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Rony Rex has risen to the top the old school way: rather than putting out big tunes, he has become a headliner just off the back of his essential DJ skills. It is his slick selections, technical prowess and unrivalled ability to connect with crowds that takes him around the world from Tunisia to Thailand, England to Egypt on a regular basis. This likeable, down to earth Finnish DJ has been doing so for years now, always laying down a bed of club focussed house sounds but embellishing his grooves with a carefully curated mix of bass heavy jackers, energetic breaks and plenty of emotive and melodic touches in between.
To hear the musically open-minded Rony in the club—or live streamed from a waterfall, a plane in flight, a cave, floating on the Baltic sea or outside in the bracing Nordic winter, as he does each month in conjunction with Sennheiser—is to be taken on a story telling ride. Informed by his own life experiences and worldly travels, his energetic, physical sets have ups and downs, left turns and unpredictable conjunctions that leave you feeling like you have really experienced something special. What’s more, he retains an important sense of humour and edge that keeps him separate from the crowd.
Working closely with Red Bull, he hosts his own DJ workshops, runs his own blog and will soon attempt a 24 hour set this summer, as well as working with Pioneer in Finland as an ambassador to test new gear, make videos and play at retailer events. But that’s not all, because he also has an influential and much loved radio show on Bassoradio that shows off his broad tastes, and continues to put on hundreds of Lasermehu and Floorluv events around Finland. As a result of all this, his social media following is naturally vast, with more than 15,000 people hanging on his every move across all the different networks.
Not just a technical talent, not just a deep digging selector, but someone who excels at both, Rony lives and breathes dance music. That always shows in the characterful and engaging sets he serves up—and has done more than 1000 times in his career so far—next to the likes of greats like Armand Van Helden or Mark Knight, Steve Angello or Oliver Heldens.
This multi award winning DJ and official representative of the new DJ and EDM product line at Finland’s largest music product corporation, F-musiikki, is now embarking on the next chapter: he is starting to make beats and is already turning heads with his first EP on leading Finnish label Youth Control. Rony explains:
“Unusually for the modern world, I’ve built my career through DJing and promoting in clubs rather than big tunes. Now’s the time for the rollercoaster moments and feelings that I’ve experienced over the years to come out in the form of tracks that speak a story, the story of my path in the night so far. My sets are never too serious and always have an edge. I’ve channelled this DJ experience into my production; it’s like turning the dance floor into a musical form. I’m making fuel for the clubs, bass-heavy, house-inspired music that you can dance to and feel something from.”
Instantly addictive and incorporating flavours of house and bass, Rony’s debut ‘Sticky Fingers’ has the edge and energy of a typical Rony Rex DJ set and has already got support from taste-making kings like Diplo, Felix da Housecat, Treasure Fingers, Don Diablo or Tommy Trash. As such, the future looks even brighter for this already dazzling dance music star.