This week’s Local Selection comes with an added twist, as we welcome ROWDIBOI for the 177th edition, coupled with an interview from the man himself. The Dublin based DJ, producer and promoter has seen a sharp rise in popularity in a very short period of time. Having gained a heap of momentum through playing shows all across the country. We decided to sit down and talk tunes, what the future holds and more.
Thump techno party starter, ROWDIBOI, has engraved his sound into the Irish techno scene with consistent performances, releases, and mixes for the last few years. Showcasing his playful, hard techno, rave focused sound through playing headline shows in Galway, Cork and Limerick. Where he has also appeared across line-ups in Sligo, Waterford and Dublin too, it’s easy to see that his momentum is picking up at a blistering pace.
With a wealth of experience under his belt, having performed at Time For Dance, supporting Nico Moreno and a main support slot for Shlomo that is due to take place soon alongside his Thump brother DECADANCE, ROWDIBOI’s future is looking bright.
Boasting impressive track releases on MOTZ, Dusk and Hardest Soft alongside multiple VA contributions and self-releases ROWDIBOI is establishing himself not only as a solid DJ but also as a music producer.
Finding himself as the curator for his label Real Rotation Recordings and as a junior booker for Dublin club ‘The Sound House’ too. When you combine all of the above, it is clear that ROWDIBOI lives and breathes music. We sat down with him to explore his passion.
Hey George (Rowdiboi), how are you?
‘I’m fine, thanks. How about you?‘
I’m great, thanks! Would you mind telling us a bit about the mix you recorded for us for your entry to the Local Selection Mix Series?
‘This mix contains 100% original Rowdiboi tracks crafted from the depths of my mind and stitched together with love and passion during an intense mixing session. I really enjoyed making this mix because it helped me rediscover some of my tracks from last year and 2 years ago and it was nice to see that some of them are still compatible with my recent releases and even some of my unreleased. I would say this mix is probably 60% released and 40% unreleased, with these tracks found on labels around Ireland and Europe.’
To me, this mix seems like you have taken a bit more of a no nonsense approach in recording it. Am I right in saying that? Would you care to elaborate?
‘I suppose you’re right. I believe that this year is the one where I mature as an artist. I’ve had lots of fun acting the sham over the years but I feel a positive change on the horizon and I wanted to demonstrate how serious I am about this path – I feel like I managed to capture that within this mix.‘
When can we expect to hear some new music from you?
‘New music for me usually comes out of the blue. I try to keep consistent with my release schedule but I also don’t want to be spamming people. I have about 3 EP’s finished and ready to go, however, labels love taking their sweet time and I can’t blame them for that.‘
Would you mind sharing a studio tip that could be easily overlooked, in your opinion?
‘Explore your DAWs stock plugins entirely. You never know what amazing sounds you can create from that often overlooked arsenal.’
You have seen some great success in Ireland over the past few months, what else can we expect from you over the next year or so?
‘Expect more of the same and more. I really enjoy travelling around Ireland for shows, everyone I’ve met along the way has been incredibly welcoming and professional. I’ve had a few admirers from the international circuit, an international debut is on the cards but nothing set in stone as of yet.’ ‘biGtHinGsCoMinGsOOn’
Would you mind telling us a little bit about your party, Thump?
‘I started Thump nearly 3 years ago with my best mate DECADANCE and ever since we’ve been working hard to bring that heavy/pacey/thumping sound to Dublin. I think our ethos states it clearly that we’re “dedicated to delivering hard & heavy techno music”.
We started out very small and local in Bow Lane and saw some success with our booking of our mate Zack, who went on to do massive things under his moniker – Blk.
Throughout Covid we were dormant entirely for over a year but when restrictions loosened we went underground and helped out organising a few raves in forests and warehouses, desperate to share our sound with the world.
Fast forward and we brought Parfait over to Tramline with our brothers from Vision and had our sold out show with Nico Moreno in the Sound House alongside Influence. Our vision is to continue what we’re doing and push out to become the hard techno dons of Dublin.’
Thump and Vision‘s (VXT) latest party welcomes Shlømo to The Grand Social on the 9th of September where you can catch ROWDIBOI, DECADANCE and Ayolxi supporting the Taapion mastermind. A host of local talent can be heard right throughout the smoking area and room 2 of the venue on the night.
Where do you expect Thump to be in the next 5 years?
‘We intend on growing Thump a lot over the next few years. Our club shows will hopefully propel us into the position to be able to host a Thump stage at a festival and then maybe someday host a festival of our own making.
Dylan (DECADANCE) is living in Amsterdam at the moment, so we’re also looking to put on a few gigs over there and see where that takes us. Thump is constantly evolving and changing to be a multi capable entity.’
What is the best gig that you have played and why?
‘At this time of writing, probably Galway with Express. I believe this was my first time headlining a sold out event and I really came prepared. I brought so much energy to my set that I could barely stand by the end of it. I just remember feeling so incredibly in the zone that day.‘
What dream party you would like to play at?
‘Possession, Verknipt, Doom Bogota, Teletech, Ismus – far too many to name but these would be in my top 10, no particular order.‘
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
‘Musically: Constantly travelling every weekend playing gigs. Residentially: Probably continental Europe.‘
If you could choose 1 person to go b2b with, who would it be?
‘Has to be I Hate Models.’
If you could have a dream music production collaboration with someone, who would it be?
Dream label that you would like to release on?
Then, to gain a bit of a better understanding of ROWDIBOI’s personality I asked him some more personal questions relating to music and his general day to day life.
What has been your favourite festival?
‘Life festival this year was really wholesome and had the best afterglow prior, seemed to enjoy every moment.’
Best night out that you have experienced?
‘Possession in London or XXL in Manchester. Top tier.’
Favourite home cooked meal and take-away?
‘Chickpea and lentil curry & Camille Thai spice bag.’
What’s your go to drink? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
‘A Guinness will always have a place in my heart, but recently I’ve been seduced by Baileys on the rocks. Non alcoholic would have to be a Monster Mango Loco.’
Best holiday you have went on?
‘Probably Italy 2006 with the fam, Italy won the world cup while we were there so the atmosphere was electric.’