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Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Rampling on the rampage
Danny Rampling
Rampling is credited with the rise of house music in the UK
Radio 1's Danny Rampling is one of the UK's DJs in the UK and the man behind numerous hit dance albums. The BBC's Stuart Barrie talked to Rampling about his influence on the UK's music scene and his latest album venture.

Since dance music invaded the mainstream in the late 1980s, it's been evolving, developing into new genres and sub-dividing styles.

But house music, with its classic four to the floor beat as its backbone, has remained constant and Danny Rampling has become synonymous with its soulful sound.

Rampling's association with house began in the clubs of Ibiza in the 1980s. There, he discovered the intoxicating sound of the Balearics and brought it back to the UK.

House has had a bit of a shaky period but it's come through the turbulence

Danny Rampling

Since then, Rampling has established himself as one of the standard-bearers of a sound that has seen off the challenges of rave, big beat and trance.

Rampling, who fronts a weekly Saturday night show on Radio 1, agrees that his style of music seems to be increasingly popular.

"The house scene is gathering a lot of strength at the moment, there's a lot new clubs dedicated to house.

"Clubs such as Code in Birmingham, Bed in Sheffield are doing very well and there's a new night starting in London at Turnmills at which I'm resident DJ.

"So I think house has had a bit of a shaky period but it's come through the turbulence."

Album series

When not at Radio 1, Rampling can be found behind the decks of clubs all over the world.

He has also made several albums of his own.

Danny Rampling
Rampling has residencies in numerous clubs

Rampling's latest record venture sees him teamed with David Morales, one of the pioneers of the house scene in the US. The pair have signed a six album deal with the React label.

"The Rampling & Morales UK/USA series is not about a battle between the DJs, this is about friendship, bonding and unity - showcasing music from the US and the UK that is parallel," Rampling explains.

"House music has its roots in Chicago and New York, so it made sense to have the first release with David Morales who's also a very good friend of mine," he continues.

"He was also the first choice for an album because he is one of the top five American DJs. He's more of a remixer/producer but through our friendship, he wanted to be part of it."

While many mix albums have a short shelf-life, Rampling is determined his new venture is one which should last.

It's been one of the most memorable summers in Ibiza I've had in years

Danny Rampling

"The philosophy behind our album is to make it interesting and have longevity as well. The tracks selected won't sound bad in a year's time.

"I think the market is flooded with mix CDs so it's got to be 100% quality, interesting and creative as well, which I think we've got here."

Rampling remains loyal to his work in Ibiza.

"It's been one of the most memorable summers I've had in years," he enthuses.

"Having the residency at Moneypenny's has been very good for me - the club has had a very good atmosphere every week.

"Renaissance in Privilege was also special for me. The first session I did finished at 10 in the morning - and I just didn't not want to stop."

Danny Rampling can be heard on Saturday nights at 1900 on BBC Radio 1.

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