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01Ram Records20120910

MistaJam takes a trip to Ram Records HQ to dig through the vaults with Andy C.

20 years ago DnB was an underground world of illegal warehouse raves, pirate radio stations and cassette pack mix tapes. Now, thanks to household names like Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Sub Focus, it's topping the charts and selling out shows worldwide.

And where did these guys all start out? On Ram Records, the label run by the multiple award winning and globally recognised king of DnB, Andy C.

Mistajam takes a trip to Hornchurch, Essex, the home of Ram HQ, to dig deep into the vaults with label bosses Andy and Scott Bourne (aka Red One).

With new interviews from Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Sub Focus, Mistajam looks back at the legendary label's pivotal releases from underground Valley Of The Shadows, to the first breakthrough DnB track - Bodyrock, right up to Chase & Status' debut album - More Than Alot.

Fresh talks about having Andy as a mentor, even for his most recent track - The Feeling; Chase & Status and Sub Focus both agree on the importance of having a release on RAM; and Delta Heavy explains how Andy has inspired the whole scene's style of mixing DnB.

Other contributors include DC Breaks, Wilkinson, Loadstar, Rene LaVice, Ant Miles, Shimon, Skream & Benga, Annie Mac, Toddla, Fabio and Friction.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

01Ram Records20120910

MistaJam takes a trip to Ram Records HQ to dig through the vaults with Andy C.

20 years ago DnB was an underground world of illegal warehouse raves, pirate radio stations and cassette pack mix tapes. Now, thanks to household names like Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Sub Focus, it's topping the charts and selling out shows worldwide.

And where did these guys all start out? On Ram Records, the label run by the multiple award winning and globally recognised king of DnB, Andy C.

Mistajam takes a trip to Hornchurch, Essex, the home of Ram HQ, to dig deep into the vaults with label bosses Andy and Scott Bourne (aka Red One).

With new interviews from Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Sub Focus, Mistajam looks back at the legendary label's pivotal releases from underground Valley Of The Shadows, to the first breakthrough DnB track - Bodyrock, right up to Chase & Status' debut album - More Than Alot.

Fresh talks about having Andy as a mentor, even for his most recent track - The Feeling; Chase & Status and Sub Focus both agree on the importance of having a release on RAM; and Delta Heavy explains how Andy has inspired the whole scene's style of mixing DnB.

Other contributors include DC Breaks, Wilkinson, Loadstar, Rene LaVice, Ant Miles, Shimon, Skream & Benga, Annie Mac, Toddla, Fabio and Friction.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

02Ed Banger Records20120917

Join Annie Mac on a journey through the story of Ed Banger Records to meet the characters that make up the family led by Daft Punk's former manager, the charismatic Busy P.

Through the eyes of early signings Cassius and Krazy Baldhead, through to the most famous leather jacketed geeks in electronic music, Justice, everyone has their story to tell about the most epic boat party, the stupidest fashion trend, or how they got signed. Including anecdotes from friends of the label Erol Alkan, A-Trak and Sebastien Tellier.

House legend Todd Terry and a host of artists and radio DJs from both sides of the channel remember the unrivaled success of Justice's remix of Simian's 'We Are Your Friends'. While Uffie spits beats over radio favourite 'Pop the Glock', former boyfriend and label mate the hip hop influenced Feadz has other ideas about her fashion sense.

A year after the passing of Ed Banger's much-missed DJ Mehdi, his Carte Blanche DJ partner Riton remembers Mehdi's legendary dancing and everyone has a fond memory of the universally-loved DJ.

Busy P reveals how the label's villain SebastiAn nearly didn't get signed and how the aloof Mr Oizo, of 'Flat Beat' fame, is a huge asset to the label, yet both can be difficult so-and-sos to work with.

We hear from the man behind the image of the whole label, the artist whose work forced the great Kanye West to apologise, Ed Banger's own Art Director, the quietly spoken So-Me.

