The R.O.A.R. and Chooky’s world’s first collided in summer 2012, when Chooky turned in a Moombah-core remix of “Emotion32” for The R.O.A.R.’s upcoming EP. That track proved to be the catalyst for a collaboration that would move beyond just remixing. “Emotion32” was not only featured in a movie (“RELATIVE” in the opening scene), and on various blogs and websites(Do Androids Dance, Moomba+, All Things Moombahton, Fingers On Blast) it has also been a mainstay on Moombahton.net’s ALL TIME TOP 10 with over 60K plays in only 3 months. The use of ORIGINAL VOCALS and ROCK ELEMENTS were heralded as a much needed and important part of the development of Moombahton and would lay the blueprint for CHAMPION ROCKA.
Moombahton itself still in it’s infancy at just 3 years old, the Latin-tinged- 108 BPM genre founded by Dave Nada, appeared to have hit a holding pattern. Many of the genres BIGGEST Producers and Champions had slowly weened themselves off Moombahton and started dabling in the exploding Trap/Twerk/Zouk/ and Hard Style scenes. With cries of “Moombahton is Dead” ringing from Message Boards, and Blog sites everywhere Chooky and The R.O.A.R. decided to re-commit themsleves to the genre that had brought their musical paths together.
The only criteria for Champion Rocka then was to do something in the 108-112 BPM range that hadn’t been done before. Wether it was to use different rhythmic patterns or sounds, or to cross-pollinate Moombahton with genres it hadn’t readily mixed with initially, PUSHING THE ENVELOPE of where it could go was Paramount.
In only 6 months of existence CHAMPION ROCKA has performed along side DAVE NADA (The Creator/Originator of Moombahton) and garnered support from the HEAVIEST HITTERS in that and other EDM Genres. Now a solo act as opposed to a duo, with a rotating cast of live vocalist/musicians, The R.O.A.R. aka Steve Narvaez is waving the CHAMPION ROCKA flag into the future. Playing a slew of high profile events during WMC 2014, making a stop at Moombahton’s LONGEST and STRONGEST Weekly Party at Orlando’s Shake-n-Bass and having collaborated with the brightest up and coming, and established producers, Ricky Vaughn, JSTJR, BangInclude, Jameston Thieves, WRKD, add into the mix heading up NYC first Monthly Moombahton/Global Bass Party in TEMPO, and the skies the limit where the music can go.