The label was initially run from his bedroom, then the Hackney Road before they moved into Denmark Street, the home of the independent record label. The turning point? Eddie received an invitation from the American Hip Hop label, Delicious Vinyl.
“They told me they loved what we were doing and wanted to release our band, The Brand New Heavies. They flew us to Brookyln for a gig at SOB’s. There were maybe 500 people outside, and the stage was invaded by Q-Tip, De La Soul, Third Base, Tribe Called Quest… all these rappers jumped on the stage and started rapping over the band – it was mad, De La Soul were the most famous hip-hop band in the world.”
One of the people in the audience that day was a 16-year-old heavy metal fan called Mark Ronson, who recently had the band play at his 40th birthday. He has credited Acid Jazz with changing his life. “If nothing else, we got that sorted!” jokes Dean, but it’s fair to say the label has been hugely influential beyond putting records out.
Like all things, music is cyclical. “The jazz scene in London, especially South London, is massive, the underground soul scene is going from strength to strength. We’ve always been slightly left of field. We’ve always tried to keep true to our ideals, and British indie’s don’t last 30 years, simple as that. This is our 30th year – what better way to celebrate than to open a radio station?”