Born in Italy, raised in the UK, and currently lost in a haze of psychedelic rhythms somewhere in Tokyo, Rocco Universal (real name Patrizio Cavaliere) has been crate-digging and playing records for two decades. His passion for all kinds of good music spawned an enthusiasm for analogue synthesisers and retro production techniques which he’s been diligently honing in the studio in recent years. His sound threads influences from disco, Italo, Chicago house and Detroit techno into tracks that effortlessly layer thick baselines and rich melodies. It’s these same raw, tripped out disco, house and techno flavours that characterise his dynamic DJ sets too. A regular at London’s Turf series, he’s performed alongside Hunee, Floating Points, Romare, Ross from Friends, Mr Saturday Night and many others. 2016 saw his debut releases under the Rocco Universal moniker on highly acclaimed labels Leng and Kolour Recordings, Detroit.
Next up is his ‘Fleeting Eternity’ EP, due to land in September 2017 and already attracting support from Ame, Jimpster, Jasper James, Felix Dickinson and Force of Nature.
Previously he’s released records under his real name on German label Movida, garnering support from artists including Osunlade, Nick Curly, Ivan Smagghe, Doc Martin, and Ashley Beedle. He’s also held down residencies and guest appearances for influential promoters like secretsundaze and Good Times, and has rocked clubs worldwide, from Ibiza to Mexico, Germany to Taiwan. Back in 2002 he set up Also Ran Records, releasing music from artists including Martin Dawson, OCH, Liquid People and Danism, as well as his own collaborations with Tom Neville recorded as Francisco the Man.