“One More Song” is a breezy and upbeat affair of lush sounding tropical disco that urges us to beat the melancholy and remind us to “hold on”.
“We’ve been big fans of Roosevelt for years now and I think we align on the importance of feel-good dance music as a form of expression. The song started the way a lot of our collaborations do, which is entirely different than the final production. We sent an original demo that Roosevelt wrote to and then we built a brand new framework around his vocal. The drums are pretty compressed and there is a live bass pass inspired by Louis Johnson. Most of the keys were done on our Juno 106”
Greco-Roman’s Roosevelt has been laying low for a while so it’s nice to see the Cologne-based singer/producer back in action with “Night Moves.” The new single is self-described by Marius Lauber as an “ode to the night,” and is a superb introduction to his forthcoming debut album.
The latest signing to Greco-Roman is Cologne-based Roosevelt who last month released his debut track, “The Sea.” The track is a slice of pure sunshine with its playful guitar, rolling bass, and washed out echoing vocals. Roosevelt regularly DJs with the Kompakt label crew and has just gotten off a 12-date tour supporting T.E.E.D.
We caught up with Roosevelt a few days before the T.E.E.D. tour and asked him a few questions.
Nancy: Can you take me through a brief history of your musical beginnings and background?
Roosevelt: I took piano lessons as a child, but at some point I was too impatient and started playing football. Fortunately at 15 I started playing guitar and drums. After that I played in several bands, until I got into producing 3 years ago. Moving to Cologne also played a big part, as it is quite an electronic surrounding here.
Nancy: How did you get involved with Greco-Roman?
Roosevelt: The track “Sea” was lying on my harddrive for a while, so I felt like uploading it on Youtube. I wasn’t even looking for a label, but after a few weeks I got a mail from Greco, so we got in contact. It all worked out, and it feels amazing to have a label supporting you right at the build-up of the project.
Nancy: Can you tell us about your live set up, specifically for the tour you’re going on with T.E.E.D.?
Roosevelt: I play a Juno 60 in most of the tracks, control filters on the laptop, and play guitar and percussions.
Nancy: How would you describe your music to someone who’s listening to it for the first time?
Roosevelt: It’s all a hazy filtered italo sun rave.
Nancy: Can you tell us more about your debut EP and what we can expect?
Roosevelt: The single “Sea” will be out end of October. Along with the original there will be a Dub of “Sea”, plus another track called “Soleil”. I’m already working on a first EP, which will probably be out in spring!