“Dego is one the most influential figures in music in this city and in this country,” says BBC Radio 1’s Benji B. “He has always been a forward-thinking force, a progressive and positive supporter of new music and has always created his own lane with his own sound.”
Absorbing a lifetime’s worth of soul, reggae and hip-hop growing up in North-West London, Dego was a sound system selector before he had left school and a pirate radio DJ not long after. Developing as a producer, his first releases were at the dawn of the 1990s as part of 4hero, dance music pioneers for whom jungle and drum n’ bass was their work’s exoskeleton, shooting off into techno and jazz. Their sound was freely infused with myriad musical influences and a wealth of renegade London spirit, supported along the way by all-star guests like Larry Mizell, Roy Ayers and Terry Callier. They turned out a slew of albums – among them 1994’s Parallel Universe, the Mercury Prize-nominated Two Pages in 1998 and 2001’s Creating Patterns – each one a thrilling statement of musicianship, a shade ahead of the pulse of modern British black music and a deft balance of the avant-garde and daring futurism.
At the start of the 2000s Dego, Phil Asher, IG Culture and a cast of other likeminded Londoners started Co-Op at the Velvet Rooms, a clubland home for a fresh new scene that was emerging. The sound of the club was maybe best captured in 4hero’s ‘Hold It Down’, a Dego-written minor hit. His 2000BLACK label, meanwhile, was gallantly carving out its own niche via a series of singles, albums and compilations, its output an uncompromising concoction of house, techno and soul, or just London boogie for short. Then his first solo album A Wha’ Him Deh Pon?, a storming, sprawling twenty-track opus, won across-the-board acclaim in 2011.
After a spell working in New York in the mid-2000s, Dego returned to his London roots and picked up where he left off. A reinvigorated 2000BLACK put out the Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks long player, an exemplary piece of teamwork with frequent collaborators Kaidi Tatham, Matt Lord and Akwasi Mensah. And in 2013 and 2014 Dego embarked on a string of hotly received 12” releases: a diverse three-tracker on Italian imprint Neroli; a one-two punch combo of EPs for Eglo and Brooklyn producer Falty DL’s Blueberry Records; and another deadly triple-header on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature.
Dego’s sound might be difficult to pin down – naturally morphing into something else when you think you’ve got it figured out – but what remains consistent is his vivid awareness of the wisdom in leaving genres out of the picture and letting the music itself do the dirty work.
2006 年 COLLAGE にて始動、2014 年から京都の老舗 Club Metro にて開催。” レア・グルー ヴ” といわれる過去の良質な楽曲や最新のクロスオーヴァー・ミュージックを中心とした楽曲を同 軸線上にとらえ選曲、良質な音楽・空間を発信し続けている。全国の著名 DJ,LIVE や BEBOP Dancer らを招待し、また国際写真展とのコラボレーション等その活動の幅を広げ続けている。
In 2006, he starts his activities at Collage. Since 2014, he has been holding his concerts at Club Metro, a long-standing club in Kyoto. Selecting his tunes while regarding previous high-quality tunes called “rare groove” and pieces centering on the latest crossover music all on the same coaxial lines, he has been disseminating refined music and atmosphere. Inviting prominent disc jockeys and live and bebop dancers from throughout the country and collaborating with international photo exhibitions, he has kept expanding his range of activities.
DJ / Architecture Designer。2003年に活動開始以降、新譜・旧譜問わずJAZZを軸とした選曲を得意とし、京都を代表するJAZZ / CROSSOVERイベント”Do it JAZZ!”を中心に様々なイベントを手掛ける。デジタルに傾倒していくシーンに一石を投じるべく、BLACK MUSICをルーツに持つバンド・DJを集めて”日曜日の夕方から濃い生音を”というコンセプトのもと行われた”FREE YOUR MIND (METRO京都)”のプロデュースや、LIVE, ART,FOOD,DJの複合的要素を含む大阪を代表するJAZZ系イベント”BOSSANOVA underground (NOON+Cafe)を通してLIVEアーティストからの信頼も厚く、選曲の幅を生かしカフェ、ラウンジ等のサウンドサポートも行う等、京都・大阪・東京を中心に活躍中。昨年は沖野修也がプロデュースする渋谷”THE ROOM”にて行われた”新生音JAZZ”にてレジデンツ沖野修也・松浦俊夫に続きDJとして抜擢、ヨーロッパシーンで活躍するHUGO LX、Aroop Royそして新世代バンドWONKを招待、Degoやfloating pointのサポートを務めた。 Gilles Petersonがスタートしたオンライン・ラジオステーション”Worldwide FM”の 京都サテライト”WW KYOTO”のDJ。
Started to perform as DJ/ Architecture Designer excelled mainly at selecting both old and new JAZZ music since 2003 and held various representative events of Kyoto like a CROSSOVER event, “Do it JAZZ!”. To stop the changing trend of music from analog to digital, he/she gathered bands and DJs with the background of BLACK MUSIC and produced “FREE YOUR MIND (METRO Kyoto)” based on the concept of “delivering rich live music from the afternoon on Sunday”. He/She is also deeply trusted by LIVE performing artists through Osaka’s representative JAZZ-related event “BOSSANOVA underground (NOON+Cafe)” that includes multiple elements such as LIVE, ART, FOOD and DJ. Besides, he/she supports cafes and lounges,making the most of his/her wide selection of music and mainly work in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.