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From underground phenomenon to emerging star of the world’s biggest dance floors: the hottest fresh face of international dance music hails from Italy: Congorock.
In only two years, with the single Babylon, the remix of Somebody to Love (Boy George/Mark Ronson), and One (Swedish House Mafia), Rocco Rampino has earned the respect of the most famous names in the game, like David Guetta at the legendary Cocoricò of Riccione where he recently shared the console. The Leccese’s powerful electro-house sound and his tropical deejay sets have gained the support from Afrojack to Diplo, from Tiësto to Benny Benassi, from Martin Solveig to Duck Sauce and the Crookers.
In 2007 when moving to Los Angeles in the United States he began working with Bob “Bloody Beetroots” Rifo (also from Italy). The two began working together and eventually released their debut single at the same time, as a collaboration between the two. The song was called “Rombo” and featured on The Bloody Beetroots debut EP/album of the same name. The Rombo EP featured 5 songs. Congorock once stated in an interview on “The Bloody Beetroots Gazette” that he was Crookers #1 Fan, he was also influenced by the Basement Jaxx album Rooty.
In 2010 Rampino joined with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, Steve Aoki and Scott Cogo to form the Dance-punk band Rifoki. They released one EP named “Sperm Donor” in winter 2010. The song “Zombie Attack” featuring vocals from Punk band Refused along with Bob Rifo’s own vocals. Zombie Attack was successful enough to be included on the 2010 edition of I Love Techno mixed by Steve Aoki. Also it was included on the Dim Mak compitaltion “Dim Mak Hardcore (Punk) Vault“. Rifoki is heavily influenced by rock and metal but it has a dance beat. Rampino plays guitars in the band, Bob Rifo provides vocals and mixdowns along with mixdowns and DJ’ing by Steve Aoki and Scott Cogo.
On the Travis Barker song “Misfits” with Steve Aoki on his album Give the Drummer Some the collaboration between Barker and Aoki counts them both as featured artists. But on the writing credits it states it is written by Rocco Rampino, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo,Steve Aoki, Scott Cogo and Travis Barker. This makes the song produced by Rifoki as Sir Bob provides vocals and Congorock plays guitars while Steve Aoki and Scott Cogo DJ the track with Travis Barker’s drumming.
Congorock eventually released his own EP, Runark, in 17 March 2009. It featured five songs: “Runark“, “Runark (Joker of the Scene Remix)“, “Exodus“, “Hybro and Runark (His Majesty Andre Remix)“. After Runark, Congorock collaborated with fellow ItalianDance-Punk duo Blatta & Inesha, they produced Stepoff!/People.
Also in 2008; Congorock collaborated with fellow Italian Dance-punk duo Crookers to produce the song Sbombers. He remixed the song “Bite Your Lip” by Blatta & Inesha and another song by electronic artist Rex the Dog.
On 20 April 2010 Congorock released one of his most successful singles to date, “Babylon“, featuring an original mix, a dub version and a Lexxapella version. Babylon became successful enough to get onto the Ministry of Sound Annual 2011 compilation, which was released in 2010. It was also put onto another Ministry of Sound compilation, this time it was the winter edition of the “Addicted To Bass” series. After the success of “Babylon”, Congorock went on to remix the Swedish House Mafia song One.
Congorock’s next project was a remix of the Mark Ronson song “Somebody to Love Me“. Congorock also went on to remix the Benny Benassi song “Electroman” and “Cinema“, the Congorock remix was on the same single as the remix by Skrillex which was nominated as best remix at the 2011 Grammy Awards. On 11 November 2011 Congorock teamed up with Benny Benassi’s cousin and co-worker Allessandro Benassi to produce the song “Sirius“. Congorock released another single shortly after, this was “Ivory” which was released on 28 November 2011. Ivory became successful and would have remixes later on 8 May 2012.
After “Ivory”, Congorock remixed The Bloody Beetroots song “Church Of Noise” which featured Dennis Lyxzén and Bob Rifo on vocals. On March 20 Congorock released Monolith/Agarta. Monolith was included on the Benny Benassi mixed compilation “Cavo Paradiso 2012“. Congorock also released “Luiu Kang’s Theme” which was a single from Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors.
After this Congorock released an “Ivory Remixes EP“, the remixing artists included Laidback Luke, The Bloody Beetroots, Mumbai Science and NT89.
He then collaborated with dance project Stereo Massive and Jamaican rapper Sean Paul to create the song Bless Di Nation, there was also an instrumental.
He then remixed the song We Run The Night by Havana Brown and Pitbull. He started working with Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna on her 777 Tour, he also remixed the song Diamonds.
His most recent project is the remix of the Clockwork song “Titan“, he decided the song was good enough already and he wanted to keep the bass drop so he made a Safari Edit instead of an actual remix. It included some drum samples and didn’t edit the tempo.
He collaborated with the Swedish House duo AN21 & Max Vangeli, the song was called Lost and it is credited as AN21 & Max Vangeli Vs Congorock instead of featuring. It was included on the AN21 & Max Vangeli album People Of The Night on SIZE Records.
After this he has remixed the songs Cowboy by Zeds Dead and Pogo by Laidback Luke featuring Majestic.
Upon the fall on 2013 Congorock made the song “Minerals” on Ultra Records along with Electro house producer Nom De Strip. The song was released on 8th December 2013. The musical style is majorly different to other previous Congorock releases, the song has far less percussion instruments. The song “Seth” was released on the 23rd December 2013. It was released on TJR’s record label Rising Music, the song included many Indian and Egyptian instruments and percussions. The musical style was similar to that of Nom De Strip of whom Congorock previously collaborated. “Seth” is an Egyptian God, so the song’s sound and vibe were based on Egyptian elements.
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