Uncle Dugs is some what of a “Peoples Champion” in Drum & Bass. An Unabashed lover of all things “old school” his Jungle show started on Rinse FM three years ago and quickly became one of the most popular shows on the trailblazing London station. His passion for and knowledge of all aspects of Jungle culture and history from Acid House and Rave, through to Hardcore and Jungle is backed up week in week out by his unrivalled record collection. The funny part about it is that as Rinse is know for always setting musical trends and showcasing the next evolution of British Bass Music, (aka The Hardcore Continuum) Rinse FM’s founders always maintain a commitment to the sound that initially captivated and inspired them to set up the pirate turned legit station in the first place, Jungle. A Sound that while constantly progressing for twenty years and spawning countless artist’s who went on to create their own offshoot genre’s has remained consistently out of favour with the rest of the greater electronic music world and press, until it seems recently. Jungle seems to be seeing a quite resurgence and almost trendy return among London’s ultra hip dance music connoisseur. Thanks in part to Rinse’s commitment to its roots, and former station manager turned in demand DJ/personality Uncle Dug’s Friday afternoon slot.
Dug’s has had an open door policy on his show since it’s inception interviewing virtually all of Jungle’s key pioneers with in depth and informative features that have become a badge of honour to have received. So when the call was placed for Toronto Icon and Jungle Godfather Marcus Visionary to appear on the show last week as the very first international guest, specifically to talk about his long career and to document Toronto’s rich history with in the genre, it was an affirmation of sorts not just for Marcus himself but for the entire long standing Jungle/ D&B contingent in this city. Here is the hour long interview covering a wide range of Toronto’s Rave and Electronic history and some of the key figures who helped shape it, as told by one of the most important figures in underground dance music in North America.