Feb 26, 2014
Born Canadian of Italian descent, Paolo Rocco first made his mark as a DJ in the Montreal House/Electronic music scene. Being a general music lover, Paolo became known for his story telling sets and being a "DJ's DJ".
Despite this original entry to dance music being as a DJ, Paolo says, “Most people know me for my productions but don't know that I've been spinning records for a lot longer, so it's always nice to showcase myself as a DJ. The Gangstercast mix is a combination of what I'm into now and a couple of gems from the past. It felt good to dust off the old records and give them some spins.”
Expanding on these roots as a disk jockey, Paolo Rocco entered the international electronic scene as a producer with his first ever digital single "Move Body, Move Forward" (Klasse Recordings) cracking Beatport's top 25 main chart while holding number 6 in the top 100 Deep House category. Since his debut as a producer follow-up records like "That I Am" (Real Tone Records) and "People Say" (Saved Records) have made a staple showcasing his unique and solitary sound, and earning him fans including Damian Lazarus, Nic Fanciulli, DJ Sneak, John Digweed, Maya Jane Coles, M.A.N.D.Y and Dennis Ferrer.
When asked about the House Gangster sound Paolo adds that his view on it is, “Straight up no bull shit House Music. I feel like the Gangstercast gives the guest DJs the opportunity to showcase the evolution from their roots to present day. It's a podcast by DJs for DJs. Having had the pleasure of meeting Sneak and keeping in touch, for me the “House Gangster" brand is an extension of his passion towards the House Music movement. It's amazing to see someone have so much fire left after doing their thing for so many years, it's inspiring, and I think reminds the younger generation that there is no such thing as being comfortable so keep hustling.”