Interview: Raggadee & Steppin Razor

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What name do you DJ under?

Raggadee, Its taken from the film ‘HOW HIGH’. When they leave the house and the girl turns to Redman or Method Man and says about their car ” your shit’s more Raggadee than a motherfucker “. Also as my real name is Damon, people call me Dee..and I love Ragga ! The rest is history 😉

Steppin Razor, taken from the film ‘Rockers’ and moreso the Peter Tosh tracks : Stepping Razor ” you better watch my size, I’m dangerous “.   lol.

What kind of sounds can we expect in one of your DJ sets?

( For both of us ) Anything from ska,rocksteady,dub,steppers,roots reggae, dancehall and a little bit of early 90s Jungle.

How did you get started playing out ?

Raggadee : Originally i was a drum n bass Mc, through listening to Jungle i got into the samples in jungle which were from artists like Ninjaman, Cutty Ranks, Shabba Ranks etc..and started listening to the original tracks which led to me listening to more reggae and dancehall which in turn led to me wanting to play those original tracks out and more as I got into it more.

Steppin Razor :  I was originally into Roots Reggae and Dub/Steppers and started buying records to listen to at home, and as I got older I was really into Jungle and knew some of the origins of the samples..Dj Crusty saw me buying some records one time and spoke to me in Freedom Fields park and asked if I wanted to play out..if so then to do him a tape..I did and have been djing out eversince, and through meeting Raggadee after a rave we got on realised he loved jungle and reggae and so did I so we eventually joined forces.

What nights/venues have you played over the years? 

Plymouth:  not to be boring but to be honest,most of them.Voodoo Lounge, White Rabbit, The Hub, Bang Bang..nuff said
Bristol: Lakota, Blue Mountain, The Attic Bar, Star and Garter.
Exeter: Reform, Phoenix.
London: Turntables.


Who are some of the ‘big name’ DJ’s that you have warmed up for or played with over the years?

VC , Trevor Sax , Charlie Sloth, Gypsy Unit , Lee Scratch Perry , Lion D , Raphael , RSD ROB SMITH , Demolition Man , Blackout JA , Daddy Freddy , D BO General ,Aswad , Iration Steppas , Young Lion,Bad Manners, Gappy Ranks,Don Letts, Aries , Jacky Murda , Lionpulse Sound , King Yoof .. to name a few..and nuff DnB names . too many to mention.

Where are you currently playing? :

Both of us are regularly playing at the locations previously mentioned, and for promotions such as:

Plymouth, Amazon (bang bang ) every tuesday ( reggae/dancehall/dnb & jungle ..alongside Camson)
Bassfunk ..Everywhere .
Exeter, Rinseit/Rinseout .. ( big up Mr Nice )
Bristol, Reel n  Propah Ruff n Tuff  ( big up Ramboy Selecta and Family ), United Sounds ( big up Sweetpea and family )
London, Rompas Reggae Shack

Also various festivals and other small promotions

Three tunes that have influenced the direction of your sets over the years?

Raggadee

1 :Phyliss Dillon / Dont Stay Away
for completely locking down my love of ska and rocksteady

2: Simpleton / Coca Cola Shape
Hearing Simpletons Coca Cola Shape after hearing the jungle version ( I love Ragga !)

3: Otis Redding / Sitting on the dock of the bay
cos its simply a banger.


Steppin Razor

1: Peter ToshSteppin Razor
Quality deliverance on his tracks and varied and not afraid to mix it up,, using rock guitar and getting spiritual but tuff on his tracks.

2: Jah Shaka /Very Very  Good Dub
some of his chapter of dub releases were the first dub vinyls i bought and his track Very Very Good Dub lives up to its name.

3: SL2 / On a ragga tip
wicked sample and massive tune to this day..also love anything by Congo Natty too !

Big up Mr Parker for the interview, big up all promoters big or small,little or large ( get ya money out ..lol ) that have had us play for them, quick big up to the reggae family : Konquerin Soundz, Rootsoup , Satta , Ramboy Selecta… check out the full Rankin Vibes crew coming soon ~ Raggadee n Steppin Razor ,, Mc General Gapps and vocalist Kalli . and our good friend and top bloke and Dnb/ Jungle DJ : Koatsy.

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