It must be deliciously bewildering to get recognition from those who inspired you in the very beginning. French House Music DJ – producer Franck Roger is no stranger to this feeling. When not travelling the world accepting club invitations, this devoted crate digger (don’t ask him about Serato) spends time in his Parisian studio messing with beats and loops. Never not working, Franck Roger is about to take things to another level as beat maker, a talent scout (through his Real Tone Records label), and the DJ you want to dance to. More beats, more gigs, more love.
In the beginning was… the Beat.
Was little Franck Roger hit by a disco ball when his parents weren’t watching? No one knows, but there were definitely a lot of signs in his early years that indicated future life developments. As a kid, Franck remembers playing around with his audiotape recorder, editing radio hosts voices out and making sure the beat matched when taping the next song… A D.Y.I. introduction to DJing that soon translated into a mission. It was already about natural instinct: a need for beats, loops and some sounds interfering. The starting point of house music in the first place. “I don’t think I was made to do anything else but making music.” From hypnotic, stripped-down and minimal productions – the ubiquitous “M word”, to steamier, deeper or more sophisticated moods, Franck Roger has managed, in less than ten years, to create a distinctive musical signature that earned him ongoing praises and respect from the likes of Kerri Chandler, Laurent Garnier, Louie Vega, Osunlade and more… Although he may have earned early attention for his classic vocal productions (No More Believe, If I), his work soon gave way to a multicolor sound that now finds home in venues from Berlin afterhours club Panorama Bar to Parisian cosy and intimate Djoon Club.
Looking for the perfect beat.
In the last few years Franck developed and redefined his musical landscape, through travelling, experimenting and more importantly beat making. It comes as no surprise that today, party promoters from Japan to South Africa (where House music reigns supreme) invite him regularly. With a studio as his best friend, Franck Roger fears nothing: “Most of the time I use my studio as a sanctuary, a shelter from city mayhem or life complications… I search for a beat and build the tracks from here”. This is what you would call the Beat approach to production. “You never know where it’s going to take you”, he warns. “Sometimes it doesn’t go far at all, simply because it just doesn’t have to.” Luckily for us, this ability to create severe club bangers comes with an insatiable need to rock the crowd.
Making you sweat in the club, and getting a kick out of it.
Music and dancing have always been inseparable for Franck Roger, like that night he first entered a club in the mid 90’s: “I started going out in the mid-90 when I wasn’t even legal – I was one of those club kids. That’s when it all became clear to me what I was gonna do with my life”, he recalls. At the time, the loudest place to hear House music was the legendary Rex Club in Paris. Folks such as DJ Deep and Laurent Garnier would play there all the time. Fast forward to 2008: the Rex Club is now home to Franck’s successful Real Tone Records party “The 5 Beats” showing club kids du jour how it should be done, alongside prestigious guest dj’s he can also call friends.
As Franck Roger plays more and more club gigs throughout the world, sharing his love for music, the more firm his position remains in the great legacy of DJ’s that matter.