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The Rocks Off 100: DJ Rockwell, Booth Pimp and Party-Rocker

The Rocks Off 100: DJ Rockwell, Booth Pimp and Party-Rocker
Photos by Marco Torres

DJ Rockwell is one Houston's most versatile and talented DJs, and one of the many assets of the Booth Pimps DJ collective. His ability to rock any party to the fullest with Top 40 to hip-hop to anything in between, this DJ certainly lives up to his name.

Who? A native of New Mexico, Rockwell has been living in Houston for seven years now and considers Houston his home just as much as New Mexico. "I have two older sisters that influenced me musically growing up, and they both had very diverse tastes in music" he explains.

"I was drawn to hip-hop and reggae mostly," he explains. "I came up heavy in the underground hip-hop scene in New Mexico, which is a lot bigger than people may think. All of my friends were either B-boys, graffiti writers or DJs. I was drawn into DJing in the early '90s and have never looked back.

"I started at house parties, then started opening up for hip-hop concerts, eventually ending up on KISS 97.3, the top rated hip-hop and R&B station in Albuquerque," Rockwell continues. "I was later transferred to their sister station PARTY 104.9/93.3 in Houston."

Home Base: "Houston is my home base and is where I DJ most of the time," he says. "I still make it out to New Mexico, but Houston Is definitely home."

Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Houston is a dope city I have always felt welcome here and have made so many good friends," crows Rockwell. "Back in 2009 when the radio station flipped, I could have left... but something told me to stay here. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I feel at home here and every year that passes I love this city that much more."

 

DJ Rockwell has many fans across the city.
DJ Rockwell has many fans across the city.

Good War Story: "Well, not sure if this is a war story but it's something I've dealt with for a while," Rockwell explains. "I started as a very hardcore hip-hop DJ. I guess you could have called me a 'purist,' so going from the underground side to the mainstream-radio side was a little tough.

"I got called a sellout plenty of times, but I never saw it that way," he adds. "I always saw it as progression."

Music Scene Pet Peeve: "I feel people's attention spans are so short these days," Rockwell says. "They move from one genre to the next just to seem cool. I really could care less, if it sounds good and I like it, I'll play it."

Five Records You Can't Live Without:

"Damn!" Rockwell says. "There are so many more!

Best Show Ever: "It has to be the 2011 Redbull Thre3style competition here in Houston," recalls Rockwell. "It was good to see that many people come out and support a DJ competition and actually be into it.

"I had so much support from so many people that night, it really made me feel like I've lived here my whole life," he says. "I'm still so thankful to everyone that came out to support and made it possible for me to win. Special thanks to DJ Remix for basically being my coach during the entire process."

Next Show/Project You're Promoting: Rockwell says he's constantly working on new shows and projects with the Booth Pimps, and urges readers stay updated by following them on Twitter (@BoothPimps).

"I'm working on getting more into the production and remixing side of DJing along with putting out more mixes on a regular basis," he says. "I'm always up to throwing some parties with my DJ homies, so be on the look out for that. My club schedule is constantly, changing so add me on Facebook."

See who else has joined The Rocks Off 100 this year on the next page.

  THE ROCKS OFF 100 2013 ALUMNI

Ash Kay, the Freakouts' Punk Vocal Head-Butt

The Rocks Off 100: Pat Kelly, The Godfather of the Suffers

Michelle Miears of BLSHS, Siren In the Machine

DJ Remix, Genre-Hopping Mix Maniac

Kahna, Brutal Nation's Metal Booking Queen

DJ Ill Set, Enemy of Wack Tracks

Shane Tuttle, Updog Owner and Album-Cover Designer

Electric Attitude, Renegades of Funk

Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator

Recon Naissance, A Rap While Matt's Guitar Gently Weeps

DJ Klinch Asks, "Can You Dig It?"

Jose "Chapy" Luna, Percussionist Con Corazón

Love Dominique, Wicked Heart R&B Chanteuse

Chris Gerhardt, Mastermind of Giant Battle Monster

The Jobe Wilson Band, the Boys From Chambers County

Kimberly M'Carver, Missouri City's Nightingale

DJ Panchitron, Stirring the Cumbia/Moombahton Melting Pot

D.R.I's Kurt Brecht, Thrash Zone Supervisor

Sloan Robley, The Last Houstonian Banshee

Jack Saunders, Dealer of Grit & Jangle

Richard Ramirez, Noise God and Black Leather Jesus

Mike Meegz, Scoremore's Houston Lieutenant

Jacqui Sutton, Houston's "Jazzgrass Lady"

Robin Kirby, Silk and Sandpaper Songwriter

Billy Dorsey, Grammy-Winning MARATHON Runner

David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia

Jason Puffer, Your Psychedelic Sex Panther

Tobin Harvell, Fitzgerald's Unflappable Floor Manager

Walter Suhr, the Straw That Stirs Mango Punch!

Tony Garza, La Orquesta Salmerum Founder

OG Ron C, Chopstar King of the Purple Dome

Football, etc., Giving Emo Back Its Good Name

Angela Jae, Renaissance Artist

Shellee Coley, Voice of the Northern Woods

Blaggards, Houston's St. Paddy's Day House Band

DJ Meshak, Hongree Records' Sound Selecter

K-Rino, South Park Coalition's Southside Maven

DJ Candlestick, One Niceguy and a Very Busy DJ

Danielle Renee, Only Beast's Destroyer of Walls

Felipe Galvan of Los Skarnales

Kristine Mills, Houston's Brassiest Voice

Brian Davis, Punk Drummer, Horror Composer

Elroy Boogie, Top-Notch Turntablist

Sean Ozz, Wizard of The Abyss

Alyssa Rubich, Angel of Instability

Alphonso "Fonz" Lovelace, Righteous Drummer

Frank Zweback, Funkmaster General

OG Bobby Trill, Bombon Beatmaker

Beau Beasley, Organist for the End of Time

Rapid Ric, Mixtape Mechanic

Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero

Coline Creuzot, Soulful Pop/R&B Singer

Cristina Acuna, Cactus Music's Twitter Fingers

Clint Broussard, Blues In Hi-Fi Man Now Back On FM

Nortnii Rose, Houston Ska's Greatest Hope

Ramblin' Chase Hamblin, the Man Who Will Be Paid

Chris Alonzo, Bringing Night Flight to Facebook



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