David Rodigan, master of reggae, has been on the scene for over 30 years and counting. With an MBE and a host of prestigious accolades under his belt, he is the perfect talent to front the next album in the prized ‘Masterpiece’ series from Ministry of Sound out for release 27thth January, and available to purchase from Amazon and iTunes.
The ‘Masterpiece’ series is a concept fronted by artists and DJs of the highest calibre. It’s an opportunity for these pioneering acts to curate a three disc musical journey that depicts their own influences and inspirations which they can share with their fans. With predecessors including Andrew Weatherall, Fabio & Grooverider and Gilles Peterson, the level of reputation and irrefutable standing of acts selected for ‘Masterpiece’ in the past is a given.
Watch David Rodigan's recent interview at his curated event for Fred Perry Subculture, headlined by Lee 'Scratch' Perry, below.
David’s unsinkable passion for reggae music and his world renowned talent for triumph in sound clashes against the likes of Barry G, Jamaica’s champion DJ, led to his victory at the World Clash Reset in New York where he took the Champion Trophy. In 2005 he was given a place in the Sony Radio Academy Hall of Fame and has won three extremely coveted Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards. In 2012 he was awarded the MBE for ‘Service to Broadcasting’.
As one of few DJs to have influenced and inspired the masses for over three generations, Rodigan has adapted like no other DJ of his calibre has managed to. Not only is he a true legend in the reggae world, but he is also a respected father figure for today’s UK bass producers, rubbing shoulders with Toddla T and Ms Dynamite, collaborating with Caspa, Chase & Status and Breakage and hosting his own ‘Ram Jam’ events.
Masterpiece is a document of David’s journey as a Deejay, starting with his initiation into the sounds of Sixties British pop and American soul, and passing through four decades of the evolution of Jamaican music in all its guises: ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall and the new roots revival.
“I have made other compilations,” he says. “But I decided this should be a reflection of my life musically, including both the things I grew up listening to and the things I am currently enjoying.”
David’s selection has been carefully broken down into three discs featuring a range of influences from The Kinks, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Dusty Springfield, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Tessanne Chin, King Tubby and Ini Kamoze to name a few.
As an added way of saying thank you to all his fans, a selection of tracks will be available as a 7 inch vinyl boxset, handpicked by David Rodigan. The package will also include exclusive lines from David himself on what each track means to him, as well as a custom made dink with his signature.