Grammy nominated musician/producer Roman Rojas


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Roman's First AICP Award Nomination

I'm thrilled to announce that the commercial for Jet Blue "Piñata" featuring Red Sox star player Big Papi that I co-wrote music for with composers John "Scrapper" Sneider and Adam Elk has been nominated for a 2017 AICP Award. The awards will take place in New York City on June 6th, 2017. Thanks to Storefront Music for making me part of this amazing project!

Jet Blue "Piñata" AICP Awards Shortlist



Bad Art Direction, Bad Photography, Bad Everything=Bad Album Cover

Here's a beautiful collection of some of the oddest album covers I could find online, enjoy the beauty!


From Wikipedia: 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock and roll".[1][3][4][5][6] She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little RichardJohnny CashChuck BerryElvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.[5][7][8]

Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of "light" in the "darkness" of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning with her 1939 hit "This Train".[1] Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists, such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music.

Tharpe's 1944 hit "Down by the Riverside" was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, which noted that it "captures her spirited guitar playing and unique vocal style, demonstrating clearly her influence on early rhythm-and-blues performers" and cited her influence on "many gospel, jazz, and rock artists".[9] ("Down by the Riverside" was recorded by Tharpe on December 2, 1948, in New York City, and issued as Decca single 48106.[10]) Her 1945 hit "Strange Things Happening Every Day", recorded in late 1944, featured Tharpe's vocals and electric guitar, with Sammy Price (piano), bass and drums. It was the first gospel record to cross over, hitting no. 2 on the Billboard "race records" chart, the term then used for what later became the R&B chart, in April 1945.[11][12] The recording has been cited as precursor of rock and roll.[7]

Say Hello To The Future Of Performance Products

This is the sort of thing I've been dreaming of applied to the studio, in this case is being sold for DJ's but there are different templates to accommodate any DAW. The Emulator ELITE product line has been designed for all performers in mind. Here's their site if you want to find out more. Touch Innovations.  

Waiting For The VR Recording Studio

I'm dreaming of the day when we'll be able to have sessions in virtual reality, that day is a little bit closer today thanks to solo developer Logan Olson and his VR studio Sound Stage.

Sound Stage is a music instrument sandbox built specifically for room-scale virtual reality. For professional DJ's or hobbyists who want to have fun in a virtual world. 

As a heavy user of Protools, Logic and Live I can't wait to see the integration of VR into their software. 




Working with comedian/actor/director Eugenio Dervez

I got to work on a super fun new music project for Walmart with Mexican comedian, director and actor Eugenio Derbez.  We had the session at LA’s legendary The Village Recording Studios. I arranged and produced a version of the Xmas song "Deck The Halls" in Spanish for Eugenio to sing. We also produced another version of "We Wish You A Merry Xmas" for the Walmart campaign. I'm very grateful to all the folks at Duotone Audio NYC for bringing me into this project.