Aside from playing regularly, heâ€™s been busy mixing â€˜rnb superclub Volume 11â€™. â€œFor the last month Iâ€™ve just been staying in Sydney concentrating on the â€˜superclubâ€™ CD, being in the studio. Iâ€™ve been doing them for about five years, I love doing it because I get to play in different clubs and meet different people and stuff,â€ says Amenapave Roko, more commonly know as DJ Def Rok.
While his roots lie in R&B, Def Rok has been broadening his sound of late.
â€œMy style at the moment is all the mainstream stuff, everything in the charts right now. It used to be full-on R&B but now itâ€™s a bit more of a mash-up. Like in the main set youâ€™ll hear all up-tempo stuff, everything in the charts. Even electro stuff. Keeping it alive really.â€
Def Rok finds DJing enough to deal with at the moment, but is keen to dabble in production in the future.
â€œIâ€™ve just mucked around. The DJing stuff is just too hectic at the moment, but Iâ€™m getting my studio together now. DJ D-Wizard, who I did the CD with, has got a studio and Iâ€™ve been watching him, and learning from the production side of things. So probably next year Iâ€™ll be stepping my game up.
â€œIâ€™ve spent the last ten years being lucky enough to actually make money off what Iâ€™ve been doing. I donâ€™t take that for granted. In the next few years I want to get into the production side of things and see what happens with that.â€
After spending time in the US, heâ€™s planning on heading back overseas whenever he can.
â€œLast year I spent a few months in the States and that was an awesome experience, going to LA, Vegas, New York, Chicago. Playing over there was amazing. But because of the â€˜superclubâ€™ CDs, Iâ€™ve got a ten-CD deal altogether, and Iâ€™m up to the seventh one. After that Iâ€™ll look into touring internationally, and into production stuff.â€
DJ DEF ROK PLAYS SIN CITY ON THE GOLD COAST THIS THURSDAY, MAY 5. â€˜RNB SUPERCLUB VOL. 11â€™ IS RELEASED MAY 6.