Dance Music 101: falamos com Travis Rogers
Travis Rogers is a nightlife visionary in the Miami scene, with over 10 years in the business curating the best events in the underground dance music industry South Florida has to offer. Launching his nightlife career back in 2007 at the notorious after-hours Club Space, Travis managed artist relations and marketing and quickly found himself immersed in a lifestyle he is truly passionate about. This lead to additional opportunities with working alongside the Surfcomber Pool Parties, which he still proudly stands beside to this day. In 2013, Travis found himself with the position as talent buyer for STEAM Nightclub, which in 2014, lead him to the esteemed position at newly launched Heart Nightclub as talent buyer and marketing coordinator. The last 3 years at Heart has been a successful ride, with DJ Magazine naming Heart Nightclub “Best Venue [South]” for their 2017 Best of North America Awards.
Additionally, Travis launched his own promotions company “Humans Alike” in 2014, with a few industry heads to curate the best parties in town, and are known as “Like-minded individuals who are passionate about music and curating parties…” The best is yet to come, and Travis will continuously push the underground scene forward, until the last dance.
– Life: when was the moment you figured out that Dance Music was meant to you?
In the late 90s I stumbled upon a trance compilation CD I found at a music store and immediately realized this was very different than the music we were used to. I dug into it more and kept buying whatever I could find at stores locally, which wasn’t much. Once the internet became readily available, I was able to discover more! I fell in love with old school progressive house, house music and I was listening to a lot of Chicago house believe it or not. I went to Club Space for the first time as a customer in 2003 and Oscar G was playing which changed everything for me musically. I really dug into tribal house and tech house at the time. Now-a-days I listen to all types of electronic music but to be honest when I’m not in a club I’m listening to a lot of 60s/70s rock, 90s hip-hop and various other genres.
– Laugh: when was the last time you had real fun?
Honestly I try to have fun as much as possible at my own events though it’s hard, since I do have to run around a lot. Since we are an after-hours club it’s much easier for me to enjoy the event since the DJ’s play longer than normal sets and I can sit back and enjoy it. I think I have the most fun when I travel to events though, since they’re not mine I can really enjoy them without people needing me. BPM and Ibiza are always my favorites.
– Love: name the one thing you love more than anything – and why is that?
I truly love putting on a good event when everything goes perfect. Nothing more satisfying than hearing all the compliments, seeing positive feedback on social media and even sometimes people coming up and saying it was the best event they’ve ever been to. Also to mention, if I wasn’t doing events and my weekends were free, my other passion has always been racing both cars and motorcycles. I really miss doing that.
– Past: name a significant moment in your career in Dance Music – and why is that?
Opening Heart Nightclub was a huge moment for me and my Humans Alike team. Starting a venue from day-zero and really curating it into what it is today and especially in the short period we have, has been quite rewarding and a honor. I’m really excited to see Heart’s future.
– Present: what do you thing that is trending today in music, clubs and festivals?
Social media – “lol”.
– Future: where is industry heading in the years to come?
That’s the mystery question. Major cities all over the world seem to be fighting gentrification, which doesn’t seem to be a fan of nightclubs or rave scene. I’m curious if it will survive in big cities and if it doesn’t where it will end up.
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