Welcome back to the 111th installment of FORMAT.FM, this week's episode will feature the last two DJ mixes submitted by our dear friend and Format.FM resident, Rocky Miller (Rocky D Miller), who passed away unexpectedly March 28th, 2018.
Rocky began his music career in electronic music production as a trance producer. His first release on vinyl was back in 2000. He was immediately successful when a the legendary Paul Van Dyk played his single "Unhinged." After Van Dyk played it, it topped charts hitting number 5 in record sales for two weeks straight. Soon after, in 2006, another of Rocky's tracks called "Chamber of Secrets" was voted a Global Selection winner by listeners of Markus Schultz's Global DJ Broadcast.
As time passed, Rocky's love for electronic music evolved as he began to write and DJ house and melodic techno. He played an instrumental role in the development of Twisted Vintage Records, based in the United Kingdom, which is run by two of his close friends, Lee Bryan and Steve Reay. Rocky had multiple releases with Twisted Vintage and became like a brother to them.
In 2017, Rocky discovered FORMAT RECORDINGS, based in Chicago, and became instant friends with Format.FM co-producer, Brenda Curtis. Having recently discovered the underground techno sound, Rocky felt inspired to create music again. He became a Format.FM resident DJ and released his Rotation-EP. Rocky's final record, called Control, was signed by the German label, MONOTON:audio, and will be released in July.
Through Rocky's music, his legacy will live forever. He will be honored this Saturday night (April 7th) as we air the last two DJ mixes he submitted. Twisted Vintage, Format Recordings, Monoton:audio, and Emotive Vibes are in the process of working together to create a compilation release of Rocky's music, with the intent of giving all proceeds back to Rocky's loved ones.
Rocky was an phenomenal musician and friend. Though having never met any of these label managers in person, he touched each and every one of them. His passion and enthusiasm for music was contagious and inspiring. We are devoted to keeping is memory alive through sharing his music. RIP Rocky. We love you ♥
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