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ROB DA BANK interview


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written by Jennifer Warner

Musical evangelists -- now most DJs would shy away from a description like that one, which brings to mind a rather extreme bunch of fanatical worshippers jumping around and praising the lord while wiping out your pockets. But BBC Radio One DJs Rob da Bank and Chris Coco... well for one thing, they're British, and I don't even know if they have real bible-thumping hairspray shellacked evangelists over there. Another is maybe their publicist dubbed them "musical evangelists" without them even knowing, but actually, if the daring freshness of their double disc compliation CD is any indication, I think they'd approve of anything that would make a jade reader - or listener - sit up and pay attention. Or, as the title commands:

LISTEN AGAIN. Celebrated and undiscovered reveleations burst forth from across the musical spectrum. Its fringe, leftfield, niche, acoustic, rock n roll and some exclusive live recordings from their BBC radio shows all rolled into one sensational sermon that has my jaded ears yelling out "halleliha!" as I clap my hands in joy! No seriously, this release is something different and inspiring -- I ask you to give it a listen and post your own comments about it the bottom of this page. But first, our little interview by email with Mr. Rob da Bank himself!

I have to tell you, it was with a jaded sigh that I put your CD in my player, and I was happily amazed and delighted by your musical selections! Where did you find the incredible range of other music you included?

Well, we both get sent an awful lot of records (I get about 300 cds a week plus vinyl!) and I pride myself on trying to track down things no-one else plays... most of the tracks on there are things we played on our Blue Room show on Radio 1.

What about the live recordings you include on your release?

These were sessions recorded for the show – each week we’d take a band or singer down to the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios where The beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who have all recorded and was John Peels second home... And they'd sing us 3 or so songs.

How did you and Chris meet?

We were both asked to pilot for the show, The Blue Room, and they couldn’t decide who they wanted to present it so we both got it! That’s when we met

Do you play the lottery?

Nope.

For those that don’t know, how would you describe what is Bestival?

its 3 days of magic, music, fun, fancy dress and lunacy in the sunniest place in the UK. Some people call it a mini Glastonbury.

Why did you choose the Isle Of Wight for its location?

I grew up near there and love the south coast. There are so many festivals in the uk now (over 200 music festivals) so you need to find somewhere unique which we have!

For those of our readers who never had a chance to hear any of your early Blue Room radio shows on the BBC, can they be heard online anywhere (if not can we convince you to post them on your websites?)

Sadly not, they have vansihed into the ether... but I have a new show on Sunday nights that stateside listeners can tune into on sirius... or listen again at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank

Speaking of websites, did you know your press release has no less than 10 website links for you all!!? Do you yourself read your messsages on myspace?

we love the web! Im trying to get to the 10,000 friends mark on myspace! I must admit someone reads my messages for me and then sends the relevant ones onto me...!

Anything else you’d like to let your fans reading this on Raves.com/DJfix.com know?

Well im looking at doing more djing in the states next year so watch out – here comes da bank!

Thank you Rob!!

Listen Again Tracklisting:
CD1: CHRIS COCO
1 Josh Rouse – “Oh, I Need All Of The Love”
2 Skewiff – “Man Of Constant Sorrow”
3 Acid Casuals – “Bowl Me Over”
4 Hard Fi – “Cash Machine (Roots Manuva Mix)”
5 Chris Coco – “Andy Warhol”
6 Prince Fatty – “Nina's Dance”
7 Arab Strap – “Speed Date (BBC Maida Vale Session)”
8 The Freelance Hellraiser – “Want You To Know”
9 Nightmares on Wax – “The Sweetest”
10 James Yorkston – “Shipwreckers (BBC Maida Vale Session)
11 Adem – “Something’s Going To Come”
12 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Details Of The War”
13 Patrick & Eugene – “Feeling Groovy”
CD2: ROB DA BANK
1) Hess Is More – “Yes Boss”
2) Uffie – “Pop The Glock”
3) Kitty, Daisy, Lewis – “Going Up The Country (BBC Maida Vale Session)”
4) Amadou & Mariam – “Realite”
5) Jose Gonzalez - “Crosses”
6) The Superimposers – “S'POSIN”
7) E Berg - “Love Your Bum”
8) Bobby Marie – “Rodeo”
9) Gogol Bordello - “Start Wearing Purple”
10) Richie Phoe – “Sinful”
11) Rainbow Family – “I Can See A Rainbow
12) King Creosote – “Nothing Compares To You (BBC Maida Vale Session)”



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