For music enthusiasts around the globe, Roger Taylor requires no introduction. Best known as Duran Duran’s drummer, some may be surprised to know that his career as a DJ began over a decade ago.
While on break from the band in the early 90’s, Roger and fellow musician Jake Roberts teamed up to produce music and DJ together. Jake’s production work in the world of house and techno, played by the likes of Sven Vath, as well as his soundscapes for films like Batman Begins and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is what connected the two early on. They released a string of underground dance records, culminating with "Love Is Like Oxygen,” which was a Top 10 hit on the U.K. dance charts.
For the past few years, Roger has had a residency at London’s celebrity hot spot The Met Bar, performing for the likes of Slash (Guns N’ Roses), David Gray, Marilyn Manson, and Joaquin Phoenix, just to name a few. Most recently, Roger and Jake were the ’07 party season opening night DJ duo for London’s newest fashionista hangout, the Cuckoo Club, as well as the New Year’s Eve maestros at Soho’s uber hip club ‘Maya’.
Playing an eclectic mix of Rock, Hip Hop, various forms of House, up-to-the-minute dance tunes and even a bit of 80’s Electro, Roger and Jake always deliver scintillating sets that keep dance floors pumping.
Roger sights influences stemming from long nights in New York’s infamous 80's dance clubs, such as Danceteria, The Limelight, and Area - as well as the now legendary Rum Runner Club, where Roger formed Duran Duran with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes.
Frequent trips to club mecca Ibiza over the years have also cemented Roger’s love for dance music. Hearing DJ superstars such as Frankie Knuckles, Carl Cox, and Danny Tenaglia, left resounding effects on the music that shapes his sets today.
Having been with Duran Duran since the beginning, Roger is an integral part of the 70 million records sold, 18 American hit singles & 30 UK Top 30 Tunes. His passion for electronica played a key part on their new album, Red Carpet Massacre, while in the studio with Timbaland, Nate ‘Danja’ Hills and Justin Timberlake.
If Roger’s success as a drummer with Duran Duran is any indication of what is in store for us when he hits the decks, revelers on dance floors all over the world are in for a real treat.