ROB DI STEFANO
As the founder of two of dance music's best-known record labels, Rob Di Stefano is the man responsible for some of 90's House Music's most important artists and songs. In 1991, he created the independent labels TRIBAL America / TRIBAL United Kingdom Records. Within five years, TRIBAL grew to be the genre's most respected underground imprint. As label president / head of A&R (and as U.S. managing director of William Orbit's Guerilla Records, distributed by Tribal in the U.S.), Di Stefano found and developed many of the biggest names in contemporary dance music. Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Junior Vasquez, Murk, Underground Sound of Lisbon and others began their careers with Di Stefano or watched them grow under his guidance and direction.
TRIBAL closed in early 1996 when Di Stefano left parent company IRS Records (who, without TRIBAL's income, went out of business months after Di Stefano's departure). In August that same year, Rob formed TWISTED Records, a new label built from the remains of his former imprint and launched it with the hit "Fired Up!". The entire TRIBAL artist roster and label staff moved to TWISTED, a joint-venture with Universal/MCA, where Di Stefano continued to build a trademark brand name and very successful artists (Funky Green Dogs, Club 69, Celeda).
A three-year association with Universal/MCA ended in June 1999 and many feared yet another loss of Di Stefano's landmark label, credited as the pioneer of today's popular "dark house" sound. TWISTED was silent until June 2001 when it was re-launched with the single "The Revolution" by London-based Superchumbo (Tom Stephan). In true TWISTED form, the record is one of the company's most popular titles, topping many of the world's dance music charts, and Superchumbo is one of the genre's hottest new properties.
While TWISTED continues to grow, so does Di Stefano's DJ career, which unofficially began at university in the late 1980's and takes another big step with his mix-CD Yorn Sound System for EMI-Portugal, in association with Vodafone Portugal and national TV channel SIC Radical. As a DJ, he combines a dark house sound with a skilled A&R ear to successfully promote his record labels and artists. "TWISTED's imaging is most important to me. As a DJ, I consider a successful night one in which the crowd leaves with TWISTED on their minds -- the logo, the music, the image."
Rob has traveled throughout Europe and North America, and has played alongside some of the world's best-known jocks: Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Cevin Fisher, Danny Howells, Jori Hulkkonen, Tom Stephan, Phil Perry, DJ Vibe, DJ Pierre, Angel Moraes, Jaydee, Peter Rauhofer, Jim Masters, Tony Humphries, Salt City Orchestra, The Murk Boys, Deep Dish, Ashley Beedle and many others in some of the world's most prestigious clubs (Twilo NYC, Ministry of Sound London, Lux Lisbon…).
Di Stefano's discoveries continue to enjoy lasting success and exposure. Now-familiar names like Tenaglia, Murk, and Deep Dish are joined by recent hitmakers Rui da Silva, Celeda, Suzanne Palmer, Superchumbo, DJ Vibe and Peter Rauhofer.
With his TWISTED label back in full operation, and a hectic tour schedule, Di Stefano has planned a very busy 2002 with new music from: Danny, Tom, Vibe plus new finds 4Toasters (Portugal), Sapphirecut (Philadelphia), Guy Gerber (Tel Aviv), Trendroid, Greg O, and Kats & Styles (all from NYC).