Rosko

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Paul Bosko
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Rosko performance at Avalon in 2006
Background information
Birth name Paul Eric Bosko
Genres Electronic, folk, rock, house
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer
Years active 2003–present
Labels NY Love Records, Ultra, Dusk Recordings
Associated acts John Creamer & Stephane K, Nadia Ali, Lance Jordan

Paul Eric Bosko, also known as Rosko, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He is perhaps best known as a recording artist for his 2005 single "Love Is A Drug" which reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart, and was produced by John Creamer & Stephane K. He is also known for his collaborations with Grammy Award-Nominated Electronic/Dance artist Nadia Ali, which include their 2006 duet "Something To Lose" for Ultra Records, and the song "Promises" on Ali's 2009 solo album "Embers."[1]

History[edit]

Paul Bosko began collaborating on house music projects in 2003 with New York-based DJ/producers John Creamer & Stephane K, and when Creamer and his club scene counterparts nicknamed him "Rosko," it eventually stuck and became his moniker as a recording and performing artist in the electronic and dance music industry.[2] He should not be confused with DJ Emperor Rosko.

Paul Bosko's musical work, ranging from folk-pop to alternative dance, sometimes featured DJ/producer Lance Jordan in a co-producing role, and occasionally as co-writer and lead guitarist as well. Bosko and Jordan met in 2001 at a Music and Internet Expo sponsored by mp3.com at Madison Square Garden.[2] In 2003 the duo were shopping an album they made together, "Paul Bosko/Dressed To Play,"[3] when they began searching for remixers, and caught the attention of Creamer & K, who had just been named 2002 Remixers of the Year by Remix Magazine. C & K joined the project as producers,[4] and in 2004 the label NY Love Records was created as a vehicle for releasing their original material.

The 2005 anthem Love Is A Drug would become his first big hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, going all the way to #1. The fusion of Rosko's bluesy, classic guitar-rock style, combined with the pioneering house music grooves of the production team, is self-described as "Rock/House" (as in "rock the house," or "to infuse house music with rock and roll elements").[5] Rosko has cited artists like New Order and Depeche Mode, as well as the 70s music of Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac, as major influences.

"Love Is A Drug" went on to appear on several dance compilations, including Grammy Award-winning Peter Rauhofer's 2006 album "I Love New York." The single was followed by another Creamer and K collaboration, this time a duet with Nadia Ali of iio, titled "Something To Lose." The duet was signed by Ultra Records, and championed on the UK's BBC Radio 1 by influential DJ and tastemaker Pete Tong.[6] Subsequently, Ultra quickly licensed the record to Roger Sanchez's "Release Yourself vol. 5," as well as to the Global Underground solo debut of DJ/Producer Sharam (of the Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish), titled "Dubai." Another Rosko single, "Milkbone," was released in September 2006 by Lance Jordan's own independent label, Dusk Recordings.[7]

Rosko performed as Singer and Keyboardist in Nadia Ali's 2006–2007 World Tour which stretched from North Africa to Eastern Europe and ended in Central America. Along the way, the two shared the stage with Tiësto, Armand Van Helden, and John Creamer & Stephane K, among others.

Selected discography[edit]

  • "Dressed To Play" (Paul Bosko Album) (2001 Blue Nova Music)
  • "Y4K – Past Lessons, Future Theories" (Various Artists) (2004 Distinct'ive Records)
  • "Love Is A Drug" (Rosko EP) (2005 NY Love Records)
  • "Peter Rauhofer's I Love New York" (Various Artists) (2006 Star 69 Records)
  • "Something To Lose" (Creamer & K feat. Nadia Ali and Rosko) (2006 Ultra Records)
  • "Sharam Dubai GU 029" (Various Artists) (2006 Global Underground)
  • "Roger Sanchez – Release Yourself vol. 5" (Various Artists) (2006 Stealth Records)
  • "Milkbone" (Rosko EP) (2006 Dusk Recordings)
  • "Thirsty" (Creamer & K and Joeski feat. Rosko) (2007 NY Love Records]
  • "Ultra.Summer 01" (Mixed by David Waxman) (2007 Ultra Records)
  • "Out.Anthems 2" (Hosted by Jonny McGovern) (2007 Ultra Records)
  • "Sink The Hook" (Jay P and D Lav feat. Rosko) (2007 Slanted House Records)
  • "Get A Room" (Rosko EP feat. Creamer & K) (2009 Mynt Music Records)
  • "Embers" (Nadia Ali Album) (2009 Smile in Bed Records)
  • "Queen of Clubs/Onyx Edition" (Nadia Ali Remix Album) (2010 Smile in Bed Records)

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