Guatemala-born, Toronto-based DJ, producer and labels owner Sishi Rösch started is musical career in 2000 after renouncing a football career due to an injury... His sound covers hip hop, funk, downtempo rhythms to acid house; Sishi had releases on labels such as VIVa MUSiC, One Records, No.19 Music, Heidi Pres Jackathon, Get The Curse Music, Mr. Nice Guy Records to name a few and also on his own imprints as Digital Delight, Sultry Vibes, Close Encounters and Raw Rhythms Limited.
Many things have happened in the last 16 years, I moved to 3 different cities including Berlin, Barcelona & Miami...With a recent single ‘WORX 04 EP’ out now on Worx Records and his recent move to Canada, we caught up with the man to find out more about the new single, his imprints, Toronto and more...
Hey Sishi, thanks for taking the time out to chat to us. How are things in life for you right now?
It's my pleasure! Things are good, I just moved to Toronto last September. Previous to that, I was living in Miami for a year and 7 years in Barcelona before that, so am just getting used to the Canadian life.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Do you remember your first experiences with electronic music? What was it that first attracted you to house music?
Well I was born in Guatemala from an Italian and German family. Many things have happened in the last 16 years, I moved to 3 different cities including Berlin, Barcelona and Miami. I graduated from the University I was attending in Barcelona with a Business Degree and I currently own 4 record labels which I release most of my music on.
I made the decision to pursue a career in DJ'ing & producing. I guess you could say that electronic music filled the void that was left there from football...I do remember my first experiences with electronic music, back when I was living in Arizona in 2000, I was finishing high school there with a football scholarship and suffered a pretty bad injury that didn't permit me to keep playing football anymore.
I started to attend many electronic music parties there as music had always been a very big part of my life since I was young.
I was immediately captivated by the electronic music life after suffering my injury and bought my very first vinyl turntables back in 2000, and I made the decision to pursue a career in DJ'ing and producing. I guess you could say that electronic music filled the void that was left there from football.
What DJs and producers really inspired you back then? Who continues to?
There are so many to mention, but I think the ones that I remember the most would be Steve Lawler, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Sander Kleinenberg (back in the day), Paul Oakenfold and most of the Global Underground crew. I think most of them still continue to inspire me in their own ways; I have the utmost respect to these artists that have been a staple in the electronic music world for decades.
I find that having versatility as an artist is one of the most important aspects a DJ & producer can have..How do you think you have evolved and changed in musical terms since emerging in 2007?
I think I have evolved quite a bit since back then, my musical tastes have changed quite often and that's why if you listen to all my production catalogue, you will find a wide variety of house genres, hip hop, funk, downtempo rhythms and acid house.
I find that having versatility as an artist is one of the most important aspects a DJ/producer can have, it keep things intriguing and you can reach out to different sectors in the music scene.
Tell us a bit about your recent EP on Worx. How did that one come to pass? Is it a fair indication of where you’re at right now musically then?
Well, the label is owned by my good friend The Mekanism. Me and Damien have been messaging each other and sending tracks to one another back and forth for the last year or so, and I thought I would make him some music for his vinyl-only label. The EP is basically straight up ghetto, acid-house which I and Damien specialize in now a day. It has been in the #1 spot for deejay.de's 'Acid' House & Techno charts since the day it came out for the last three weeks or so which I am very happy for. I guess you could say that it is an indication of where I am currently at music wise.
To me there is nothing better than playing vinyl, the experience is fantastic, that's the way I learned how to DJ, straight vinyl...Do you think vinyl still has an important part to play in today’s scene?
Absolutely. Even though I think it’s a lost art, the burgeoning of vinyl in the last 2 years has made quite a powerful statement. There as so many reasons why many DJ's play out of laptops and just press sync buttons which I won’t get into details, but to me there is nothing better than playing vinyl, the experience is fantastic, that's the way I learned how to DJ, straight vinyl.
What hardware and software do you use to make your music? What 3 pieces of hardware could you not live without?
Currently I am working with the Roland TR-8, TB-3, JP-08 and the JX-03, and to be honest all 4 of these are a must in my musical productions, I have not used any plug-ins whatsoever since I got these about 2 years ago and I have to say, the sound quality is so much better in every way. There's something about working with hardware that makes things magical in my opinion.
You’ve worked with many influential, forward-thinking labels over the years…what’s your favorite release that you’ve done?
There is quite a few, but I think my VIVa MUSiC EP and my Jackathon Jams EP are probably my favorite ones, the response on these 2 EPs has been overwhelming and not mention that the owners are Steve Lawler and Heidi whom are DJ's I highly respect and admire.
Tell us more about your own labels; what are your plans for it going forward?
I have 4 record labels, Digital Delight, Sultry Vibes, Close Encounters and Raw Rhythms Limited. Close Encounters is a label I opened strictly for my own solo productions, so I don't release music from other artists on that one. Digital Delight is the mother label I opened back in 2010 and that one is focused more on releasing all different kinds of house music. Sultry Vibes is focused more on electronica, hip hop, funk, breaks and other types of electronic music. And lastly my newest label Raw Rhythms Limited is focused strictly on acid house and ghetto house. There are some very big releases on the way on all labels which I am excited to release so stay tuned.
Toronto is a big city with a vibrant atmosphere, & there are lots of parties happening all the time... What inspired the move to Toronto, Canada? What is the music scene like there and where’s the best party in town?
My wife and I decided to move to Toronto last year as we wanted a fresh start as we had been moving quite a bit in the last 7 years and also she grew up here so we decided to make it our home base.
The music scene here is quite good, Toronto is a big city with a vibrant atmosphere, and there are lots of parties happening all the time. I really don't think that there is specifically a best party; you can find amazing bookings and parties all throughout the city year-round.
Finally, what have you got in store for this year; any more releases, events or projects you’d like to share with our readers?
I have quite a few more releases coming up which I can't spill the beans just yet, but I am going to be starting my second full length Hip-Hop Album soon which I am very excited about. I also have an EP dropping on Heidi's label Jackathon Jams this Friday September 2. This might be one of the biggest EP's I have dropped in a long time. It has been getting huge feedback from really big name Djs, so I am really looking forward for it to drop.