Rocco Rampino, better known as Congorock, first came to notice during the heyday of so-called bloghouse, which injected dance music with energy and bigness that had been largely absent in the early aughts. Notable bloghouse producers and DJs have since become part of the exploding EDM scene, and the ravey vibe that bloghouse reintroduced has helped dance music move from the club to the arena. Rampino has followed, and regularly appears on bills with EDM heavyweights such as Deadmau5, who have benefited from the foundation he helped build.
Rampino spins at the Mid Saturday night with Nathan Scott & Gus Karas and Bisharat. He’s from Lecce, Italy, but when I talked to him on the phone earlier this week, he was at his new home in LA.