Reggae legend and MBE-awarded DJ David Rodigan returns to Motion this Friday, as The Blast presents his 40th anniversary tour. Celebrating forty incredible years in the business as both a broadcaster and a DJ, David will treat us to a very special extended 2-hour DJ set that will showcase decades of Reggae music, highlighting what he believes to be some of the most iconic records across Reggae, Ska, Rock Steady, Lovers Rock & Dancehall.
The mighty ‘Ram-Jam’ Rodigan will also be joined by some of the biggest artists in reggae roots and dub music, with the heavyweight lineup boasting the likes of hip-hop pioneer Roots Manuva and the legendary Mike Skinner. There will also be a special three-way b2b between Jungle Warriors’ Kenny Ken, Potential Badboy and Remarc with help from The Ragga Twins, and Room 2 will leave guests at the mercy of Egoless, Benny L, Dazee and much more.
Nitelife caught a few minutes with the iconic reggae selector when he was last in Bristol, to talk about his career, passion and sheer love of all things reggae – something that has been the heart and soul of David’s life from a very young age;
“When you hear this music for the first time, the lyrics, the melodies, the sweetness of the harmonies, and the beautiful production, it’s difficult not to be moved by it. That’s what happened to me, and so many other people worldwide. This music touches people’s souls”
radio enabled me to meet the stars of the music I had admired for so many years. I was getting high on my own supply, so to speak
David was lucky enough to bump into international music icon Bob Marley in a stairwell, which later landed him an interview with the Jamaican singer-songwriter as well as an exclusive first-ever play of Marley’s Could You Be Loved on his Capital FM radio show;
“I’d have to say the best chapter of my life began when I started working in radio”, says David, “even though I have loved doing theatre and television as an actor, radio enabled me to meet the stars of the music I had admired for so many years. I was getting high on my own supply, so to speak”.
Reflecting back on how reggae music changed his life, David observed how the UK sound system culture continues to thrive;
“Bass driven music has always played a major part in people’s lives. Dub music, for one reason or another, has led to drum and bass, then dubstep and, again now seems to be ever more popular with young people”.
Photos by Khali Photography