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David Rodigan MBE

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Interview

David Rodigan MBE

Interview

Is This Love?

David Rodigan MBE

Is This Love?

A Message to Rudy

David Rodigan MBE

A Message to Rudy

Pressure Drop

David Rodigan MBE

Pressure Drop

Biography

July 13

For over 30 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance-halls. The key to his success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he heard ska music in the early ’60s. He developed an obsession with the music of Jamaica that generated an encyclopedic knowledge of the island’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track.

His earliest experience of dee jaying was during lunch breaks once a week in the gym at Gosford Hill School in Kidlington, Oxford. On leaving school he landed a place at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1971, where he spent three years studying to become an actor. He worked extensively in repertory theatre and appeared in a number of television productions such as ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC) and ‘Shackleton’ (BBC); he also performed his one-man show ‘Zima Junction’ at literature festivals and theatres in the 1970s; a dramatisation of the poem by the Russian writer Yevtushenko.

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Sub-Sonic Live

On Thursday 10th Oct 2013, David Rodigan MBE will curate a  Sub-Sonic Live Gig.

An ambassador for British reggae, David Rodigan MBE has been famous throughout Britain’s reggae dance-halls for over 30 years. His extensive knowledge of Jamaica’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track, makes him the perfect choice to curate this very special Sub-Sonic Live, focusing on reggae and British reggae - two of the most significant subcultures of the last forty years.

Joining David on the billing is Lee "Scratch" Perry. A recording pioneer of the reggae world Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of the most important artist-producers to have stepped into a recording studio. Building an experimental studio in his back yard, in Jamaica, "Scratch" was the producer on early recordings for such notable musicians as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. Now in his seventies, Perry continues to contribute to the forefront of new music, with his recent work including a collaboration with electronic explorers, The Orb.

Also in the main room, we will have live dub music from Resonators, heralded by David Rodigan as "British Reggae at its best" and drawing praise from Mark Lamarr, Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles, and in the mini bar will be son of Don Letts; Jet Letts, delivering an educational set from the child of London music. Venum Sounds DJs will also take to the decks in the main room.

Audio

David Rodigan interviews Prince Buster.

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