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Short and sweet:
First gig was in 1995. Joined the Snowball Collective shortly after. Was the first resident at DC's first all jungle/D&B weekly event.
DJ'ed through 2001. Took a long hiatus. Back.
Long info, for those who are interested:
As a raver in the DC/Baltimore scene in '92, Rob has been in love with the breakbeats. The mind-blowing sounds of 2 Bad Mice, Acen, Altern8, Baby D and especially The Prodigy changed his life. Rob began buying records around the time the breaks were speeding up and the sound was morphing into jungle and dons like SS, Hype, Randall, Andy C and Aphrodite were pushing the sounds into new dimensions of mayhem.
At a jungle rave in 1995, Rob met DJ Shamus and gave the rudebwoy a mixed tape. Shamus helped book Rob for a rave that summer and, soon after, Rob joined Shamus' Snowball Collective along with DJ Buster, DJ Gehno, T. Rex (Rex Riddim), Durty and Paolo (PTA200). As a part of Snowball, the crew was responsible for some of DC most memorable raves throughout the mid- to late-90's.
In the spring of '96, Buster and John Tab started DC's first all-jungle/D&B weekly event, Where The Wild Things Are, later shortened to Wild Things, and Rob-One was the initial resident DJ. In the fall of 1996, Rob-One was booked at a Sting event (Sting parties were like Buzz Massive) alongside Andy C and Randall. Now, Rob-One was playing for the dons who created the music that changed his life.
The Wild Things crew was growing its premier event, overtime adding three DJ's in addition to Rob, and through the growth of Wild Things, DC saw the likes of SS, Rap, Mental Power and numerous other legends come through and destroy DC. During these formative years for DC's jungle/D&B scene, Rob-One became a rotating resident at the legendary Pollen events and was getting booked regularly throughout DC and the mid-Atlantic rave and jungle communities.
Times were solid through the end of the 90's and into 2000, but after 9/11, Rob went on a music hiatus. Though it was only supposed to be brief, that break lasted a decade.
Now, in 2012, Rob-One is back on in the jungle/D&B scene, and with his own label, he is releasing his own music. His production style is not just D&B and range from hip-hop to funky breaks - Rob getting back to his roots: the breakbeat which started it all. Watch for the first release on Surface Noise Productions to include collaborations with some of DC's finest DJ's and producers.