Andy C & Culture Shock 25 Years of Ram Records
Hosted by MC Tonn Piper
Plus local support
Standing as one of the most resounding electronic music labels in history, Ram Records has finally hit its 25-year milestone. Established by Andy C and Ant Miles in 1992, the label has boldly placed itself on the forefront since its inception, acting as a foundation for the drum & bass genre and seeing through its development from the very beginning.
Once heralded as a platform for Andy C’s own productions, the imprint expanded massively, becoming a world-renowned hub for some of the biggest drum & bass artists to ever hit the scene. Alongside label-manager Scott Bourne, it’s gone from strength to strength, helping to pedestal house-hold names such as Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Wilkinson. From the charts to the radio airwaves, they’ve continued their crossover success. Receiving daytime airplay and top ten positions unceasingly over the last decade, the producers have enabled Ram’s influence to seep into every corner of dance music.
From the melting pot of the 90s, to its post-hardcore roots, Ram has watched the genre’s development whilst diversifying their roster accordingly. Always at the vanguard, it’s helped to orchestrate the major industry changes, continuing to be a tastemaker even today whilst their standards remain notoriously high. And since its first output, Ram’s discography has only expanded, also boasting underground heavyweights such as recent signees Ed Rush & Audio (Killbox). Their sister-label Program also platforms an eclectic mix of newcomers as well as more resounding names within the scene’s darker realms, still moving forward as another title-weight within its more alternative sectors.
Alongside support from BMG and current label manager Jim Gash, 2017 has seen Ram Records ascend to new heights. Whilst still appealing to their roots with new, no-holds barred cuts from Teddy Killerz and Calyx & TeeBee, they’ve also announced the recent signings of Camo & Krooked and drum & bass overlords Bad Company, who set cyberspace alight with their Prodigy remix of ‘The Day is My Enemy’. Camo & Krooked’s next studio LP is slated for summer 2017, titled ‘Mosaik’ and looking to be their most explosive release to date. On top of an album debut from DC Breaks and second album from Loadstar, this year is once again looking to reinstate Ram Records as a major player within the world of dance music.
Ram Records are taking their sound transatlantic this year too, with Bad Company, DC Breaks and Loadstar headlining a string of tour dates which will take them from coast to coast. However, with Ram providing London with the city’s biggest ever drum & bass showcase for the last two consecutive years at Clapham’s SW4 festival, as well as their New Year’s Eve party at O2 Brixton Academy, they’ve already created an incredible podium to showcase their music. And 2017 will be no different, featuring another European tour and festival stages internationally.
The 25th year of Ram’s history is looking to be its most memorable yet. Both musically and through their extensive touring, Ram’s versatile roster is still being pushed to new borders. Twenty-five years on and the record label is as strong as ever.