Friday 23rd May 2014
It's impossible to argue with David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan's musical tastes. A youth defined by the discovery of reggae and ska gave way to a career obsessively persuing these vibrations and pumping them out to ever-expanding crowds the world over, while never letting a high-profile radio career slip. Safe to say, he has been an intrinsic part of roots music over the last 30 years. But never one to sleep, he has always hungrily hunted down the new sounds deriving from the bass-heavy sounds he holds so dear, as anyone who has seen one of his electrifying DJ sets will know. This variety and the unadulterated love of the low-frequencies finds its way into the travelling, shape-shifting Ram Jam night, which will be taking the main stage by storm for a spell. Check the lineup here...
The man himself will be bringing his trademark reggae-and-beyond DJ set, which is frankly essential viewing. Forget Mick Jagger, this is what a man with a bus pass and the energy of an excited puppy looks like.
Hailing from the Bronx before relocating to Virginia, Pusha T is hip-hop royalty. He spent the 90s operating as one half of hip-hop duo Clipse, before founding Re-Up Records. Now signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music imprint, there is just no stopping King Push.
Ever since 'Original Nuttah' bulldozed its way into the public's consciousness in mid 1994, Shy FX has been immovable from the pinnacle of the d&b game. Cutting his teeth on the decks at 90s warehouse parties, he is now to be found playing out infectious jungle-influenced d&b sets almost every night of the year.
Completing the Ram Jam takeover's quartet of legends is the biggest name in garage. Tottenham's golden boy was there at the beginning and he's still there now, bringing his irresistible sets to the masses from behind the decks and over the radio waves.
For the full Detonate Festival lineup, click HERE