Rokk was born out of the electroclash scene in London 2003 when he took up residency at The Cock club night at The Ghetto. Gleaning influence from the likes of Blackstrobe, Legowelt and the Ghostly International label he formulated the club’s synthetic vocal pop sound alongside celebrated scenesters, Princess Julia and Tasty Tim whilst dedicating his daytime to hours to being an A & R man at Parlophone Records. After the sad demise of The Ghetto in 2006, he took up residency at Richard Mortimer’s now legendary club night Boombox, which took and his records across the globe playing to crowds in Lyon, Paris, Athens, New York and beyond. The burgeoning reputation of Boombox amongst a new generation of East London clubbers called for the release of a Boombox compilation album (Kitsune Records) which featured a track by French electro duo Revolte who Rokk also managed, and a book chronicling the club’s unique aesthetic through images and writings from regular and well-known Boombox regulars.
Rokk has his name stamped on some of London’s coolest homo nightspots (Queer Nation, Horsemeat Disco, Trailer Trash) and has provided DJ support for Swedish pop prodigy Robyn, Pet Shop Boys, Artist Issac Julien, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gorillaz and Monarchy, amongst others and regularly guests both internationally and locally. A collaboration with Monarchy’s Andrew Friendly resulted in a fine re-work of Snap’s ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ released on Gulp Recordings in 2008.
In his previous incarnation as A & R man for Parlophone Records, Rokk (aka Paul Bryan) commissioned remixes for Gorillaz, Supergrass, Jamelia, Lily Allen, Pet Shop Boys, Queen and Kylie as well as playing a large part in track selection and album content for major international artists.
With his mixing fingers firmly inserted into both fashion and music pies, Rokk also worked with fashion designer Marios Schwab producing music for his London and Paris Fashion Week shows.
A talented photographer and video producer in his own right, Rokk has worked with the likes of Bella Freud, Alexander McQueen and Tilda Swinton, has produced a music promo for Digitalism and is currently finishing off a short film about the singer Robyn. In 2011 Rokk teamed up with London based poet Dean Atta and produced the single ‘Young, Black & Gay’ for Freshit Records and Directed the music video.
Body Talk is Rokk’s club night and is the longest running night at Dalston Superstore which began in 2009 celebrating Original House sounds from the late 80s early 90s, and has seen guest spots from Trevor Jackson, Jacques Renault, Jon Pleased Wimmin, Mark Moore, Honey Dijon amongst others and is still going strong. Robyn even named her album after his club night, which then saw them tour together in the U.S. with Coldplay djing together at sell out events across the country. As well as Body Talk he’s currently working on new music set for release at the end of 2014, more photography and Directing a music video for Love Hotels’ Pleasure Cruiser.
Contact Rokkmail@gmail.com for Bookings.
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