David Rodigan

For over 35 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance-halls. The key to his success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he heard ska music in the early ’60s.

Rodigan began his reggae broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London. In 1979 he went to Capital Radio, broadcasting his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show for eleven years. His credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G on JBC Radio in Jamaica. He then went on to clash with all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, the USA and England.

In 1984 he joined British Forces Broadcasting Corp to broadcast his weekly reggae show until 2009. In 1990 he joined the newly legalised Kiss 100 where he stayed for two decades. When his show was pushed back to the early hours, David protested against the marginalisation of reggae music and left the station in 2012. A day later the BBC came calling and signed David. 2012 also saw David awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting, receive the World Cup Clash title in Queens NYC and be awarded his forth Sony Gold Award for his superb 13 part series on BBC Radio 2. He also launched his ‘Ram Jam’ events brand, hosting numerous festival tents across Europe.

2014 saw David join forces with platinum selling act Chase & Status and the legendary Shy FX, under the collective name Rebel Sound, competing in the Red Bull Music Culture Clash at Earls Court in front of 25,000 fans plus another 2million streaming the event from the comfort of their own homes. Rebel Sound won the clash comprehensively and trended #1 on Twitter worldwide and were quickly invited to headline Reading & Leeds festival in 2015.

He plays his unique collection of customised dub plates and classic recordings extensively across the globe from New York to Tokyo, Berlin to Kingston Jamaica to loyal reggae fans of all ages.