Drum and bass legend Roni Size, the Bristol record producer and DJ who came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of Reprazent (whose album New Forms famously won the Mercury Prize) has been talking to the guys over at the Red Bull Music Academy on their radio station. In an hour long show his career so far is chart in what is a fascinating listen for anyone with an interest in Bristol music, drum and bass and Roni Size himself.
Stream it here…
Via the RBMA radio station’s website:
“As a teenager in Bristol in the 80s, Roni Size grew up on a steady diet of reggae, hip hop and sound system culture, and learnt the fundamentals of music production at his local youth club. By the early 90s he was releasing seminal UK breakbeat tracks like Music Box and It’s A Jazz Thing as the jungle sound morphed into drum‘n’bass. At the same time he set up the Dope Dragon and Full Cycle labels with friends and fellow producers DJ Die, DJ Suv and Krust: labels now synonymous with the classic Bristol sound. This core crew went on to form legendary collective Reprazent and in 1997 released their platinum-selling, landmark album New Forms on Talkin’ Loud. Never one to rest on his laurels, Roni Size teamed up with DJ Die and singer Leonie Laws for the experimental Breakbeat Era project, crossing genres again and joining the dots between drum‘n’bass and rock. A UK breakbeat don, Size continues to release solo albums such as Take Kontrol as well as launching his own label, Mansion Sounds, and working again with Reprazent for their third album proper Do It For The Masses.”
While on the subject of Red Bull, please also check out this feature we ran recently about their unmissable upcoming national tour which takes in Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London. Tickets are on sale now through this link: redbullmusicacademy.com/uktour.
The RBMA radio station is here: rbmaradio.com.