- 12 Sep 01
EAMON SWEENEY meets ROGER SANCHEZ, the hardest-working man in dance
We’d all like to think that this jetsetting disc jockey lark is a breeze. You fly first-class into whatever town you’re playing in, get put up in the best hotel, get fed, watered and generally pampered and then head off to play your club gig and pick up a huge pay packet for your troubles. Right? Well, not always...
Roger Sanchez, the bona fide house legend and universally respected DJ, is in a town for a sold out soiree in HQ. Eschewing the traditional tactic of descending on Dublin and getting suitably wasted, Sanchez is holed up in Totally Wired Studios in the Factory for an all-night production session. So, why the hell isn’t the big man out partying?
“It’s my sick work ethic,” laughs Roger in his slick New York drawl. “I’ve got a project I really need to finish. I’m doing this track for a movie called Southwest Nine, which is being made by the people who did Human Traffic. So I’m doing my rendition of ‘The Guns Of Brixton’ by The Clash. It’s probably going to be me versus The Clash or something. I’ve kinda housed it up and made it funky, vibey and modern, so rather than hanging out or getting some sleep which I desperately need, I’m here. What can I tell you? This is part of the life.”