Ray Keith is one of the UK’s most respected names in jungle and drum and bass, regarded as the Godfather of D&B. Renowned for his bass-heavy yet soulful productions and seamless skills, this iconic DJ, producer and record label head has remained at the pinnacle of the scene since helping to pioneer the genre nearly two decades ago.
With eight studio albums, a catalogue of hugely important remixes, a successful radio show and countless worldwide tours under his belt, Ray shows no signs of slowing down. His label Dread Recordings celebrates 23 years in the game this year and will see the release of ‘20 years of Dread Recordings’. His highly anticipated Dub Dread 5 Sampler and bonus CD with over 20 artists, has just hit the streets to much acclaim.
Ray burst onto the scene in the early 90s as a DJ on the UK rave circuit. When his remix of Orbital’s ‘Chime’ dropped in 1992 he was immediately propelled into the limelight as one of the UK’s most celebrated producers.
With an abundance of remixes hitting the streets throughout jungle’s mid-90s golden era, Ray soon became known as the don of the rerub, with well over 100 jungle and drum and bass remixes released – including reworkings of Moby’s ‘Yes Yes’, Congo Natty’s ‘Police in Helicopter’ and Baby D’s ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ to name but a few.
Ray’s weekly radio show on Radar Radio, Blueprint, currently reaches audiences of around 25k – 30k a week, with guests having included the likes of Roni Size, Heartless Crew and Dizzee Rascal.
He also releases a monthly Dread radio podcast of upfront cutting edge jungle and drum and bass, and runs a regular Blueprint night in London. Catch him smashing up the dance with his band Renegade Live and on the Dread Recordings label DJ tours in 2017/2018.
Ray is currently working with Jungle Cakes on a compilation of over 50 tracks. He has an EP forthcoming on Deekline’s Jungle Cakes label, so watch out for some heavy bangers.
Ray Keith is performing as part of the Born on Road takeover