Rocky & Diesel > Interview - 2007


X-Press's Rocky & Diesel get - Up Close and Personal

From 1988 got hit by the house bug and hooked up with dj partner/friend dj Rocky playing as house's first dj duo! During this time both became regulars at the legendary "Shoom Club" ran by Danny Rampling and branched out into djing eclectic sets and all things balearic.

Their residencies over the years reads like a whats what of dance music - from London's Boys Own parties to Leeds with Dave Beer and the legendary Back to Basics, Cream in Liverpool, Fabric and thats even before we mention being in a little band by the name of X-Press 2 !!

.............get up close and personal wth X-Press 2's Rocky & Diesel as we take a slightly different approach to the " run of the mill " music based interview...........


When where you happiest ?

Rocky : When I was really young I think. No problems or responsibilities whatsoever. As you get older they pile up. I think around about the ages of 8-14 would’ve been my happiest times. I’ve had happy times as an adult, but I think that it’s a different kind of happiness.
Diesel : 15 July 2001 St. Marys Hospital. The birth of my daughter.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse ?

Rocky : Sorry.
Diesel : “You know”.

What is your most treasured possession ?

Rocky : My health.
Diesel : My family.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Rocly : People that lie. It’s the one trait that I really cannot abide in people. Anything else I can deal with, but deceit.
Diesel : Ignorance.

How do you relax ?

Rocky : I walk a lot. I go to the Lake District and places like that. It’s great to get far away and just totally switch off. I cycle a fair bit as well.
Diesel : Read.

You go to a fancy dress party, what outfit would you wear ?

Rocky : The Indian Chief out of The Village People.
Diesel : Ring Master.

What is your favourite book ?

Rocky : Favourite books are like favourite records, as in mine change constantly. A few I can think of that I go back to quite a lot, are Great Expectations, Peter Ackroyd’s London Biography and Hullabaloo in The Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai.
Diesel : The Doll – Hans Bellmer.

If you could go back or forward in time where would you go and why...?

Rocky : I think I’d like to go about 200 years into the future to see if we really do fuck it all up.
Diesel : Probably go to the future. Out of curiosity.

What is the worst job you've done ?

Rocky : I haven’t really done that many jobs to be honest. I worked as a progress chaser for a few years when I left school, at Thorn EMI. I then worked as an account clerk for a couple of years but Acid House came along and I had to knock that job on the head. I’ve been DJing since then.
Diesel : Work for the M.O.D.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

Rocky : A cure for tinnitus.
Diesel : More time.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Rocky : It’s all about love man.
Diesel : Reap what you sow.

You throw a party and can invite 3 special guests either alive or dead ..... who and why ... ?

Rocky : My Dad. He died just before I started DJing so I’d like to tell him what I’ve been up to.
Samuel Pepys. He was just a dude and I’d love to see the look on his face when he sees how the world has changed.
Marilyn Monroe. For a bit of eye candy.
Diesel : Peter Cook for the laughs, Sun Ra for the music tips and Marts Andrups for a catch up.

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