Annie also hears from Mickey Moonlight, Boys Noize, promoters and clubbers about how the label not only puts on the best parties, but also came to change the face of electronic music.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

02Ed Banger Records20120917

Join Annie Mac on a journey through the story of Ed Banger Records to meet the characters that make up the family led by Daft Punk's former manager, the charismatic Busy P.

Through the eyes of early signings Cassius and Krazy Baldhead, through to the most famous leather jacketed geeks in electronic music, Justice, everyone has their story to tell about the most epic boat party, the stupidest fashion trend, or how they got signed. Including anecdotes from friends of the label Erol Alkan, A-Trak and Sebastien Tellier.

House legend Todd Terry and a host of artists and radio DJs from both sides of the channel remember the unrivaled success of Justice's remix of Simian's 'We Are Your Friends'. While Uffie spits beats over radio favourite 'Pop the Glock', former boyfriend and label mate the hip hop influenced Feadz has other ideas about her fashion sense.

A year after the passing of Ed Banger's much-missed DJ Mehdi, his Carte Blanche DJ partner Riton remembers Mehdi's legendary dancing and everyone has a fond memory of the universally-loved DJ.

Busy P reveals how the label's villain SebastiAn nearly didn't get signed and how the aloof Mr Oizo, of 'Flat Beat' fame, is a huge asset to the label, yet both can be difficult so-and-sos to work with.

We hear from the man behind the image of the whole label, the artist whose work forced the great Kanye West to apologise, Ed Banger's own Art Director, the quietly spoken So-Me.

Annie also hears from Mickey Moonlight, Boys Noize, promoters and clubbers about how the label not only puts on the best parties, but also came to change the face of electronic music.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

03Xl Recordings20120924

XL Recording is the label that launched the Prodigy and is now home to Adele!

At a time when other labels are struggling to get or maintain a foothold in an ever changing musical landscape, XL sold in excess of 10 million albums last year and manages to strike the perfect balance between achieving the success of a major label, while still enjoying the kudos of an indie.

Radio 1's Nihal heads to a small mews in London to meet the boss and owner of XL Recordings, Richard Russell and goes Behind the Label to hear the story of XL. Richard sits Nihal down in the studio where The xx recorded their Mercury Prize winning debut album and they discuss the story of one of the most important labels in British musical history from the beginning.

With contributions from one of XL's founders, Nick Halkes, we hear about the emergence of XL in the late 80s when it was established to celebrate what was going on in underground music at the time. Eamon Downes, who as Liquid produced one of XL's earliest hits - Sweet Harmony, describes what it was like to work with the label in those early days; while Felix and Simon from Basement Jaxx share their memories of being picked up by XL - and why they feel that the label is still such a force to be reckoned with today.

Back in the XL studio, Richard Russell tells Nihal about his passion for music from a young age and how his career with XL began when he approached the burgeoning label over twenty years ago. "I took them a track that I'd made, I thought I was going to get signed..." he remembers, "...but I don't think I ever really left." Nick Halkes recounts the story of signing the Prodigy and there's an archive interview from Keith Flint and Liam Howlett recounting those early days.

We also hear about the Mercury Prize winning artist Dizzee Rascal, whom Richard Russell talks about hearing for the first time: "There's always a few artists who are doing something which is really original. Dizzee is a massive example of that. When I heard the white label of 'I Luv You,' I thought 'Thank You' - someone needed to do this!" Dizzee himself is still stunned by the impact of that first album: "It just amazes me how many people this album touched" he says "..even people who had nothing to do with it."

The story of XL Recordings takes in The White Stripes: "The White Stripes was something the music business saw straight away..." recalls Richard, "...the more I got to know him and what he did, I realised he can do absolutely everything." We hear from Jack White himself about the impact of XL in the US market and how the label has helped him to flourish as an artist.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

03Xl Recordings20120924

XL Recording is the label that launched the Prodigy and is now home to Adele!

