More Rapattack history

Rapattack was formed at a time when London nightclubs were not catering for the funky music lover and potential club-goer, in terms of music policy, dress code, atmosphere and opening hours etc. with most clubs playing British chart music and closing between 12 and 2.00a.m.

Apart from being credited for introducing all night parties (which usually continued on until the following afternoon), Rapattack were instrumental in unleashing ‘Turbo sound’ and ‘JBL’ P.A. Sound System technology to London’s unsuspecting club culture, a move which revolutionised the amateur sound system world, and saw a move from home made to professionally built loudspeaker bins and amplifiers. Before the late 1980s most British clubs overlooked the necessity and did not even possess a pair of the DJ friendly and industry standard Technics 1200 turntables. Back then these were deemed unnecessary in UK clubs because mixing (and scratching) was predominantly a New York thing derived from hip-hop culture. Rapattack dramatically changed all this and exposed the art of mixing to thousands/multitudes of people, inspiring and kick-starting the development of today's top DJ careers and influencing many clubs of the day (e.g. The WAG) to upgrade in terms of DJ and sound equipment.

Rapattack were the first to break the status quo in very innovative and entertaining ways. The amazing (previously unheard of) quality of sound produced by their sound-system, having a natural ability to present and either blend together or specialise in one of a variety of underground musical fields/styles have made Rapattack unique.

The Rapattack Sound systems talent was and remains phenomenal. Rapattack are proud to boast the vocal training and development of artistes such as the Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Betty Boo and more recently Melanie Blatt from All Saints and Jamelia going on to achieve international fame. The original oldskool Rapattack Sound-system as a travelling roadshow consisted of singers, dancers, beat boxers (human drum machines), male and female rappers and obviously the DJs who were taught their trade by the DJ Master MC. Playing quality music has always been one of Rapattack’s strengths. It’s no wonder that Record company scouts, spies and people with insight, such as Morgan Khan’s ‘Streetwave’ label made a shrewd killing by licensing and reissuing many of the popular, but rare tracks that became Rapattack anthems (i.e. Carl Anderson - Buttercup, Cheryl Lynn - To be real, Maceo and the Macks - Cross the tracks).

If you’re reading this for the first time don't let the name Rapattack confuse or deceive you into thinking or believing that this is a rap-music based outfit. This certainly is not the case. 1988 saw an explosion into a new Acid-House SCENE and today House and Garage music has become a natural and integral part of the UK’s R'n'B club culture. A sudden rise in the popularity of UK Garage and House music during the mid 1990s also found Rapattack producing music and installing their sound system for what was at the time described as a "sexy weekend" residency at Londons 'Gass Club' in Piccadilly".

Alongside the likes of Matt Jam Lamont (Tuff-Jam), DJ Micky Simms, and the Dreem Teem, Rapattack is highly regarded as one of the founder members of the U.K. House and Garage scene and continues to be associated with London’s ‘Twice as Nice’ and ‘Back to 95’ promotions. Well known and respected by most top Radio/Club DJs and held in high esteem by the likes of Trevor Nelson and the general ‘club-going’ public of today and yesteryear, Master MC’s ability to specialise in a variety of musical fields is unsurpassed. Whether it be Jazz-Funk, Soul, R/B, Garage or simply Rapattack’s good old ‘Party Style’ (a surprise cross section of musical tastes) it is often said that “Nobody does it better”. With a personal and ever increasing collection library of over 60,000 vinyl records, have no doubts about this DJs thorough and extensive knowledge as well as his passion for Soul and Dance music.

His expertise has often been called upon to supply research information and archive material for BBC & Channel 4 music based historic documentaries relating to British Club culture. He has also recently completed a Masters degree earning a distinction (in Youth and Community Work) at Brunel University where his academic papers and research were mostly based around issues surrounding 'Caribbean and ethnic minority culture in the UK'.

More recently Rapattack have been hosting community DJ workshop projects for London’s Hammersmith and Fulham borough at the famous Riverside Studio and are involved in music production having their own recording studio and a number of writer/producers, who together with their celebrity friends provide a showcase at London’s Notting Hill Carnival every year.

Rapattack have become a legend throughout the music industry, known world-wide by international soul artistes and musicians alike. Experience gained by years of radio presenting on community radio stations have been rewarded with guest slots on BBC London as well as mastermixing live for BBC 1Xtra urban music shows.

Bottom line is- Rapattack are popular, professional and well organised-
a fact recognised by brands and corporate sponsors who choose to use opportunities for exposure by association with Rapattack at major events.

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