UK House talent, DJ and producer Danny Rampling was one of the first Superstar DJs and remains a true pioneer and visionary of the global dance scene. Danny began listening to music at a very young age listening to radio daily. His mother would have the radio playing in the family home and he became obsessed with the sounds being transmitted and how it was possible to broadcast music through the medium of radio. Early records which were played at family parties which are probably his earliest memories are Jerry Lee Lewis ‘Great balls of fire’ the rock and roll anthem. His own professional DJ career started when he created Shoom after a few years of attempting to break into the London closed shop club/warehouse party scene.
Radio also underpinned his success professionally going from an unknown late night shift presenter to peak time with Kiss FM London when it was a pirate station and the sound of young London created by Gordon Mac. He had the vision and gave Danny an opportunity with no presenting experience on radio to be part of at the time an exciting new ground breaking station. House music also gave him like thousands of other DJs the break they were waiting for patiently. They created their own opportunity through House Music which was very limited and in the hands of a select few DJs and promoters pre House music scene.
Danny Rampling is widely credited as one of the original founders of the UK’s rave/club scene but his love for house music didn’t really start until a chance holiday to Ibiza in 1987. Rampling, along with fellow DJs Paul Oakenfold and Nicky Holloway attended Amnesia, a then open air nightclub in San Rafael. At the club the group were introduced to the unique eclectic style of DJ Alfredo playing among other genres the new house music that had been exported from the USA.
“I met Nicky in Ibiza and became his DJ assistant over a 4 year period where I learned so much about the craft and business of promoting events. Later on Nicky introduced me to Paul who was working for Def Jam records at the time and brought all their artists over on a UK tour (Run DMC, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J) which was huge at the time. Then later we all went to Ibiza to celebrate Paul’s birthday and history was made” he said.
Due to his success hosting a prime time Saturday slot with Kiss FM Danny was invited to be part of the changing face of BBC Radio 1 spearheaded by station controller Matthew Bannister and Pete Tong. BBC R1 approached him from Kiss along with other Kiss contemporaries on the first wave with Tim Westwood and Giles Peterson later followed by Judge Jules. R1 made a negative impact unfortunately to Kiss taking some of the stations key presenters at that time.
“It was an offer none of us refused as Kiss only broadcast to London area and this was ahead of internet radio broadcasting. My experience at Radio 1 improved my skills as a radio presenter and also taught me about the internal world of the BBC” he said.
Danny was living his childhood dream of being a presenter on radio and helped change the face of Radio 1 and British club culture.
“The R1 weekend shows between us all underpinned the nation’s boom in clubs all over the country, it was the golden era of UK clubbing” he said.
Danny plays a broad mix of electronic music. Music to celebrate and dance to and escape the pressures of everyday life, to music that uplifts the soul and spirit. Heavily influenced by that dirty tribal twisted American sound made my Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez, Murk, Angel Moraes and Peter Rahoufer. It was an amazing period of the New York sound. “The clubs were awesome. Twilo, The Sound Factory, The Roxy, and The Tunnel and the Tenaglia early Groove Jet Miami WMC parties. It was very special to have been part of that sound” he said.
Tony Humphries also greatly influenced his sound and so many other DJs in the early days with his sets at Zanzibar in New Jersey and his mix shows on NY 98.7 kiss radio vocal house at its best. When he heard DJ Alfredo play way back when Amnesia was an open air club was a life changing experience for him and the early days of the evolving Acid House scene. “Red Zone with David Morales was also a great period for the NY club scene and the late great Frankie Knuckles at the Sound Factory and Sound Factory bar. The Italian House sound of early 90s was wonderful upbeat and funky sound and breaking so many of those tracks in the UK after my trips to Italy sourcing music and playing the clubs in Italy. Not forgetting the Trance sound of the 90’s also had an incredible energy” he said.
Decoded Radio is happy and thrilled to present Danny Rampling with this his second guest mix for the show. It’s 60 mins of meticulously crafted acid influenced techno which he only knows too well. Enjoy the show.
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Decoded Radio hosted by Luke Brancaccio presents Danny Rampling.
01. Dirk Sid – Eno Hitachi [Unknown]
02. Maceo Plex – Mutant Quassars
03. Unknown – Keys of Gods (Cioz)
04. Collective States – Racer Snake
05. L.S.G – Freakwaves
06. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Cristoph Private Edit)
07. Alfonso Muchacho – Invo
08. K.A.L.I.L – Surge
09. K.A.L.I.L – Emerge
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