Meet the Artist: Rocky Valente
Rocky Valente is a charismatic whirlwind. Raised on an African island, born and based in Lisbon, the DJ, producer and Maxime 12 label owner delivers high octane techno sets inspired by her diverse cultural background and passion for self-expression through music. Her powerful acid-spiked techno has galvanised festivals including Free Your Mind, Summerpark, Beachland and Dance Valley, while her tracks have released on labels such as Outcode, Techno V, her own Maxime 12 imprint… and recently caught the eye of Pig&Dan who have signed her to their ELEVATE label for two EPS, including the four-tracker ‘Rebirth’. The fresh and exciting talent has already shared stages with Boris Brejcha, Amelie Lens, Chris Liebing, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Stefano Noferini, UMEK and more.
Q1. You were immersed in salsa, African music, the 70s, 80s and MPB from a young age. Tell us about your sound today.
I love dark melodic deep techno with an acid flavour… I’m in love with the music I play and the music I create… But if I was listening to any music from my childhood you would catch me dancing and singing along…
Q2. Favourite gig of 2019 and why
My birthday party in the beautiful Palace of Correio Mor near Lisbon, partnered with Be at Tv… It was epic! I had all my friends there, and since it was on in the afternoon even my kids came… I also invited the Portuguese Underground Hero Luis XL Garcia. The location was insane. It was unique… I will never forget that, and I think people around the world loved it too since we had 389k views in 48 hours…
Q3. A perfect day in Ibiza would be…
In nature, with loads of yoga, healthy eating and amazing meditation. After that, playing a set of four hours or more in a club full of party people, making them feel that it’s the night of their lives.
Q4. You have recently released your fiery debut techno release on Pig&Dan’s ELEVATE imprint with your ‘Rebirth’ EP, tell us about the EP.
It’s a dream come true. I’ve been a fan of Igor and Dan for years, and that EP was a result of so many years of work. It was a rebirth of me as an artist and the result amazed us. I think I bring a bit of old school with my way of expressing myself in the world. My next EP ‘The Revolution’ comes out on ELEVATE on 28th February with a Mark Reeve remix which I’m really excited for.
Q5. What you are most looking forward to in 2020?
This will be the best year of my career; I can feel it. It’s starting already and I’ve waited for this for so long that I can’t believe it’s real now. Hopefully, you will be seeing more of my name soon!
Rocky Valente ‘Rebirth’ is Out Now on ELEVATE, get it here.
Her EP ‘The Revolution’ featuring a Mark Reeve remix drops on February 28th.