UK DJ and radio personality David Rodigan has been on the scene for more than 30 years and counting. With an MBE and a host of prestigious accolades under his belt, he has been chosen to front the next album in the acclaimed Masterpiece series from Ministry of Sound, out for release 27th January, 2014.
As one of few DJs to have influenced and inspired the masses for over three generations, David Rodigan has managed to continously adapt to reigning trends while sticking to his favorite music – reggae.
Masterpiece – Created by David Rodigan is a document of his journey as a DJ, starting with his initiation into the sounds of 60s British pop and American soul, and passing through five 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,” says David Rodigan in a press release. “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.”
The selection has been 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.
David Rodigan also gives a whistle-stop tour of the world, showing how the vibrant current roots reggae scene spans artists in Canada/Jamaica (Exco Levi), Italy (Riva Starr) and England (Liam Bailey).
“I wanted this third CD to be looking to the future,” he says. “We are progressing and not living in the past. There are people with new ideas and this music is not finished, there’s a lot more to come.”
A selection of tracks will be available as a 7” vinyl boxset, handpicked by David Rodigan.
The Masterpiece series is a concept fronted by artists and DJs of the highest calibre. It’s an opportunity for them to curate a three disc musical journey that depicts their own influences and inspirations which they can share with their fans. Predecessors in the series include Andrew Weatherall, Fabio & Grooverider and Gilles Peterson.