Ahead of his appearance at Reggae Splash on Friday night, Jamie Rodigan sat down with us and spoke all things Djing, playing Fire & Lightbox, and artists he would love to work with. Check out what he had to say below!
Hi Jamie, Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers who may not be familiar with who you are and what you’re known for?
I’m a Reggae Dancehall DJ and Producer and I’m known for high energy dj sets.
You come from a rich musical heritage, what is your first musical memory and what was it that got you into production/DJing?
First musical memory was late 80s listening to my Dads records. Stand out songs for me were ‘Hol A Fresh’ by Red Dragon and ‘Worries In The Dance’ by Frankie Paul.
You play at Fire/Lightbox a lot, do you have any particular moments that stand out in your memory from performing at the venue?
Great moment for me was back in May at Garage Splash when all four arenas were completely roadblock. The atmosphere was electric and it was such a joy to see people raving to all the types of music I grew up listening to under one roof.
Growing up, what music would you listen to, and what artists do you take influence from when producing your own music?
I grew up in the late 80s early 90s and I listened to the radio a lot. Kiss FM was the soundtrack to my youth. You could hear anything from Jungle, House, Hip Hop and Reggae throughout day time radio. Reggae music had a huge influence on me in particular producers like Steely & Cleevie and King Jammys and artists like Garnet Silk, Capleton and Ninjaman. I was also listening to a lot of Jungle and I was drawn to the reggae influenced style of producers like DJ Hype, Shy FX and Congo Natty.
Are there any particular clubnights you attended that stand out in memory?
Movement at Bar Rumba was a standout night for me as there was always a great selection of Jungle & DnB and Brixton Mass for Reggae nights.
How wide do your listening tastes go?
I have a pretty varied music taste and I like to keep my ears open to as many different genres.
If you had to choose one reggae artist (alive or dead) and one non reggae artist to work with who would they be?
For reggae artist I’d have to choose Chronixx as he is super talented and has a timeless quality to his music. Non reggae artist would be Goldie as he is a real master of the beats.
What can we look forward to from you for the remainder of the year?
Look out for my single “Friday” with Crate Classics and a Dancehall inspired jam with Trillary Banks. Also lots of festivals in the summer and more parties at Lightbox!
Looking forward to Friday night, what can the Lightbox crowd expect from your set?
You can expect exclusive dubplates and plenty vibes!