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RPM: Mr. Redley

Mr. Redley is a DJ, broadcaster, music curator and event manager from North London. He is a purveyor of Black Electronic music, with both his radio shows and his DJ sets melding the eclectic rhythms of the UK’s electronic dance scene with the deep and soulful history of America’s House and industrial Techno movements

In the past he has held monthly radio shows on both Reprezent Radio and Kindred Radio and has now moved over to London’s number 1 underground Dance music radio station Rinse FM.

Outside of DJing, Louis previously worked as label supervisor and promoter for Funkineven/Steven Julien’s Apron Records, running their parties across the capital, Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to this, he also worked as an assistant producer at BBC 6 Music with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mary Ann Hobbs and Tom Ravenscroft.

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Name one musical institution that changed your life musically, and why?

The Royal Academy of Music… when I was a toddler I started learning to read music at the little ‘meet-up’ at the Academy. When we all turned about 5 or 6 we were given instruments (I played the double bass) and this group turned into the pilot scheme for what is the Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music.”

You’ve been sent on a mission to outer space. You’re allowed to take one record… what is it?

“Quite simply put, it would be Harry Whittaker – Black Renaissance’. It’s by far my favourite jazz record. The double bass, piano, the spoken word. All of it. It just gives me goosebumps every time i put it on.”

Name a song to soundtrack the sunshine…

“There are so many, but I’ll go with: Scott Grooves – Movin On (Back to my Roots) ft. Seoulonnie.”

What was your most unexpected connection made through records?

“Charlie Dark. I’d heard of Charlie through the grapevine and met him by chance when we shot the live stream for ‘We Out Here: Online & On Air’ at the Beavertown brewery back in March last year. He was in the mix and I could hear the distinct warm bassline of Stephen Encinas’ ‘Disco Illusion’ coming into the mix. I asked him if it was the track and he excitedly replied “yes!”. We ended up chatting for a hot minute afterwards and exchanged numbers to catch up again. It’s funny how a track I was shown ten years ago when I was studying up in Manchester is helping make connections with one of the greats of the London DJ scene almost a decade later. Anyway, now I speak to Charlie on the regular and he’s always on the end of the phone to give me guidance or advice. A genuine legend of London he is!”

Name one friend who is an ultimate fiend for the wax…

“It would probably be my mate Pete aka Delonte Rivers. We’ve known each other for 20 years. I managed to get myself a pair of Technics when I was about 16/17 and Pete grabbed himself a couple years later. We’ve both been collecting for a minute but now Pete works for a vinyl production company and he’s always spending his weekends at vinyl fairs across the capital and beyond. A true friend for life, and one who also shares my love of wax!”

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