New BBC radio series explores the history of drums and bass


A new BBC radio series is set to air from next month, tracing the history of drums and bass, from grassroots to headline sound.

‘Turn It Up: A Short History of Drum & Bass’ is the latest in BBC Radio 1’s Stories podcast series and comprises eight 15-minute episodes featuring a host of legendary names and newcomers to the scene. The series is dubbed by DJ Flight.

Beginning in 1990, the series travels through the formative years and sound artists. Legendary DJ Storm talks about her and her late partner DJ Kemistry on the early years of the scene, and how they formed Metalheadz alongside Goldie. Later episodes explore topics such as the genre’s breakthrough into the charts in the mid-1990s, the emergence of liquid funk, Storm’s return to DJing after the tragic loss of Kemistry, DJ Fresh’s #1 d&b single , the birth of BBC 1Xtra, the rebirth of women at the top of the stage, Andy C headlining Wembley Stadium and more.

Chickaboo, Caliber, Fabio & Grooverider, Sub Focus, Doc Scott, Jenna G, High Contrast and others make appearances throughout the series, as does recent DJ Mag cover co-star Rupture’s Mantra. The school’s newest stars are also represented, with rising junglist Nia Archives and HOOVERSOUND and BEAUTIFUL’s SHERELLE also among those involved.

Listen to the Turn It Up Trailer here.

The first four episodes will air on BBC Radio 1 and then on BBC Sounds from August 8, where the second set will be available on August 22. Elsewhere on the BBC, Radio 4 is currently broadcasting ‘Techno: A Social History’, following the genre from its birth to becoming a global industry, hosted by Detroit DJ and producer Ash Lauryn.


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