Percussion Lab's Praveen Sharma caught up with Roska on the important questions of the day: money vs. women, the state of UK Funky, and plans to tour the US. Check Roska's Feature MIx here.
Percussion Lab: For the Stateside Listeners - what's your current Rinse FM schedule?
Roska: My set time on Rinse is 7-9pm GMT every Tuesday
PL: If you had to choose - Money or Women?
R: Money as the latter comes naturally. haha.
PL: Who are a few producers riding under the radar right now you'd like to shout out?
PL: You ever miss MCing as Mentor?
PL: Whats going on with Kicks & Snares? Any upcoming releases we should keep an eye out for?
R: We got 9 releases this year. We started with Dj Naughty's - Bass in your face EP. I have a small team to help with the smooth running of the label as it was me for the last 2 and a half years. Still pushing the sound of funky and 130 bpm styled beats.
PL: There was an article recently in the Guardian about musicians needing to get out of their bedroom and off the internet. Do you think its important to get out a bit during the day so clear your mind? If so what do you do?
R: LOL. The guardian obviously doesnt know that some of us have studios. When Im in the studio i love to tweet see what else is going down in the rest of the world too. So its more like a small break. Plus it brings everyone closer.
PL: Do you see yourself being as successful today without things like twitter and facebook, or do you think maybe you'd be more productive thus making more of an impact?
R: I think I would. Social networks are a bonus. I started with using Myspace to promote my music which was okay but you still needed to call DJ's and go to the record shops. Now I have the Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter which has made it a little more easier. For me its a bonus and helps me to run my label and continue to help my own career still work without being drowned in being strictly a label boss.
PL: In your opinion, whats the current state of the Funky / House scene over in the UK?
R: Funky is still here its not going to dissapear its just the 'hype' is not fucking it up. There is still a good amount of followers and producer/djs making it and pushing it. It's funny how some people walked away from it when certain aspects changed.
PL: What should we expect from your upcoming album?
R: I'm excited about this project. It will be my best work to date. More vocal based music and loads of bass driven styles. This is like a vast improvement on the first one which was nearly 2 years ago.
PL: Any plans to hit the states any time soon?
R: YES! I'm still working on some dates with Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org) I should be over at least twice this year.