All jive, no turkey.
For nearly 30 years I have been a musically creative human.
From my humble beginnings trying to ‘mix’ 2 cassette tapes on 2 separate tape decks at age 8; to undertaking the mammoth tasks of learning to play the Euphonium at 11.
Rock bands came at 15, touring pubs, village halls and community centres.
The real action began when I was 18 and came across a set of Technics 1210’s at a party. Bering a taciturn type of chap I fell in love with the turntables, their vibe, the sound, the vinyl and of course, the bass.
As DJ Rhetoric I pummelled the south-west free party soundscape from ’97 onwards. Relentless jungle vibes, twisted, undulating bass-lines and rolling drums dishing out my favourite DnB.
I have some of the best memories from this time, parties anywhere and everywhere: abandoned hotels in Falmouth (that was some frankly insane illegal shit!); huge barns in Somerset; hell we even threw a rave right under Wellington Monument, imagine that happening now!
For a time in the early-mid 2000’s I played in local clubs under the guise of Ollie Stamp, mixing breakbeats with house and techno at nights like Check Your Breakz, Infrasound and Subsonic in Taunton.
The name didn’t fit the bill however so out of the flames of an old relationship breakup, the phoenix that is Stamper was born.
I moved into promoting my own nights and got to perform with some seriously talented people, spreading my wares all over the southwest of England.
Gobbstopper my event, took off in a big way and we ran 3 years of sold out shows. Over time I will upload some pics but hell i gotta find them first. We had some crazy times, kidnapping Mark Yardley from Stanton Warriors has to be one of the funniest, sorry Mark! (Editor’s note: It wasn’t kidnap, he agreed to come to the after party, then as we pulled up, changed his mind and we taxi’d him all the way back to his hotel 30 miles away).
You can’t say i wasn’t a fair promoter.
Highlights of my DJ career would be foolish not to mention, I mean I’ve worked at this for years with many failures, many wrong decisions, but all of the learning and hard work was made up for 100 times over by the present moment experience of the dance.
In the summer of 2015 I got to play at a major UK music festival and thus was able to tick that off the bucket list. Hosted by my good man, the legendary MC Ribbz I basked in the sun while entertaining a strong Leisure Centre crowd smack bang in the middle of Distrkt5; Boomtown Fair.
Stampatron live at The Leisure Centre, Boomtown Fair
In late 2015 I also had the opportunity to warm up for one of my DJ heroes in the form of LTJ Bukem. He really is an awesome guy and to be graced on the same bill is an honour and i’m not usually one to fawn.
Stampatron live at Hold It Down pres. LTJ Bukem
Last but not least, myself and my good friend Kev Daw warmed up for Black Roots and Zion Train at Vegfest in Bristol in the summer of 2013. Playing to a packed out 4K strong crowd at Bristol’s Lloyd’s Amphitheater we brought the sunshine with conscious reggae vibes and heavy dub lines.
Previous musical event curations include:
Soul Juices Sessions | Drew Fest | Gobbstopper | Trailer Trax | Infrasound | Check Your Breakz
For ALL my mixes and live sets please head over to YouTube.
Over the last 17 years of DJing, I have been welcomed on stages at countless wonderful events including: Boomtown Fair, Sat in a Field, Vegfest, Hold It Down, Love Summer, Jam The Channel, Oxjam, Synchronicity, Snitch, Snatch, Bounce, Subsonic, Simian Sounds, Akimbo, Housework, Kool Waters, Grooveswitch, Zero, Home Farm Festival, Wattsfest, BrisLive, Arse, Deviock and more……THANK YOU!!