Roger Berkeley is an anthemic piano-driven rock artist from Dublin, Ireland. Blending his classical influences with current pop/rock trends, his music is reminiscent of artists such as Coldplay and Muse, evoking the emotion of real-world experiences. He performs with a relaxed, charismatic style, and draws in the audience with his words – both spoken and sung.
Having taken a short break to refocus his career and go back to his roots, Roger is reforming a band to take his music to life. Going For Gold, a five-track EP journeying through the struggles of ambition, is due for release early next year. This will soon be followed by a début album and tour by the end of 2018.
Roger’s musical journey started properly when he stumbled across a video of Queen’s Live Aid performance. He was completely enthralled by Freddie Mercury’s onstage antics, from his interaction with the huge crowd to his sheer confidence. Already familiar with Queen’s musical masterpieces (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Somebody To Love’ and others), and developing an interest in the alternative rock group, Muse, Roger decided to become a professional music artist. Years later he is realising his dream, with a single, Every Time, already released and a follow-up EP to be released early 2018.
“I’m gonna climb up all the way to the top
And when I get there, I’m not gonna stop
The future depends on my every move
I’ve got my dreams and they are coming true!“
– Because I Can (lead track on Going For Gold)
Primarily a classical pianist – a former UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar – Roger also plays guitar and sings. His songs are generally written about personal experiences and interests. Laden with metaphors and symbolism, the songs usually feature an abstract take on events, fuelled by a range of powerful emotions.
Having secured a sponsorship deal for the music video, Roger released his début single, Every Time, online and on radio on 13 October 2016. The video has received more than 175,000 views on YouTube and attracted substantial press around the world. Roger is hoping to consolidate this and concentrate more locally with his EP, Going For Gold, due for release early next year.
When not working on his music career, Roger is pursuing a double major in Business and Law at UCD. Specialising in Marketing and Entertainment Law, he enjoys taking inventive approaches towards his career.