Rogue D: two masterpieces came to mind while recording synths and sampling

Today we had pleasure to talk to the Italian talent - Rogue D!

Italian-native Rogue D is a well-loved figure in the contemporary house sphere. Renowned as one of half of Flashmob, his back-catalogue boasts EPs on an array of the scene's leading labels, including Hot Creations, Crosstown Rebels and Defected to name a few.

We asked Rogue D about his early influences, upcoming Electric Safari EP with Memoryman AKA Uovo on Crosstown Rebels and other projects. Enjoy!
— Hello Rogue D! Thank you for speaking with us today! How are things with you?
— Hello guys, I'm well and thanks for having me!
— We're pleased to be talking with you around your upcoming Electric Safari EP with Memoryman AKA Uovo on Crosstown Rebels. It makes for a super listen! What can you tell us about the EP and how it came together?
— Electric Safari was born from an idea started listening to 'Berghain' and 'Padlock' by DJ Harvey.
These two masterpieces came to mind while recording synths and sampling.
We wanted a mix of afro electric funk and dub.
— Yours and Memoryman AKA Uovo's styles come together very nicely on the release. What's it like to work together?
— Christian and I have been working together in the studio for a long time now. We often have different ideas but then we manage to merge into something interesting.

Cristiano is a collector and a lover of vinyl so we have a lot of records available to listen to, sample and to get ideas from..
— Roman Flügel of Germany provides two great remixes on the EP too. How did he come to feature as remixer on the release and what did you think when you first heard his mixes?
— When Damian was interested in our release he proposed us some artists to entrust a remix to. The names were many but we always love Roman's works and that's why we chose him!
— Who have been your biggest musical influences in life, in electronic music and beyond?
— There's many.. but artists that has influenced me much more on my productions are Moodymann, Theo Parrish, MAW.. to name a few. But i also listen to Classical music, funk, blues & Jazz.
— Do you remember the first record that you owned?
— Yes! It was an house classic by Claudio Coccoluto and Savino Martinez 'The Heartists' Belo Horizonti.
— Given the hardship of the pandemic over the last 18 months, were there any pieces of music that helped you through at times?
— When we were locked in I discovered a lot of new and old music from any genre from Jazz to Rock from Techno to House.. I listened especially funk and jazz. I had also some ideas for the next productions listening to herbie hancock and Gil Scott Heron.
— Thank you for chatting with us today! To finish off, is there anything else upcoming from yourself that you'd like to share with us?
— Yes of course, I have an original on Roger Sanchez Stealth Records I did in collaboration with a NY singer Chantae Vetrice that will be out in October.