At a time when other labels are struggling to get or maintain a foothold in an ever changing musical landscape, XL sold in excess of 10 million albums last year and manages to strike the perfect balance between achieving the success of a major label, while still enjoying the kudos of an indie.

Radio 1's Nihal heads to a small mews in London to meet the boss and owner of XL Recordings, Richard Russell and goes Behind the Label to hear the story of XL. Richard sits Nihal down in the studio where The xx recorded their Mercury Prize winning debut album and they discuss the story of one of the most important labels in British musical history from the beginning.

With contributions from one of XL's founders, Nick Halkes, we hear about the emergence of XL in the late 80s when it was established to celebrate what was going on in underground music at the time. Eamon Downes, who as Liquid produced one of XL's earliest hits - Sweet Harmony, describes what it was like to work with the label in those early days; while Felix and Simon from Basement Jaxx share their memories of being picked up by XL - and why they feel that the label is still such a force to be reckoned with today.

Back in the XL studio, Richard Russell tells Nihal about his passion for music from a young age and how his career with XL began when he approached the burgeoning label over twenty years ago. "I took them a track that I'd made, I thought I was going to get signed..." he remembers, "...but I don't think I ever really left." Nick Halkes recounts the story of signing the Prodigy and there's an archive interview from Keith Flint and Liam Howlett recounting those early days.

We also hear about the Mercury Prize winning artist Dizzee Rascal, whom Richard Russell talks about hearing for the first time: "There's always a few artists who are doing something which is really original. Dizzee is a massive example of that. When I heard the white label of 'I Luv You,' I thought 'Thank You' - someone needed to do this!" Dizzee himself is still stunned by the impact of that first album: "It just amazes me how many people this album touched" he says "..even people who had nothing to do with it."

The story of XL Recordings takes in The White Stripes: "The White Stripes was something the music business saw straight away..." recalls Richard, "...the more I got to know him and what he did, I realised he can do absolutely everything." We hear from Jack White himself about the impact of XL in the US market and how the label has helped him to flourish as an artist.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

04 LASTDomino Record20121001

In the final part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series, we look at how Domino Records has managed to survive and beat the big labels to some of the best bands of the last decade, including Arctic Monkeys, Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand.

Zane Lowe investigate some of their key releases, looks at their significance and hears from some of the artists themselves like Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Wild Beasts amongst others. He delves into the Domino offices in South West London and we hear from the people who work there like Laurence Bell, who started it all nearly two decades ago and Kurt Lane, who heads up the digital department.

The history of the label is told from it's beginnings in a bedroom in Putney, to the present day. We find out how Domino discover artists and why they do things like setting up their own radio station.

The lead singer of Hot Chip tells us about his time working at Domino - sending out the CDs to fans and writing press releases, years before signing to the label; Eugene McGuinness recalls the first time he'd ever heard of Domino was whist he was on the phone to them; and we chart how and why the label signed Pavement, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, looking at their impact and the wider significance.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.

04 LASTDomino Record20121001

In the final part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series, we look at how Domino Records has managed to survive and beat the big labels to some of the best bands of the last decade, including Arctic Monkeys, Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand.

Zane Lowe investigate some of their key releases, looks at their significance and hears from some of the artists themselves like Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Wild Beasts amongst others. He delves into the Domino offices in South West London and we hear from the people who work there like Laurence Bell, who started it all nearly two decades ago and Kurt Lane, who heads up the digital department.

The history of the label is told from it's beginnings in a bedroom in Putney, to the present day. We find out how Domino discover artists and why they do things like setting up their own radio station.

The lead singer of Hot Chip tells us about his time working at Domino - sending out the CDs to fans and writing press releases, years before signing to the label; Eugene McGuinness recalls the first time he'd ever heard of Domino was whist he was on the phone to them; and we chart how and why the label signed Pavement, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, looking at their impact and the wider significance.

This is part of Radio 1's Behind the Label series and, together with the other episodes in the series, will be available to listen to until 9.00pm on Monday 8 October.