Roger Shah

Roger Shah
Birth name Roger-Pierre Shah
Also known as Sunlounger, Purple Mood, Savannah, Black Pearl, High Noon at Salinas, Magic Island, Global Experience
Born (1972-11-29) 29 November 1972
Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Genres Balearic trance
Balearic beat
Occupation(s) DJ, producer, radio show host/DJ.
Instruments Synthesizer, Equalizer, etc.
Years active 1996 - present
Labels Armada, Black Hole, Anjunabeats, Magic Island
Associated acts Sunlounger, Global Experience, Mellomania, North Dakota

Roger Shah (German pronunciation: [ˈʁɔdʒɐ ˈʃaː]; born 29 November 1972 in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany), also known as DJ Shah and Sunlounger is a German electronic music composer and producer.[1]



Roger Shah was born in Esslingen in southern Germany to a German mother and a Pakistani father. His brother Pedro del Mar (real name Patrick Shah), also a trance DJ, hosts a bi-weekly vocal trance show called Mellomania. Roger first began to hit his production stride in his native country in 1999 putting out the tracks "Claps", "The Mission" & "Tides of Time". In 2003 his "High" release was signed by Virgin Records imprint Nebula. This marked his first non-domestic release, and over the course of the next 5 years he inked productions to a range of trance labels such as Black Hole Recordings, Anjunadeep Records and Vandit Records.

Roger Shah has featured in DJ Mag Top 100 list 5 times, peaking at #21. He received a double EMPO nomination for Best Trance & Progressive DJ and Best Radio Show and an IDMA award nomination as break through artist in 2008. With more than 500 releases, his music videos watched about 90 million times and having played at the most important clubs such as Privilege Ibiza or Zouk in Singapore as well as at a lot of major festivals such as Ultra Music Festival in the olympic stadium in Seoul and many A State Of Trance events around the globe.

As a producer he has worked with and produced for artists such as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Sarah MacLachlan, Kosheen, Bryan Adams or Moya Brennan, who is best known for her works with Hollywood producers like Hans Zimmer.

As a classical music composer with an EDM background he has the talent to expand his career, he recently signed deals with some of the leading movie score/ trailer houses in Hollywood and has started to work on orchestral cues for those companies.

The Armin Connection

In 2007 Armin van Buuren named Shah’s "Who Will Find Me" release as his favourite track of 2007. Having heard the demo of its follow-up, Van Buuren saw crossover potential in the track and made contact in early 2008 to ask if Shah would like to collaborate on it. The result was the Chris Jones song ‘Going Wrong’ which reached number 5 in The Netherlands, the track went on to become one of the biggest selling trance singles of the year. From there Magic Island Records – Shah’s primary label moved from his own stable to that of one of Armin’s industry-leading Armada Music.

Magic Island Records

An imprint for both Roger’s own material and that of like-minded producers, Magic Island releases have quickly become fixtures in the CDJs of the world’s biggest spinners. Notable up and coming names like Ralph Fritsch, DJ Cosmo, Kim Svard and Walsh & McAuley have all had releases on the label.

Solo Albums

Songbook released in 2008 was strongly received by both press and fans alike, it was praised for its innovative dual club mix and acoustic version approach. Singles taken from it like "Don’t Wake Me Up" and the aforementioned "Going Wrong" & "Who Will Find Me" (a Top 20 ASOT Tune of the Year in 2008) proved to be particularly popular. This was followed up by another solo album Openminded in 2011. Again this featured 2 CDs, one of club mixes and one of album mixes.

Live and DJ performances

In late 2008 Shah took the decision to change his artist name. Dropping the ‘DJ’ prefix, he revised it to Roger Shah – a move that signalled a move away from straightforward DJ sets. During live performance, Roger Shah frequently uses a wireless keyboard interface such as the M-Audio Oxygen 25 (25 key USB midi controller). Roger Shah has mentioned numerous times that he will perform with his laptop instead of CDs.

Pseudonyms and side projects

In addition to his own name Roger has also produced under various other aliases. Notable among them are his ‘pka’ DJ Shah, High Noon at Salinas, Magic Island & Savannah. Shah is also one half of the Anjunabeats released act Purple Moods, Black Hole project Global Experience and ASOT’s Black Pearl, whose ’06 – ’09 spanning singles ‘Coral Sea’, ‘Java’, ‘Bounty Island’ and ‘Rise’ generated much additional interest in Shah’s solo productions.


This project included the release of the ‘Another Day On The Terrace' album in 2008 which reached No.1 on Dutch iTunes’ ‘all-music-genres’ chart and spawned four singles: ‘In & Out’, ‘Aguas Blancas’, ‘Crawling’ & ‘White Sand’. The project become so celebrated that Roger expanded Sunlounger into a live act - a performance of which was featured on Armada’s ArminOnly DVD. It was this experience that he credited with his latter wholesale move into live Roger Shah performances. In 2009 Roger released the Sunlounger follow-up LP ‘Sunny Tales'. It's progeny singles included ‘Catwalk’, ‘Mediterranean Flower’, ‘Change Your Mind’ and the much-revered ‘Lost’ - voted as Tune of the Year for the 2008 A State of Trance radio show hosted by Armin van Buuren and numerous #1 airplay positions across the globe. His third album, The Beach Side of Life, was released in 2010.[1]

Magic Island: Music For Balearic People – The Compilations

Shah’s compilation series has so far seen seven outings (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Encapsulating everything Shah stands for musically, their intrinsically White Island trance sound has sound-tracked an uncountable number of clubbers holidays. Roger typically uses the compilations as first-listen holders for future singles & collaborations with Vol.2 including ones with Signum, Judge Jules & Amanda O’Riordan and Tenishia.

