Born in Italy, raised in the UK, and sometime resident of the jungles of South East Asia, Rocco Universal (real name Patrizio Cavaliere) has been crate-digging and playing records for two decades. His passion for all kinds of good music spawned an enthusiasm for analogue synthesisers and retro production techniques which he's been diligently honing in the studio in recent years. His sound threads influences from disco, italo, Chicago house and Detroit techno into tracks that effortlessly layer thick baselines and rich melodies. It’s these same raw, tripped out disco, house and techno flavours that characterise his dynamic DJ sets too. A regular at london's Turf series, he's performed alongside Hunee, Floating Points, Romare, KON and many others. 2016 saw his debut releases under the Rocco Universal moniker on highly acclaimed labels Leng and Kolour Recordings, Detroit.
Previously he's released records under his real name on German label Movida, garnering support from artists including Osunlade, Nick Curly, Ivan Smagghe, Doc Martin, and Ashley Beedle. He’s also held down residencies and guest appearances for influential promoters like secretsundaze and Good Times, and has rocked clubs worldwide, from Ibiza to Mexico, Germany to Taiwan. Back in 2002 he set up Also Ran Records, releasing music from artists including Martin Dawson, OCH, Liquid People and Danism, as well as his own collaborations with Tom Neville recorded as Francisco the Man.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1977.
He found many kind of music like Punk, Indie Rock, Jungle, Hip Hop, Techno, etc. while he was in England (Manchester, Birmingham and London) for a couple of years in late 90's.
Then started Djing in 1999.
He organized many parties and events in Japan, with Hokkaido musicians such as OKI ("Ainu" music innovator), THA BLUE HERB (legendary Hip Hop crew), and so on.
He teamed up with a rapper "The best-kept secret of Japanese Hip Hop" Y to the ONE (1980-2011), and toured Japan.
He often went to Hardcore gigs in his hometown and got strong feeling from that local scene.
Then moved to Bangkok in 2009.
His party "GIANT SWING" is organized in Bangkok with DJ mAsa niwayama. That non-genre party invited various guests such as ALTZ, L?K?O, Naohito Uchiyama [Synapse], SINKICHI [bud ryukyu], DJ YAHMAN, DJ DOPPELGENGER, REBEL MUSICAL a.k.a. DJ KEI, BLOWBOHEMIA a.k.a. Masumoto Kota, Nu-Doh [bud ryukyu], DJ ENDO [CONVERGE+], NKchan (Japan), Patrizio Cavaliere (UK), THE ELECTRIC DOG, SayakaStar (Germany), Dan Bi Mong [Digital Natives] (Switzerland / Vietnam), DJ Dragon and MC Sinamon (Thailand).
Also resident of Bangkok's top Dubstep party "DUBWAY" with DJ Dragon [Homebass Communications], MC Sinamon, Jo Stitch [Jiving-Tribe], etc. We invited DJs & musicians such as Goth-Trad (Japan), PINCH [Tectonic Recordings], RSD a.k.a. Rob Smith [Smith & Mighty] (UK), Greg G [7even Recordings] (France / Japan), SABRE [Metalheadz], GA-PI DUB KITCHEN a.k.a. Gap T-bone (Thailand) and MC ABU [original member of Homebass Communications] (Japan). Artworks have been made collaborating with artists like Thun "TRK" Puchpen, Alex Face (Thailand), Chip 7 (US) and QOTAROO (Japan).
In 2012, back in Hakodate City (Hokkaido) where Y to the ONE's soul exists.
DJ HIROO mainly plays heavy and dope tunes like Dub, Breakbeats and Techno. But on the other hand, he sometimes creates relaxed mood in his Chillout set.
He owned his music label called "Oyamapan Sound" from 2006 to 2014.
In 2013, his latest and best project "HALATION (HalationHakodateHokkaido)" started in Hokkaido.
Various artists have performed for its events. ALTZ, DJ DYE [THA BLUE HERB], K-BOMB (a.k.a. KILLER-BONG), B.I.G. JOE (as a DJ), DJ YOGURT, DJ DOPPELGENGER, REBEL MUSICAL, O.N.O [THA BLUE HERB], Kanako Horiuchi, RABIRABI, Kyo Sakurai, SATOL, Aonami, cro-magnon [JAZZY SPORT], THA BLUE HERB, Naohito Uchiyama, JINTANA (Japan), DJ DRAGON, Maft Sai and mAsa niwayama (Thailand).
"HALATION" & "EXPedition" (Experimental edition of HALATION) have become a trademark of DJ HIROO.
Selected discography of HIROO
"Lost in Thailand" [Compilation] (WORLD DJ's / 2009)
HIROO "24 - 24 daydream" [Mix CD] (WORLD DJ's / 2009)
HIROO "Ghost Town Dub" [Mix CD] (WORLD DJ's / 2009)
HIROO "City Lights" [Mix CD] (WORLD DJ's / 2009)
HIROO "Under The Floor" [Mix CD] (WORLD DJ's / 2009)
DJ BREAD BASTARD "BANGKOK BANG DOWN" [Mix CD] (GURUZ / 2011)
DJ BREAD BASTARD "A NIGHT AT GO-GO BARS" [Mix CD] (GURUZ / 2016)
北海道札幌出身。イギリスに2年間滞在した後、1999年に函館にてDJを始める。2008年より「日本語ラップ最後の秘境」「世界的にみてもとてつもないオリジナル」と評された函館のラッパー、Y to the ONEのライブDJをつとめる。
2009年バンコクに移住。同じく北海道出身のmAsa niwayamaと共にパーティー"GIANT SWING"を開始。徹底した音楽主義により、現地のクラブ関係者と世界中から集まるパーティーピープルより絶賛される。また、タイを代表するパーティー"DUBWAY"にはレジデントDJとして参加。2012年に帰国。