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RPM: Larry Sun

Larry Sun is a collector / DJ and radio station manager based in South London with a flavour for all kinds of music from Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Disco to UK Garage, House and in between.

He spends his days running the studio and his nights playing various gigs around the capital and further afield.

His love of studying musical lineage sees him joining the dots between genres with super smooth blends and quick cuts, always aiming for appropriate transitions depending on the styles he plays.

In previous years Larry has been one of the driving forces as a promoter behind Total Garage & Groove Control, two events celebrating UK Garage & Bass music in both Manchester & London.

Over the years, the events hosting some of the scenes most revered acts including @scottgarcia, Sweet Female Attitude (@leannesweetfa), @oxideneutrino , @norrisdabosswindross , @keleleroc, Pied Piper, @sholaama@theartfuldodgerdj & more.

Further to his foray into representing UK Garage/Bass culture he ran South London Disco contingent Boogie Nights with partner Ed Word.

Each week we will be taking a dip into the crates and minds of some of the digging scenes most prolific collectors.

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What are your first memories of  collecting records? 

“Dub Vendor in Clapham Junction where I grew up. A DJ called Bruce Wayne was working there and was trying to push them to stock more UK Hip Hop but I don’t think that worked out as I was the only person picking up those releases.”

Name one institution that  changed your life musically

“Fabric. From the club to the mix CDs, it all had a big impact. We were under age when it opened, but it was much easier to get into clubs with fake ID’s or just being bold in those days. Sometimes we would be there every Friday of the month. On the dance floor until the lights came up at the end of the night.”

Favourite Labels of all time?  

“Really like a lot of the soul coming out on Big Crown. Time is Now is killing it for the new wave of UKG producers. Locked On obviously for the original wave of UKG talent. Tru Thoughts for all the wonderful variety of stuff they put out. And Co-Op for all the fresh broken-beat coming from their Selectors Assemble collective.”

7 inches, 10 inches, or 12 inches?

“Generally 12’s but I’ve got a rapidly growing selection of 7’s.”

Who are your biggest musical influences?

“For DJing it’s got to be- John Peel, Norman Jay, Jazzy Jeff, EZ, and Andy C. There’s loads more but these guys had a big impact on me growing up getting into music and mixing.”

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