Episode 185: Rodge - WPM (Weekend Power Mix) # 215
Rodge is a name most clubbing aficionados of the world know and respect. His success in the Middle East has become legendary, netting him the opening slot at major concert events including Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez in Dubai and in Egypt as well as Martin Garrix, The Scorpions, Sia, Sean Paul, Shakira, Chris Brown, The Chainsmokers, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Bryan Adams, David Guetta, Kygo, Armin Van Buuren, just to name a few. Moreover, he played at Pia Mia’s Birthday Party in Hyde, Las Vegas.
Done Looking For Love was his first single, hitting 2.5-million downloads, making it the biggest track ever released by a regional DJ on Anghami (the main streaming app of the ME). R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly’s official cover dance version featuring UK band Rough copy reached over half a million downloads. His 3rd single, Words reached Number 1 in the weekly Lebanese chart and was Number 4 on Lebanon’s 2017 year-end chart. His pop hit ft LA based singer Meerah “One Night” reached number 1 on Lebanon’s Official Chart as well as on SHAZAM for 2 weeks. One Night also crossed 1 million downloads on Anghami. Rodge was chosen to remix the official 3 Daqat (by Abu ft Yusra) dance mix, the song crossed 100 million views on YouTube. Rodge released his summer single “In Dreams” featuring “Tim Morrison” with an upscale video shot in Mykonos. He also reworked La Casa De Papel’s iconic song “Bella Ciao” with the Italian opera trio “Tre Tenori” on vocals. Rodge also remixed “Drunk Groove” by Maruv & Boosin that topped the charts in Ukraine and was number 3 in Russia, with a video that made waves on YouTube. Rodge continues to top the charts on Podomatic and Mixcloud with his weekly uploaded sets, holding the number 1 spot for foreign music. His single “Beirut” has topped Lebanon’s official top 20 chart for 2 consecutive weeks and remains one of the most popular and requested songs in Lebanon. In Summer 2018, he added 3 major hits to his catalogue: “It starts with love” with famous dance music voice Gary Pine, “Light up the sky” featuring Joe Kellington, which was chosen as the official fireworks show song at the Jounieh Festival and “I Say A Little Prayer” that was a tribute to Aretha Franklin. Rodge collaborated with one of his favorite 80’s singers, the legendary Chris de Burgh, on an exclusive track; He chose to remix “Revolution”, a track on which his signature twist infuses positive energy and light to dancefloors around the region. Rodge also gave the remix treatment to “Ya Sidi” by French band Orange Blossom. Already making waves with listeners across the region, Rodge’s remix of “Ya Sidi” became another music sensation. On February 14th, Rodge kicked off 2019 in fine form, with the release of his long-awaited new single “Never Knew about Love”, just in time to woo his large fan base on Valentine’s day. In summer 2019, Rodge released his latest single “Make Me Feel” featuring Sibbyl, which is currently number 1 on Lebanon’s Official Chart.
A born perfectionist, Rodge is driven by an undying passion for music. He launched his own radio station in 1996 and Mix-FM has since helped shape the musical landscape of Lebanon. It also serves as a springboard to his ever-increasing fame throughout the Middle East. His massive following insures packed houses at every performance.
Easily the most celebrated DJ in the region, Rodge has multiple weekly residencies in Lebanon like Thursdays at BO18 Beirut, Fridays at The Village Dbayeh, Saturdays at Igloo Mzaar.
All these sold-out venues predictably resulted with Rodge being awarded “Best DJ and Club Promoter” by the Syndicate of Clubs and Restaurants of Lebanon in both 2016 and 2017. In summer 2017, he was given the title of “Ambassador of Culture and Music to the Youth” by the students of the universities social club.
Rodge also tours yearly (Cannes, Mykonos, Las Vegas, Egypt, Dubai, Canada) and in 2019, his touring schedule will include gigs in Las Vegas, Ne(continued)