Biography

Yves Larock is a frenzied self-taught producer and an international DJ who has developed a highly distinctive and personal style in the last two years with tarcks like ‘Zookey’ in 2005, ‘Rise Up’ in 2007 and ‘By Your Side’ in 2008. ‘Zookey’, a single which sold over 150 000 copies, was signed by the Africanism and Defected labels and truly made Yves Larock’s name widely known. Next, ‘Rise Up’, signed by Universal and Ministry of Sound among others, proved a global hit with the voice of the singer Jaba and ranked #1 in the dance charts in over twenty countries. Since then Yves has continued to come up with the goods and counts the likes of Pete Tong as a fervent supporter at Radio 1.

Influenced no doubt by his hip-hop roots, ten years in the swing of things have inevitably left their mark; Yves hit upon the idea of blending house, Zouk and reggae in an original style. The search for ethnic instruments, steel drums, balafons or banjos was a creative choice, reflecting a truly personal style, for fear no doubt of becoming too repetitive and of being catalogued in a straightjacket style. Larock’s more recent hits include ‘Don’t Turn Back’, ‘Respect’ featuring Jaba, ‘Without Love’ featuring Tony Sylla and Akil Wingate and ‘Girl’ featuring Tony Sylla and Tara McDonald. Yves Larock’s discreet and reserved character is an essential option to protect himself from too much stardom, even though every weekend he criss-crosses the world to play in the leading clubs and light sup dancefloors with his every selection.

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