Roni Size is one of the few artists who took on the challenge (and succeeded) of building a live show around the unforgiving genre that is drum’n’bass. A true veteran of the game, Roni’s rise to fame was propelled by the release of his ‘New Forms’ album in 1997. The album was a monumental boost for d’n’b and with it’s release it landed the genre straight on to the doorstep of music news channels globally and of course… it also made plenty of people sit up and pay attention to Roni Size.
Last year was just as big as any for Roni. It played host to a jam-packed touring schedule with headline and festival shows essentially on tap. To pick a few from the bunch, he featured at Ram Records’ NYE show at O2 Academy Brixton, BBC 6 Music festival, Love Saves the Day, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, EDC, Frequency, Creamfields – and plenty more. In 2017 we’ve already seen Roni play the 5th Annual Moonshine Music Festival, another Glastonbury, Soundwave Croatia and Sonnemondsterne.XXI.
To acknowledge the 20th anniversary of ‘New Forms’, the album will be re-released to include a deluxe 4CD/2LP reissue. The release also includes a ‘New Forms’ 20th anniversary live hardware mix assembled by Roni which features remixes and re-edits from drum’n’bass legends Grooverider, Source Direct, and Krust.
In celebration of ‘New Forms’, Roni has announced an epic eight-date NZ/AU tour. The show will include a ‘new A/V experience which promises a combined instrument and hardware show featuring state-of-the-art projection mapping in the form of a ‘light box’’.
Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him. From Bristol youthclub parties, through the white heat of rave and the founding moments of jungle and drum’n’bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arena and festival stages, he has at each stage created completely afresh – not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating.
20-years ago, The Mercury Prize win for his ‘New Forms’ album brought D’n’B to the forefront of dance-music news, making even the rest of the industry – where reactions had up until that point been bemused – sit up and pay attention. For several years thereafter Roni and team were on top of the world, succeeding as solo artists as well as a collective, maintaining underground credibility yet receiving Brit awards and even collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop.
2016 was a vintage year for Roni. Live shows included Ram Records’ NYE show at O2 Academy Brixton, a headline show at the BBC 6 Music festival and a summer festival season that began at Love Saves the Day with a curated Full Cycle Stage Takeover for Arcadia Afterburner and included Secret Garden Party, Evolution, Glastonbury, Blissfields, NASS, EDC, Dour, Boomtown, Frequency, Lowlands, Creamfields, SW4, Outlook, and many more. Roni relaunched Full Cycle Records with fellow co-founder, DJ Krust, with the releases drawing praise from The Wire, Dummy, UKF, Mista Jam, 6 Music, Gilles Peterson, Radio 1, 1Xtra, DJ Mag and beyond.
It is now in 2017, as we fully appreciate the legacy that Roni has created for drum’n’bass, that the next chapter begins. Roni has announced UK tour dates featuring his groundbreaking new audio visual live show, a combined live instrument and hardware show that features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping celebrating 20 years of New Forms. Roni will be taking this groundbreaking live show on the road as well as DJ’ing at the very best clubs and festivals throughout the globe… and watch out for some very special surprises along the way!
The man from Bristol shows no signs of letting up, as 2017 looks set to be one of his best yet.
Friday 27th October: Studio, Auckland
Saturday 28th October: Civic Underground, Sydney
Wednesday 1st November: San Fran, Wellington
Thursday 2nd November: Loco, Queenstown
Friday 3rd November: Winnies, Christchurch
Saturday 4th November: Villa Nightclub, Perth
Sunday 5th November: Friends of Ours, Tallarook
Monday 6th November: 170 Russell, Melbourne