Carl Loben (Current editor of DJ Mag) and Ben Murphy (former editor of DJ Mag) are writing a definitive book about the story of Drum & Bass. The project is mostly complete, but it needs a little help to get over the finish line. They have set up an unbound page to collect pledges.
Firstly, love the name of the book, certainly reminds me of the era Drum & Bass started evolving from Jungle. Did you guys go through a few names before settling on Renegade Snares?
Yes we did, initially we decided upon ‘Inner City Pressure’ from the mid-90s Goldie tune, but then found out that a grime book is being written called that very same title, so we went with the name of the great Omni Trio track — with his blessing.
There have been books on the beginnings of Jungle like Brian Belle-Fortune’s All Crews and of course many by individuals. How important was it for you guys to pull the full story together?
Brian’s book was great, as was Goldie’s Nine Lives, and there have been some cool other personal accounts — I’m looking forward to Frost’s book particularly, and Goldie’s warts-and-all sequel to Nine Lives this autumn. But there isn’t a definitive history — which is what the scene deserves, as it’s been such a significant cultural phenomenon, and on our own doorsteps too.
There’s certainly a great list of D&B soldiers featured in the book so far, who’s next on the list to get involved to tell their story?
We wanna talk to everyone. We’ve already interviewed lots of the main playas over the years, but will be hitting people up again to piece together the definitive account.
Lets say the book progresses into a film, who would play these DJs:
Andy C – Danny Dyer, natch
Goldie – himself, obvs
John B – Paul Kaye
Randall – Samuel L Jackson
25 years strong and Drum & Bass is still one of the leading genres founded by British artists, do you think we’ll see a movement like this again in the UK?
Maybe not, because the foundations of D&B were laid before the internet and it had time to ferment a solid basis in the early 90s. Subsequent scenes like Dubstep blew up too quick, cos of the internet, without enough of a network in place to sustain it when it stopped being flavour of the month.
What’s been D&Bs secret to longevity?
Those strong foundations mentioned above; passion; some incredible producers, DJs, MCs and scene stalwarts; pioneering the future; and being a really friendly scene, a far cry from how it’s portrayed by all too many people still.
I’m sure there are some amazing stories that have come up so far, if you’re up for giving a teaser of the book care to name some? Are there any that can’t be printed in the book?
Ah, you’ll have to wait and see!
(Interview by: ontheriseacademy.com)