Acid house pioneer Danny Rampling is to spin a special one-off set at Ministry Of Sounds 15th birthday celebrations next month, just nine months after he formally retired from DJing with a series of worldwide farewell gigs.
The Shoom founder and key UK house figure became the first superstar DJ to retire when he held his final farewell party at Turnmills last New Years Eve, telling Skrufff at the time he was quitting to build a new career as a restauranteur.
In terms of thinking about it, Ive made the right decision and Im happy with the way things are turning out. I havent woken up in the night in a cold sweat thinking What have I done? said Danny.
I cant see myself ever doing a comeback tour, its not my style. Ive made this decision to quit for a perfectly good reason. It is a huge sacrifice to move into this new direction and focus on it and make a success of it, he added.
Im making the most of this year, every minute of it and Ive got some fantastic gigs lined up; really cool gigs. But never say never, yes.
Rampling will be playing a special retrospective set at the September 9 event, suggesting hes also changed his mind about spinning oldies since releasing his triple CD retro album in December last year. Speaking to Skrufff in 2002 he stressed he was vehemently opposed to trying to recreate Shroom, declaring Id never be able to recreate the magic that was in that room.
Im not one for reunions or retro nights either, he added, It was a magical time and there was a connection between a large number of like minded individuals that made that energy work. It wasnt about one person. There was a whole collection of thoughts and energy that were going around at the time that made it a very remarkable period. Its best left to history, Id never try to recreate it, said Danny.
I just have very strong, wonderful memories of it that Ill take to my grave.
http://www.ministryofsound.com (Danny will be joined by Jazzy M, CJ Mackintosh and loads more house jocks, on Saturday September 9.)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)