Roy The Roach
“When I started working at Quaff Records for Roy The Roach in 1988 there was no ‘soulful house’ scene, it was just house music. Roy was into everything danceable. We stocked rare groove, disco, funk, boogie, electro, New York dance and house music from Chicago, Detroit, and New York.” Phil Asher – DJ/ Producer
Roy’s DJ career started with his first club venture, The Quaff Club, where the mix of funk, jazz and soul attracted the attention of London’s blossoming Rare Groove scene.
After opening the shop of the same name, and through this being introduced to all of London’s music hierarchy he soon joined the ranks of the Pioneer’s of London’s Rare Groove movement, originally known on the scene as “The Funky Roach”, and the guy who owned Quaff records. The shop was an integral part of that music movement and the warehouse scene that developed from it. When ‘House’ music arrived the shop became the forerunner in providing music to the DJ’s that are now considered the founders and mainstay of what has become a worldwide phenomenon. Shows on Studio FM, WBLS London and London’s favourite dance station, Kiss FM, cemented his connection with the rise of club culture as we know it.
With residencies at clubs such as ‘Family Affair’ at the T&C 2 in the late 80’s with Eddie Pillar, before the day’s of Acid Jazz, at Kiss Clubs Spirit & Spice, The Leisure Lounge, Club UK, AOL in Naples, regular slots with Gilles Peterson at Dingwall’s for those legendary Sunday’s, The Volt’s in Exeter, Back to Basic’s in Leeds, Rulin’ at the MOS the list of clubs is endless, along with Sundance Tours throughout Europe, and the rise of Ibiza as a clubbing mecca, where he played all the early clubs, Roy the Roach’s names is recognized through more than four decades of club history.
In regard to the day job, Roy is CEO of CAS Resources Ltd, a resource and consultancy company for promoters and marketing and experiential agencies, curating, programming and booking artists for brand events, festivals and celebrations across the globe: Smirnoff Experience, Hennessy Artistry, Guinness-Arthurs Day, DStv Delicious Food and Music Festival SA, Mi-Soul Margate Soul Festival, Strawberry Woods Festival.