Roger Goode is not your average DJ. In fact, there is very little that is average about him.
He is a South African DJ who rose to local fame for his first single In The Beginning, which featured on 5FM's Top 40. This later led to him being signed up with a local dance record label, SheerDance, under which he released his first album, Coming Up for Air in 2001.
In The Beginning prompted Purple Eye Records to approach Roger, who allowed Ferry Corsten to remix the track, which went on to the UK Singles Chart and MTV's Music Video Chart.
At 21, Roger was signed to Pete Tong's London Records, who promoted In The Beginning in the Buzz Chart, and showcased the track on Danny Rampling's Weekly Top 10. He performs most Saturdays on 5FM's evening dance segment, The Saturday Surgery.
Do you have stage name?
Some people call me Roger , I'm not sure why because my real name is Rajmahalam, I am also known as DJ Mlungu in the hood.
What gave you that initial push? Did the Djing, production or promoting come first?
My mom always used to push me around and make me mix cement at building sites, I got fatigued and moved onto mixing music.
Who's throwing the best parties at the moment?
Definitely Riaan Cruywagen, since his retirement from the SABC he is out of control partying every weekend. I also enjoy the occasional Sunday at Nicki beach chaaanah!
Which other countries have you played in?
I have played in Ibiza, New York , and Benoni.
What was the first event you ever played at?
It was at my christening. Me and a few of the other kids played in the kiddies section at the church ground. I also recall years later I was invited to play at the original Fez in Cape Town which turned into a weekly residency where i was educated about real house music :)
What's the best event you've played at?
Definitely my Christening. Back in the day we also used to do live broadcasts from the J&B met main stage for the after party every year, that was also excellent.
What was your first record you bought?
It was an Opel Record they are really well built , I initially wanted a GTI Kadett , but they were too expensive. There was also a cassette I loved from the Shamen, the Boss Drum Album! Magic!
Out of all the tunes you have, which one 'never fails’ to get people dancing?
That's a trade secret, but when all else fails it's the YMCA baby.
What's your favourite tune of all time?
Chopin's Twelth, I love the chello work.
When you play is it a pre-planned set or do you wing it?
I can't fly, but I did win a swimming competition once in water wings. I can't imagine prepping a DJ set to that degree as every party and every dance floor is unique.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
The party is never over.
How big is your vinyl collection?
I bet you ask all the boys this question, mine is really big.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
It ended with me receiving a restraining order. I am afraid I can't discuss such things with the press.
Other DJs you rate?
Charlie Sloth on 1 Extra, Milkshake (5FM shakedown), Pascal and Pearce.
What do you do outside of the dance music scene?
I can't dance, I am a very avid bird watcher and have recently joined an underground late night bird watching club, called Stalkers. We also produce radio commercials, music and consult on advertising for radio etc.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
Run for your lives, nobody gets out of this business the same way you go in.
How can fans connect with you on social media?
@DJRogergoode, or they can get in touch with Bazil my dog @BaziltheBulldog, he handles most of the social media these days on his iPaw.
Where will you be playing next?
It all depends who is allowed to come out and play. Track me online www.rogergoode.com
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