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Having recently left the hustle and bustle of London in search for a slightly less hectic atmosphere, it is clear when speaking to Steven Jude aka Noodles that music is still his number one priority. Finally getting the vast majority of his record collection out of storage and beginning to get back in the studio.
Ever since playing at one of the original raves in Paris at the tender age of 17, you only need hear him play for a matter of minutes to know that his attitude to music is fundamentally the same and that his objective is to make people dance. His history working in record stores and selling vinyl records has given him the opportunity to get years of valuable face-to-face feedback on the music from the then thriving community that was listening to it.
Adamant that “those who try to be trendy out-trend themselves” he has consistently tried using his label DPR to release the music he loves. With releases dating back to 1997 it was the first outlet for his seminal Groove Chronicles project where began to push his unique hybrid sound. With tracks such as “Angel Body”, “Stone Cold” and “Black Puppet” still in heavy rotation many credit the project as one of the key foundations that musical movements such as 2step/dubstep and grime were built upon.
With a recent DPR label takeover on Just Jam and taking part in the RBMA Boiler Room garage special last Christmas even when we fast forward over ten years and he is still as relevant now as he ever was.
Written by Misbah Anjum-James