Roger Sanchez

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Roger Sanchez
Roger Sanchez in Ibiza
Background information
Birth name Roger Rene Sanchez
Also known as Roger S., S-Man, Natural Born Lovers
Born (1967-06-01) June 1, 1967 (age 48)[1]
Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Genres House, electronic dance, tribal house
Occupation(s) DJ, music producer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Stealth Records, Ministry of Sound

Roger Sanchez (born June 1, 1967) is an American (of Dominican descent) house music DJ, Remixer and Grammy Award Winner for his remix of Hella Good by No Doubt in 2003. He is a four time DJ Awards winner for "Best House DJ" in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007 and has received twelve nominations in all. He won the first International Dance Music Award for Best Podcast in 2007 and has received 8 IDMA nominations for Best American DJ (2003-2010).

Early life[edit]

He is the elder of two sons (his younger brother is named Gabriel) born to Angela Almonte and Hugo Rene Sanchez, immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Sanchez graduated from the High School of Art and Design in New York City. He attended Pratt Institute, working towards a degree in architecture, but took his father's advice to take a break from his studies to devote his full energy to DJing and see if he could make a career of it.


Eventually he found success and began to play nightclubs in New York City, and later around the world. Along with fellow New York house DJs Erick Morillo, David Morales and Danny Tenaglia, Sanchez has become well known in the European club circuit, especially on the Spanish island of Ibiza. He has maintained residency on there every summer since 2000.

Sanchez has scored numerous hits in the European and World Charts with both his own music and the remixes he has created for an array of superstars including Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, No Doubt and Maroon 5. In 2003, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording for his remix of No Doubt's "Hella Good". He hosts a weekly terrestrial and online radio show called Release Yourself, with 15 million listeners worldwide. Along with the radio show, Sanchez hosts a bi-weekly podcast, distributed internationally. In 2007 the podcast was awarded the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA).

On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records Sanchez placed at number 60.[2]

Roger is also the founder of his own label in 2002, Stealth Records. Yearly, Sanchez curates a series of compilation albums called Release Yourself, which are known for their blend of deep house, Latin, tribal and tech sounds.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Secret Weapons Volume 1 (1994)
  • Secret Weapons Volume 2 (1995)
  • First Contact (2001)
  • Come With Me (2006)
  • Release Yourself – 10th Anniversary Edition (2010)


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

1995 "Strictly 4 the Underground" Singles only
1996 "Release Yo Self"
1997 "Deep"
1998 "Funky and Fresh" (featuring Gerald Elms presents The International Posse)
1999 "1999"
"I Want Your Love (remixes)" (Roger S. presents Twilight) 31 5
2000 "I Never Knew" 24 First Contact
2001 "Another Chance" 20 23 12 20 15 1
"You Can't Change Me" (featuring Armand van Helden & N'Dea Davenport) 45 60 78 86 25
2002 "Nothing 2 Prove" (featuring Sherleen Spiteri)
2005 "Turn on the Music" 44 31 5 29 197 48 Come with Me
2006 "Lost" 31 8 50 1
2007 "Not Enough"
2008 "Bang That Box!" (featuring Terri B!) Single only
2011 "2gether" (featuring Far East Movement) 56 86 92 Release Yourself – 10th Anniversary Edition
2012 "Wrek Tha Discotek" (featuring Soulson) - - - - - - - Blade soundtrack

Selected remixes[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

DJ Rankings (current)[edit]

The DJ List Ranking

The DJ List has approximately 1 million members who rate DJ's in different EDM genres, these are the statistics for The DJ List as of 6 November, 2015.[5]

Year DJ Country Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Roger Sanchez United States Top DJ USA The DJ List 12th
2015 Roger Sanchez United States Top Global House The DJ List 24th

Top Deejays Ranking

Topdeejays is a global DJ database founded and operated by FM Agencija it uses an algorythm that measures general social media influence of a DJ by combining their Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, SoundCloud, MySpace, and YouTube fans, subscribers and followers TDJ calculates and applies TDJ points to in order rank artists global, national and by genre influence. These are the statistics for topdeejays as of 6 November, 2015.

Year DJ Country Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Roger Sanchez United States Top DJ USA Topdeejays List 30th
2015 Roger Sanchez United States Top Global House Topdeejays List 37th

DJ Rankings The Official Global DJ Rankings is calculated according to an advanced algorithm, compiled to give an accurate, independent and fair ranking of all DJs it considers the following criteria DJ earnings.Media presence, Chart data from music releases and remixes, Airplay data from radio stations. Public data about royalties collected from copyright associations, Followers on major social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter etc and Polling and rating data from various polling agencies and rating sites, such as and

Year DJ Country Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Roger Sanchez United States Top Global House The DJ Rankings List 5th


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  3. ^ Allmusic peaks
  4. ^ Search for British certification
  5. ^ "Statistics The DJ List". The DJ List Rankings. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 

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