Rockell's "In a Dream" came out a decade after the initial freestyle wave. It was the only new Freestyle song on the radio in 1997, and it instantly became a freestyle classic. I can spin Shannon's "Let the Music Play" right after Rockell's hit with a seamless transition. Whether it's 1986 or 1997, freestyle is still dance music from the future!
José el Rey: When I first heard "In A Dream" I just assumed it was an old song I had never heard before, but you did this song in '97. How did this happen?
Rockell: It was kind of funny. My brother is eight years older than me, and I grew up listening to Foreigner and Rush. I never said, "I wanna be a freestyle singer;" it fell into my lap. Some guy came up to me and said, "Do you wanna sing background on my album?"
Just like that?
I fell into it.
What are you up to now?
I'm in Texas, working on a top secret project. And am about to release my new single in Europe. It's "On the Radio," a Donna Summer cover.
Top secret project? What happens if you tell me about it? Do you get in legal troubles?
I can't say much, but I'll keep you posted, I'm so excited about it. Music progresses. Music changes. I'm changing with the times.
Fair enough, I won't make you break the code of silence. What new music is touching you?
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Lady Gaga is one of my favorites right now. She's crossing over and topping the charts and making a breakthrough for dance artists.
How do you feel about Miami?
Miami? It's a hot spot to party and have a good time.
Freestyle Invasion II. Featuring Taylor Dayne, Debbie Deb, Johnny O, Judy Torres, Erotic Exotic, David of Nice & Wild, Company B, Reinaldo, Freestyle Evolution, Timmy T, Corina, Sa-fire, Rockell, Sequal, and Voice in Fashion. Saturday, May 30. BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., tickets cost $28 to $58. 305-284-8244; bankunitedcenter.com