Over 15 years of passion for dance music has earned Rob Warner a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most respected djs. He has headlined dozens of events and can often be found on the bill with some of the worlds top djs, including Danny Howells, Steve Lawler, Deep Dish , Pete Heller and many more.
Rob Warner began DJing in 1992 after a few of years collecting records and having become addicted to dark rooms and loud music. His early influences slanted towards the New York garage/tribal/house sound – Strictly Rhythm, Tribal America, Sex Trax etc – mixed with European artists/labels like Eon, Leftfield, Njoi, Guerilla Recs etc. Over a decade later – the music has changed but the vibe has stayed the same – a blend of deep, bumping, funky, twisted music for the dance floor. He calls it Future Garage for short!
Rob is one of few djs who truly has his own sound, and with a passion for finding dark, strange and sexy bombs which aren’t being thrashed by everyone else. His sets are futuristic but still have a classic vibe, and are always aimed at the dance floor.
“When I DJ it’s me playing music I love. I like to mix things up – from deep house to tribal to futuristic tech-house and funky techno – mixing the funky with the dark, the mellow with the driving. I love watching people on the dance floor realise they’ve just been taken from house to techno to futuristic disco and back again in the space of five records.”
Rob has performed at hundreds of events and been resident DJ at the most celebrated clubs in New Zealand since the early 1990s – The world-renowned Box nightclub, Redzone, Calibre and Crowbar.
He has played on events in Singapore, Australia, Japan and Thailand where he was the musical director at Distil bar in Bangkok in 2004/5 – then the highest venue in the world on the 64th floor of State Tower! He has also played extensively throughout Asia on events for premium New Zealand vodka brand 42 Below.
Rob has been a regular DJ on tours to New Zealand for Global Underground, supporting Danny Howells (three times), Deep Dish, Steve Lawler & Nick Warren; and with Renaissance alongside Sander Kleinenberg, Dave Seaman & Junkie XL.
Elsewhere he has DJed alongside supported Desyn Masiello, Sasha, Stacey Pullen, Pete Heller, Austin Leeds, DJ Sneak and more. (see full list at bottom)
Rob’s sets include many of his own re-edits/remakes – some of which have ended up in the sets of top DJs globally including DJs like Desyn Masiello, Greg Churchill, King Britt, Craig Mitchell and more.
His remix work to date includes remixes for NZ groups Dub Asylum and Substax with recording partner Josh Webb (see reviews on next page). He has also been involved in producing compilation CDs with BMG Music NZ – conceiving and mixed the “Full Throttle” CD in 2003 which became a top selling compilation in NZ with music by X-press 2, Stefano Greppi, Scumfrog, Death In Vegas, Faithless and more.
More recently he has produced a track for the New Zealand independent film “You Move You Die” which is due to be released globally in late 2007.
Rob is also writes a monthly article, Music Spiel, which is published on WorldDJ.com – the world’s largest dance music site with over 175,000 members – and his own blogspot and myspace pages. His articles have attracted the attention and praise from some of the leading record labels in dance music including Azuli, CR2, SAW Recordings, Def Mix, Global Underground, Star 69 and more.
Rob is also a regular guest DJ on George FM, New Zealand’s only nationwide dance music station. Since its launch in the late 90s Rob has played on George FM over 100 times.
International DJ Supports
Previous international supports include:
Deep Dish – 1 March 2007, Asta Club
Danny Howells (Azuli – Choice Release) – 12 May 2006, Studio
Anthony Pappa (Balance CD Release) – 16 July 2004, Centro club
Stacey Pullen – 24 June 2004, Centro club
BT (Live) at Two Tribes – 27 February 2004, St James Complex
Nick Warren – NYE 2003/4, St James Theatre
Danny Howells (GU 24-7 release) – September 2003, Centro Club
Sander Kleinenberg (Nubreed/Renaissance) – March 2003, Regent Theatre
Dave Seaman & Junkie XL (Live) – March 2003, Regent Theatre
Nick Warren (GU024: Reykjavik Release) – March 2003, Civic Wintergarden
Sasha (Airdrawndagger CD Release) – December 2002, St James Theatre
Danny Howells (GU event) – March 2002, Civic Wintergarden
Steve Lawler (GU Nubreed 003 Launch) – March 2002, Civic Wintergarden
Plus: Dave Seaman & Junkie XL (Live), Pete Heller (Junior Boys Own Recs), Terry Francis, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, The Sharp Boys (Slinky World Tour), Cass (Spundae CD launch), Barry Jamieson (aka Evolution), Kasey Taylor, Austin Leeds, Anthony Pappa, Lottie (Ministry of Sound World Tour), Dan Kahuna, Mrs Wood, Grant Dell, Mark Luvdup, Phil Asher, Chris & James (Renaissance)
Event and Music Reviews
September 2004 George FM Winter Warm Up – Dave Bradley, www.biggie.co.nz
“Rob Warner started djing to an empty dancefloor which didn’t last long. Within about ten minutes the floor was full and dancing to his unique brand of house. He played one killer tune after another, definitely the standout set of the night.”
September 2003 @ Danny Howells 24-7 CD Launch, reviewer – www.biggie.co.nz
“Rob Warner played the perfect warm-up for Danny Howells, surprising many with his upfront tunes and seamless flow. Danny even stopped the music before he went on to announce Rob to the dancefloor and praise his set.”
Easter 2003 Chemistry, Review – Jonathon Jones
“The pick of the Biggie Room djs was Rob Warner, not just because he got the longest set either. Building a brilliant set, he packed out the cosy dance floor and left those lucky enough to witness his set raving about it for days afterwards.”
March 2001 Two Tribes, unknown reviewer – www.biggie.co.nz
“Rob Warner’s set in the Mezzanine was pure class. Rob Warner kept the crowd going for three hours, slaying them for all he was worth.”
September 2001 – Serious Slinky World Tour (2001), reviewer – www.nzrave.co.nz
“Rob Warner played for over four hours in what became the busiest room at the event. His set of jacking tribal house and twisted techno was one of the best sets this year.”
Dub Asylum – “She Dubs Me” Remix EP
Review from Play Records/Infusion Magazine – “Three tracks taken from the album “She Dubs Me, She Dubs Me Not” are given the overhaul treatment from a few of Auckland’s better known djs / producers. Take a bow Rob Warner and Josh Webb for your overtly funky, electronic rimshot laden, bumpy, breaky house mix of “What The Funk”…”
Grant Smithies – Sunday Star Times (1 August 2004) music reviewer writes: “There’s a spanking new vinyl remix EP from… Dub Asylum, in which tracks from his recent She Dubs Me, She Dubs Me Not album are given a good studio slapping by four local production teams. The Best track? The hypnotically grinding Rob Warner/Josh Webb mix of What the Funk, featuring ex-Auckland resident Sandy Mill (last seen in London recording vocals for Basement Jaxx).”
Jeff Neems, Waikato Times (July 15 2004) 5 stars. “Holy Hector – a vinyl record! This homegrown 12-inch EP features four remixed tunes from Dub Asylum’s excellent She Dubs Me, She Dubs Me Not album, and each track is a killer… There’s two mixes of ‘What the Funk’, the first a great funky tech-house reworking from pioneering Auckland dj/producer Rob Warner… A crucial addition for anyone who likes electronica or Kiwi music.”
Greg Churchill (Underwater Recordings)
“Rob Warner & Josh Webb keep the 4/4 family happy with their hypnotic and infectious “What The Funk” remix…”