All hail the rider! The drum & bass legend journeys through the bleak and futuristic sounds of the genre.
A true don of UK dance music culture, Grooverider started his DJ career playing rare groove and house at warehouse parties and raves in the late ’80s, and on pirate radio stations like Phase One. When Phase One’s owner opened an after-hours club, he booked Grooverider and fellow DJ Fabio, and so began a long and fruitful DJ partnership. With the rave scene becoming more commercial, Fabio and Grooverider took the hardcore sound in a new direction, upping the tempo, playing Detroit techno as well as ragga and dancehall-influenced tunes. The name given to this tougher, darker new breakbeat sound was dubbed jungle, and Fabio and Grooverider were the undisputed kings. Soon the jungle and drum & bass scene became global, and the duo were given a weekly show on BBC Radio 1 where they stayed for an incredible 14 years. Grooverider also made his name as a producer, releasing tracks under his Codename John alias on Metalheadz and his own label Prototype, and remixing artists such as 808 State, Reprazent, Peshay and the Stone Roses. Having recently relaunched his Prototype imprint, the UK bass legend presents his Choice Mix.