Like fellow New Yorkers Danny Tenaglia and Danny Morales, DJ Roger Sanchez has become one of the most ubiquitous names in the world of electronic dance music. He's an icon of the jet-setting transatlantic scene stretching from the East Coast to Ibiza, where he has held residencies every summer for the last decade. Bred in the New York City club scene, where he soaked up the city's melting pot of house, disco, hip-hop, and Latin sounds, Sanchez began producing in the mid-'90s. He staked his place in the house music charts with the release of his debut artist album, Secret Weapons Volume 1, on his own One Records label. But his major breakthrough came in 2001, with the release of his sophomore effort, First Contact, from which the single "Another Chance" went on to become a major hit, entering the U.K. singles chart at number one.
His accolades only grew in the '00s. Sanchez has consistently placed in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJ Poll every year, and in 2003 even won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, for his remix of No Doubt's "Hella Good." In recent years the DJ has maintained a hectic international touring schedule and has garnered further renown through his Release Yourself online radio show, which boasts more than 1 million listeners worldwide. Since 2006 it's also existed as a spinoff podcast, which went on to win the first ever Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). Roger Sanchez will be stopping by club SET in South Beach on Sunday, January 24, to play in support of his latest compilation mix, Release Yourself Vol. 8.
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