For music enthusiasts around the globe, Roger Taylor needs no introduction. Best known as Duran Duran’s longtime drummer, some may be surprised to know that his career as a DJ began over a decade ago.
While on hiatus from Duran Duran in the early 90’s, Roger and fellow musician Jake Fonique teamed up to produce music and began DJing together. Jake’s work in the worlds of House and Techno, played by the likes of Sven Vath, as well as his production of soundscapes for films like Batman Begins and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is what connected the two early on. They released a succession of underground dance records, culminating with “Love Is Like Oxygen,” which was a Top 10 hit on the U.K. dance charts.
Previously they have enjoyed a residency at London’s celebrity hot spot The Met Bar, performing for icons such as Slash (Guns N’ Roses), David Gray, Marilyn Manson, and Joaquin Phoenix.
They have also appeared at some of America’s most celebrated venues like Cielo, Body English, Webster Hall, House of Blues (Atlantic City), as well as popping up for a surprise set for a Smashing Pumpkins post-concert party in Chicago.
Playing an eclectic mix of various styles of House, up-to-the-minute dance tunes, rock and even a bit of 80’s Electro, Roger always delivers scintillating sets that keep dance floors pumping. On occasion, fans will also get to see a live drum set incorporated into a performance with Roger jamming on his Roland SPD electronic drum kit.
Roger and Jake have performed in clubs across the length and breadth of Europe, Russia and the States delivering a series of well received sets, one highlight was a 4 four hour set at Ibiza’s Blue Marlin as special guests of New York house legend ‘Little’ Louie Vega.
As a founding member of Duran Duran, 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 role on Duran Duran’s last album, Red Carpet Massacre and Roger and the band released their long awaited album – All You Need is Now produced by the prodigious Mark Ronson.
After a successful sold-out tour in North America & Europe for Duran Duran’s 2011 hit album All You Need Is Now, they toured in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and South America. They also released A Diamond in the Mind in late Spring 2012.
A grand Duran Duran album, filled with stellar collaborations, will be out in Spring 2015! Including Mr Hudson, Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, John Frusciante and Voce Chamber Choir.