Get down and dance to Roska’s unique EDM beats from UK
London-based Wayne Goodlitt, aka Roska, is the latest name to feature on Various Artists’ tour, which introduces Indian audiences to big artists in modern music. And Roska sure fits the bill. He is the pioneer of UK Funky — a genre of electronic dance music that has heavy influences of deep house, Afrobeat, soca, electro house, broken beat and UK garage, unlike the disco and funk-oriented house famous in the US. This sound emerged somewhere around 2008, tells us the exponent of UK underground music.
Roska will be in Delhi and Bengaluru next week for his first Indian gig. It’s also his maiden trip to this part of the world, and he hopes to find time to visit some of the historical sites. While he doesn’t have a set list for his gig, he doesn’t like to keep one, you will get to tap your feet on the heavy percussive music he is known for, from tribal house to bass-driven dancehall.
Music runs in the family, and that’s how the Londoner got drawn to it. His father was a soundman, one of his uncles was a sound engineer, and his younger brother is a DJ.
Roska took up music professionally in 2006, and released his first single Feeline the next year. A series of releases with labels such as Numbers, Tectonic and Hotflush followed, and he’s cut two albums for Rinse Recordings.
Roska has constantly tried to adopt new techniques, and push the boundaries. Listening to others’ works has helped too. “Wookie, Zinc and Zed Bias were my earliest inspiration. Then I started listening to artistes such as Swindle, Benga and productions from Preditah and Chris Lorenzo,” he tells us.
Tours and gigs, his record label Roska’s Kicks & Snares, and parenthood keep his calendar full all the time, but he says it’s important for a musician to be able to multitask. “Music is work as well as an enjoyable part of my life. But it’s important to be able to juggle. And when you work as a team with your family and friends, everything falls into place,” says Roska, who likes to tune in to trap and hip hop in his downtime, fool around on the PlayStation, or eat out with the family.
April 2. Entry (`300). At The Humming Tree, Indiranagar. 10 pm. Details: 9886618386
— Barkha Kumari