Rob-Play, born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City, a very interesting and creative individual to say the least. A man of many talents, a man associated with many businesses, such as digital marketing, nightlife entertainment, and sports management, but yet music is the common ground that keeps him balanced.
If you ask Rob about his DJ skills or performances, he claims “I’m not a DJ, I’m an Entertainer” though one would question so how does he continue to entertain hundreds all around. “Honestly, I have a lot of respect for all DJs in all levels, from the mainstream club bangers to the mobile DJs at the high-school prom, but I just keep it simple and do me. Music is a motivation for me in this transitional culture,” said Rob-Play. Further explaining, “when it comes to DJing, you are transitioning between two different sets, side-1 and side-2, this is something I’ve been doing for over 15 years in my career in technology: flash animation, web development, video productions, etc. You are going from one frame to another. If you have a good taste in music and if you have a good understanding in transitions then you also can deliver a great performance,” said Rob-Play.
Rob comes from a background of the Dominican Republic descent, which is a Latino culture primarily known for their music genre in Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. The Merengue rhythm dominates the music with its swift beats from the güira or maracas percussion sections, while banging drums such as the tambora is the most characteristic feature that stands out. Rob-Play’s culture plays a tremendous role in the style of music selection and mixing; whether you’re jumping around to Latin soul house sounds or grooving out to a 90s classic Reggaeton dembow remix, he choice of play will always get a touch of that Latin Caribbean rhythm. Rob-Play considered himself well-rounded as a music fan and in the music business, which explains his continuing delivery in complete entertainment.
“I love to dance to all types of music, so before I load up a track I ask myself… is this going to make me dance. I’m not a DJ, I just like to entertain and rock the crowd. I thank New York City for that”
Influenced by artists such as: *random order
Influenced by artists such as: Pitbull, Aventura, Romeo Santo, Prince Royce, Anthony Santos, Frank Reyes, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel, RKM & Ken-Y, Arcangel, Tito El Bambino, Doble T & El Crok, Omega, Toño Rosario, Marc Anthony, Adolescentes, 112, Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, NAS, The Game, A Tribe Called Quest, Musiq Soulchild, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Bob Sinclar, Stevie B, Jaheim, Maxwell, Robin Thicke and… 90s Hip-Hop and R&B, Latin House, etc.