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Danny Rampling is a British House Music DJ and is widely credited as one of the original founders of the UK's rave/club scene . His long career began in the early 1980s playing hip-hop, soul and funk around numerous bars and clubs in London. During a holiday in Ibizamarker in 1987, Rampling, along with fellow DJs Paul Oakenfold and Nicky Holloway, attended Amnesiamarker, a then open air nightclub in San Rafaelmarker. At the club the group were introduced to the unique eclectic style of DJ Alfredo, playing, among other genres, the new house music that had been exported from the USA. The group also discovered the music's powerful combination with the drug Ecstasy,(MDMA) that reduced inhibitions and created a sense of oneness on the dance floor. Upon his return to England, Rampling, along with his then wife, Jenny, attempted to recreate the Ibizan experience by promoting what is regarded as the UK's first Balearic rave club, Shoom. Shoom ran for 3 years, starting out at a gym in Southwark, Londonmarker. It was a launching point for acid house culture , while contributing to worldwide dance culture.

In the following years Rampling continued his career in music as a DJ and producer , remixing many UK and international acts while forming a band, The Millionaire Hippies. In November 1994 he joined the BBC, presenting the "Lovegroove Dance Party" on Radio 1 until March 2002, making it the second longest running dance music show in radio after Pete Tong's "Essential Selection".

The mid 1990's also saw Rampling's DJing style diversify. While still playing House and Garage sets, Rampling also began to headline at harder, trancier parties, e.g. 'South', at The Zap Club, in Brighton. Rampling himself referred to his newer style as 'Euro', and at this time showcased new Euro tracks, during the final thirty minute weekly mix of his Radio 1 Show. Additionally, Rampling's Double CD Love Groove Dance Mix featured House and Garage on the first CD, and 'Euro' on the second.

In 2005 Rampling announced his retirement from DJing with the initial intention of running a restaurant, although he changed tack to focus on his property business and the 'low carbon economy'. In 2007 he returned to music and began making some on-off appearances at selected clubs. In 2008 he published a self-help e-book entitled "Everything you need to know about DJ'ing and success". He has since returned to regular DJing where his popularity remains strong.

Rampling is a keen eco-entrepreneur and has just completed building 10 Eco-friendly Carbon Reductiveâ„¢ houses in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastingsmarker, East Sussex. Along with business partner Simon Hinton they recently launched 'Green Town Revolution', a reward and offset system to encourage individuals and small businesses to offset their CO2 emissions. 'Carbon Neutral DJ' with Norman Jay MBE is GTR's first project, its purpose being to influence a positive response to climate change and personal CO2 offsetting, and a shift towards Carbon Neutrality.

References

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jul/25/careers-after-fame
  2. http://www.phoenixtrinity.co.uk/eco/green-town-revolution/
  3. http://www.carbonneutraldj.com Author's website



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