Danny Rampling’s name is synonymous with dance music, from pioneering and been an integral part of dance culture, to a successful radio and producing career to constant DJ appearances at top nights around the globe, Danny Rampling is not a name we can easily forget.
It all started off at the very tender age nine, when Danny realised his music inclination and started his first record collection. He left school early to follow what he was so passionate about, his music. After various halfhearted attempts at careers, it was always the music he went back to.
He started off carrying record boxes and playing hip hop, funk and soul at bars and clubs around London, often helping out old timer Nicky Holloway, with his nights. Then in 1986 a group of the then young DJs, Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway and Danny visited Ibiza and discovered the intoxicating Balearic sound of the sunny Spanish island. Spiritually inspired by this music, Danny decided to bring it back to the UK. Little did he realise what he and a handful of others were about to begin, over a decade of global dance culture, which is showing no signs of quietening.
It was in 1987 that he opened the doors to his club Shoom back in his hometown London, where he played this new sound and started the innovative lifestyle that was to follow. Shoom was soon elevated to myth status, as were most of Danny’s ventures. From breaking acid house at Shoom he then lead the way, other clubs following suit, to a more glamorous night. He opened Pure Sexy, a club notoriously remembered for its stringent door policies where only the fabulously fashionable and beautiful could enter.
Besides playing in the clubs, Danny was nurturing and planting the seed for growth of dance music to a much wider audience through the FM airwaves at Kiss. It was through spinning alongside Kiss FM founder Gordon Mac, that Danny discovered a niche for his personal style and started up a weekly residency at the station. Danny is still making waves, more recently with his Lovegroove Dance Party show, every Saturday from 7pm to 9pm on Radio 1 which he joined in 1994. His show is reflective of the long journey he’s travelled and he describes the deep vocal house and garage sound that he is presently known for, is a return to the source. It is a more relaxed and mature Danny playing a style he feels comfortable with after a long journey of constant transformation.
Danny has mixed many successful albums, including a series of Love Groove Dance Party, along with a Decade of Dance, and more recently his UK/USA series on React with New York legend David Morales. Danny is a DJ who has resided at the top of the very dance movement he helped pioneer and transform himself. He has also had a chart hit with his track I am the music, hear me in 1993.
Danny loves what he does. Musically he is a perfectionist always putting in a huge amount of energy and care. He says the music is in extension of his character and personality, an extension of his spirit that goes out to the people when he plays and is so inherent in the elevated vibe on the dance floor during one of Danny’s sets.
Danny has recently taken on 2 monthly residencies in the UK, which have been nothing short of fantastic. The first Saturday of the month is London Calling @ Turnmills in London, where Danny plays host to various guests from across the world. The last Saturday of the month is at Bed in Sheffield, which is growing to be one of the top nights in the north of England.