Red Bull Music Academy presents DEGO (UK / 2000Black)
“Dego is one the most influential figures in music in this city (London) and in this country (UK)” BBC Radio 1’s Benji B.
Back once again for their monthly Club Night series, Red Bull Music Academy have requested the attendance of 4hero founding member and 2000BLACK label head dego, who will treat Australian ears to his broken beat talents for the September edition. A visit to Australian shores will see the genre-creating / defying dance music innovator hit five capital cities – Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne - throughout the month.
Absorbing a lifetime’s worth of soul, reggae and hip-hop growing up in North-West London, dego was a sound system selector before he had left school and a pirate radio DJ not long after. Developing as a producer, his first releases were at the dawn of the 1990s as part of 4hero, dance music pioneers for whom jungle and drum n’ bass was their work’s exoskeleton, shooting off into techno and jazz. The collective turned out a slew of albums – among them 1994’s Parallel Universe, the Mercury Prize-nominated Two Pages in 1998 and 2001’s Creating Patterns - each one a thrilling statement of musicianship, a shade ahead of the pulse of modern British black music.