Defected Records present a look at house heavyweight Rodriguez Jr
Introducing Rodriguez Jr., the dynamic house alias of Gallic maestro Olivier Mateu. He’ll be playing Defected's New Year’s Eve party at Ministry of Sound – an almighty introduction to the label if ever there was one – so it’s probably about time that Defected’s Ben Lovett found out more about him.
Olivier Mateu aka Rodriguez Jr. has long been associated with music. At the age of six he began piano and notation lessons and, from then on, didn’t stop playing. Even whilst studying maths at university and considering related career paths he was still producing music from his student bedroom. Subsequently, the booming dance scene of late Nineties southern France (Mateu grew up on the seaside between Nimes and Montpellier) swept him into a dedicated music career.
His earliest release, ‘G-funk 9903’, arrived on Gilles Escoffier’s techno label G-Funk alongside Escoffier himself. The pair labelled themselves The Youngsters and ultimately rocked it, their sharp electro-groove earning them a swathe of EP releases on F-Communications, not to mention eventual late Noughties outings on Ovum and 20:20 Vision. The Youngsters also released two worthy studio albums, Lemonorange (2001) and The Army Of 1-0 (2004) and became festival staples in the process.
Read the full preview over on Defected Records.
26 Nov 2014