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Roni Size Live
Fabio & Grooverider
The Beatbox Collective
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Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him. From Bristol youthclub parties, through the white heat of rave and the foundational moments of jungle and drum’n'bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arena and festival stages, he has at each stage created completely afresh not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating. It’s maybe easy to forget given his relative absence from the limelight in the past decade or so, but Roni is one of the people who distilled the very essence of British music, and is responsible for the way our nation sounds to this day.
His family lived on Bristol’s Shaftesbury Avenue, which marked out one edge of the legendary/notorious St Pauls district. In the 1970 and early 80s St Pauls was pulsing with the reggae played at Jamaican style blues dances in people’s houses. “It was 95% black, a few Indians and some white people who embraced the culture. It was an exciting time to be alive; later on class A drugs would come in and bring real destruction but before that it was 24/7, parties every weekend, everywhere a blues, it was lawless and the police didn’t care – as long as they’re all in one place, we know where they are, leave it.” Even as a schoolchild, Roni joined in, setting up a little sound systems with his cousin Dennis, meaning “even our youthclub discos were cool.”
Classic 1997 drum & bass track from Bristol's Roni Size released on V recordings.