‘Magic Island: Music For Balearic People’ – The Radio Show

Broadcasting weekly, Magic Island – Music For Balearic People is a 2-hour radio show carried by the DI.FM station and is currently being syndicated to many other countries, most recently including Mexico and Jordan. Presented by Roger every Friday between 21.00 GMT (22:00 CET), it features melodic trance through the first hour with Balearic, Chillout and Dream Trance styles in the second hour.


Shah has reworked tracks for legendary vocalists like Sarah McLachlan and Nadia Ali. He’s also remixed tunes for a litany of trance-masters including Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Mark Norman, York, Cosmic Gate, Josh Gabriel, Johan Gielen, System F, The Thrillseekers, Solarstone, Three Drives, Matt Darey & Oceanlab. Most recently Roger has rewired Andain’s ‘Beautiful Things ‘10’ and Richard Durand’s ‘Always The Sun’.


DJ/Roger Shah


2000 Dj Shah - The Album
2008 Songbook
2011 Openminded
2016 Music For Meditation Yoga & Any Other Wellbeing Moments


1999 Claps
1999 Commandments
2000 Riddim
2001 Tides of Time (feat. No Iron)
2002 High
2003 Sunday Morning
2004 Sunset Road (with York)
2006 Beautiful (Glimpse Of Heaven) (feat. Jan Johnston)
2007 Palmarosa
2007 Who Will Find Me (feat. Adrina Thorpe)
2008 Going Wrong (with Armin van Buuren feat. Chris Jones)
2008 Don't Wake Me Up (feat. Inger Hansen)
2008 Back to You (feat. Adrina Thorpe)
2009 You're So Cool (with Tenishia feat. Lorilee)
2009 To the Sky (with Chris Jones as Open Minded)
2009 I'm Not God (with Tenishia feat. Lorilee)
2009 Healesville Sanctuary (feat. Signum)
2010 Hold On (with Judge Jules feat. Amanda Angelic)
2010 Ancient World (with Signum)
2011 Morning Star (feat. Moya Brennan)
2012 Hide U (feat. Sian Kosheen)
2012 Shine (feat. Sian Kosheen)
2012 Perfect Love (with Fila feat. Adrina Thorpe)
2012 Dance With Me (feat. Inger Hansen)
2012 One Love (feat. Carla Werner)
2012 Island (feat. Adrina Thorpe)
2013 Higher than the Sun (feat. JES & Brian Laruso)
2014 One Life (feat. DJ Feel & Zara)
2014 No Brainer
2014 Without You (with Sied Van Riel feat. Jennifer Rene)
2014 The Namib (with Pierre Pienaar)
2014 Eye 2 Eye (with Aly & Fila Feat.Sylvia Tosun) <(#FSOE350 Anthem)>
2014 Glitter and Gold (feat. JES)
2015 Louder (with Paul Van Dyk & Roger Shah feat Daphne Khoo)


2005 The Ultimate Chillout Collection
2008 Sunlounger Sessions
2008 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People
2009 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 2
2010 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 3
2010 Sunlounger – The Downtempo Edition
2012 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 4
2014 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 5
2015 Global Experience with Brian Laruso and Roger Shah
2015 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 6 2016 Magic Island: Music For Balearic People Vol. 7

as Dj Shah

2008 'Nadia Ali' - Crash and Burn

as Roger Shah

2008 'Sunlounger & Cap Feat. Stephanie Asscher' - Heart Of The Sun
2009 'Richard Durand' - Always The Sun
2009 'Roger Shah & Tenishia' - You're So Cool
2009 'Roger Shah & Tenishia' - I'm Not God
2009 'Roger Shah & Signum' - Healesville Sanctuary
2009 'Ira Losco' - Shoulders Of Giants
2009 'Samara' - Verano
2010 'Andain' - Beautiful Things
2010 'Roger Shah & Signum' - Ancient World



2007 Another Day on the Terrace
2008 Sunny Tales
2010 The Beach Side of Life
2013 Balearic Beauty


2006 White Sand
2007 Aguas Blancas
2007 In & Out
2008 Crawling
2008 Catwalk / Mediterranean Flower
2008 Lost (feat. Zara)
2009 Change Your Mind (feat. Kyler England)
2010 Found (feat. Zara)
2010 Breaking Waves (feat. Inger Hansen)
2012 Try To Be Love (feat. Zara)
2013 Finca (feat. Rocking J)
2013 Balearic Beauty
2013 I'll Be Fine (feat. Alexandra Badoi)
2014 Surrender (feat. Chase)
2015 Sunkissed

Black Pearl


2006 Bounty Island
2008 Coral Sea
2009 Java
2010 Rise
2010 Discovery
2015 Tagula Island



2006 Savannah La Mar
2009 Body Lotion
2010 Darling Harbour

Global Experience


2015 Global Experience


2005 Tennessee / Dakar
2006 Zanzibar / San Salvador
2007 Madras / Malaysia
2008 Koengen
2011 New Life
2014 Turtle Bay

2015 Louder


2006 'Brian Laruso' - Song For The Ocean
2006 'Mark Norman Presents Celine' - Colour My Eyes
2006 'Tiesto Feat. Maxi Jazz' - Dance4Life
2006 'North Dakota' - Superstring 2.6
2007 'Shane 54' - 1000 Lullabies
2007 'Johan Gielen' - Revelations -Right From My Heart-
2008 'High Noon At Salinas' - Celebration
2008 'Charles McThorn Feat. Elles De Graaf' - Winds Will Turn


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