bassis Asia has firmly established itself as a pivotal player in Asia’s thriving music scene.
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Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.