DJ David Rodigan may look like a stockbroker or an insurance salesman but he’s a reggae superstar, both in his homeland of England and in Jamaica. After hearing Millie Small’s massive ska hit “My Boy Lollipop,” Rodigan fell in love with every shade of Jamaican music.
He became a DJ at the age of 15, but toyed with the idea of becoming an actor before Radio London gave him a shot in 1978. He’s been on the air ever since, spending over a decade at Capital Radio before moving to Kiss FM. Through the years he’s collected a massive amount of dubplates made exclusively for his Rodigan Sound System. He’s clashed with every sound system of note — Stove Love, Kilimanjaro, and Bodyguard to name a few — and was the official tour DJ for Shinehead. Besides a handful of mixtapes and DVD releases of his sound clashes, he also helped assemble the 2007 release The Kings of Reggae compilation for the Rapster label plus the 2008 release Real Authentic Reggae, Vol. 1 for BBE.