Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling
Birth name Daniel Rampling
Born (1961-07-15) 15 July 1961
Streatham, London, England[1]
Genres Balearic beat, house
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, club owner and record producer
Years active 1980–present
Labels Maverick
Website www.dannyrampling.com

Danny Rampling is an English house music DJ and is widely credited as one of the original founders of the UK's rave/club scene.[2]

His long career began in the early 1980s playing hip-hop, soul and funk around numerous bars and clubs in London. Rampling was the first winner of the No 1 DJ in the World Award by DJ Magazine in 1991 and is a three time DJ Awards recipient. He has reportedly sold over 1 million compilation albums.

Early career


During a holiday in Ibiza in 1987, Rampling, along with fellow DJs Paul Oakenfold and Nicky Holloway, attended Amnesia, a then open air nightclub in San Rafael. At the club the group were introduced to the unique eclectic style of DJ Alfredo, playing, among other genres, the new house music that had been exported from the USA. The group also discovered the music's powerful combination with the drug Ecstasy (MDMA),[3] that reduced inhibitions and created a sense of oneness on the dance floor.


Upon his return to England, Rampling, along with his then wife, Jenni,[4][5][6] attempted to recreate the Ibiza experience by promoting what is regarded as the UK's first Balearic rave club, Shoom.[7][8] Shoom[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] ran for three years, starting out at a gym in Southwark, London. It was a launching point for acid house culture,[16] while contributing to worldwide dance culture.[17] Rampling had planned a party to celebrate the 25th anniversary[18] of Shoom, which would be held at Cable Nightclub on 8 December 2012.[19]

Later career


Danny 'Happy' Rampling played for the original pirate Kiss (UK radio station) with the main Saturday night slot from 7 till 9 pm in the early nineties, setting many a person up for a great night out with the "Love Groove Dance Party". He, along with others such as Judge Jules, was poached by BBC Radio 1.

DJ and Producer

In the following years, Rampling continued his career in music as a DJ and producer, remixing many UK and international acts while forming a band, The Millionaire Hippies. In November 1994 he joined the BBC, presenting the "Love Groove Dance Party" on BBC Radio 1 until March 2002, making it the second longest running dance music show in radio after Pete Tong's "Essential Selection".

The mid 1990s also saw Rampling's DJing style diversify. While still playing house and garage sets, Rampling also began to headline at harder, trancier parties, e.g. 'South', at The Zap Club, in Brighton. Rampling himself referred to his newer style as 'Euro', and at this time showcased new Euro tracks, during the final thirty-minute weekly mix of his Radio 1 Show. Additionally, Rampling's Double CD Love Groove Dance Mix featured house and garage on the first CD, and 'Euro' on the second.


In 2005, Rampling announced his retirement from DJing with the initial intention of running a restaurant, although he changed tack to focus on his property business and the 'low carbon economy'. In 2007 he returned to music and began making some on-off appearances at selected clubs. In 2008 he published a self-help ebook entitled "Everything you need to know about DJ'ing and success". He has since returned to regular DJing where his popularity remains strong.[20]

Personal life

Rampling is a keen eco-entrepreneur and built ten eco-friendly Carbon reductive houses in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK.[21] Along with business partner Simon Hinton they launched 'Green Town Revolution',[22] a reward and offset system to encourage individuals and small businesses to offset their CO2 emissions. 'Carbon Neutral DJ' with Norman Jay MBE is GTR's first project,[23] its purpose being to influence a positive response to climate change and personal CO2 offsetting, and a shift towards Carbon Neutrality.

Awards and nominations

DJ Magazine Awards

Artists are nominated to the DJ Magazine top 100 list for each year the public decides who they rank as the World's No 1 DJ at the end of the poll. Rampling was the first winner of this award ranked as the World's No 1 DJ in 1991.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1991 Danny Rampling World's Top 100 DJs 1st place
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Danny Rampling Best of British Outstanding Contribution Nominated

DJ Awards

The DJ Awards organizes the annual electronic music DJ awards event it is the only international ceremony for DJs and also the oldest. the awards are held once a year at Pacha club in Ibiza Spain it is one of the most important accolades an artist can win or be honoured by.[24]

Rampling has won the "Best Radio DJ Award" once from three nomiations, he also received two special awards one for "Outstanding Achievement" as well as the events highest honour the "Lifetime Achievement Award".

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Danny Rampling Best Radio DJ Nominated
1999 Danny Rampling Best Radio DJ Nominated
2000 Danny Rampling Outstanding Achievement Won
2001 Danny Rampling Best Radio DJ Won
2005 Danny Rampling Lifetime Achievement Won

Mix Mag DMC World Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Danny Rampling Outstanding Contribution Won


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  19. Rampling, Danny. "Time For Love". The Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
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  22. "Phoenix Trinity Design and Build » Green Town Revolution". phoenixtrinity.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  23. http://www.carbonneutraldj.com Author's website
  24. Matthews Paul, James. "The Annual DJ Awards To Kick Off At Pacha Ibiza This Monday". Hit The Floor. Hit the Floor On-Line Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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