Panama-born, Brooklyn-raised Jahphet Negast Landis (also known as Roofeeo) is a Multi-Instrumentalist, DJ and Music Producer. At a young age, when he discovered that he possessed a natural gift for playing musical instruments, he instinctively gravitated towards the drums. In his early twenties, after a year of touring with The Death Set, the band moved to Philadelphia and took over Spank Rock’s former residence. Fortuitously, Spank Rock had left behind 2 Technic 1210's and an Elcer DJ mixer, and Roofeeo took that as an obvious sign to learn how to spin/mix records. So began Roofeeo's journey as a DJ.
Fast forward to today, and it’s easy to catch him spinning a party in some of NYC, Paris and London's hottest nightspots, curating the vibe at events for some of the worlds biggest brands. For almost a decade Jahphet has worked with an array of talented artist that cross, merge and blur genres, including Kanye West, Björk, Diplo, Theophilus London, Santigold, and more.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Roofeeo: My days are far from typical – I make/play music for a living lol. My days/nights revolve around that, whether it’s playing, listening or writing new stuff.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Roofeeo: One of the latest projects I’ve been involved with was in LA, working with Dave Sitek and Sam Dew on Sam’s new album… it’s insane! I can’t wait for people to hear it!
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career(s)?
Roofeeo: The most challenging part about being a professional touring musician/DJ, is that I’m always traveling.
Daily News: Where does your passion derive from? Who are some of your influencers?
Roofeeo: My biggest influencers are my friends. I feel really fortunate to have some of the most intelligent, most creative, most hilarious weirdos as friends, they constantly motivate me to be the best I possibly can.
Daily News: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
Roofeeo: I’ve been super lucky to have worked with some of the most influential artists of our generation, but one of the many people I would be stoked to collab with is Rodaidh Mcdonald, he’s DAF!
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement (to date)?
Roofeeo: My greatest achievement to date would probably be not ending up the way society expected me to be.
Daily News: What is your most treasured possession?
Roofeeo: “Deez Nuts… HA, GOT EEEM”
Daily News: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Roofeeo: If I wasn’t doing this music stuff I’d probably be a chef, I love cooking. Peep #roofbehindthegrill on my Instagram, I go in on the grill/in the kitchen. Stay tuned for my mini web cooking series of the same name “Roof Behind The Grill”.
Daily News: Do you have any upcoming projects in the pipeline?
Roofeeo: I always got something in the works, I mention playing on Sam Dew’s new album, I’m currently in the process of moving out west to further my journey as a music producer.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Roofeeo: My favorite places to travel is Panama, I was born there; It’s therapeutic to go back to your origins.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to play music?
Roofeeo: One of my favorite places to play music is sitting in on drums with Rev Vince’s band, in the back room of Union Pool on Monday nights.
Daily News: Where would you most like to live?
Roofeeo: In a perfect world I could be bi coastal, NYC summers, LA winters.
Daily News: How do you spend your downtime?
Roofeeo: Downtime comes few and far between for me, but when it does, I enjoy listening to the records that I pick up when I’m on the road, having tea while burning a spliff, meditating, perfecting my mom’s Panamanian food recipes, and riding my bike around Brooklyn.
Daily News: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Roofeeo: If I could spend a day with anyone it would be the Chilean filmmaker/musician/author Alejandro Jodorowsky, he’s brilliant.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Roofeeo: If I could give any advice to any young professional (as cliche as it sounds) it would be, know who you are, be patient, and never stop striving to be the absolute best at what ever you do.