Ray Keith

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Ray Keith
Also known as Armageddon, Babylon 5, Dark Soldier, Doctor Wootang, London's Most Wanted, Renegade, Terrorist
Born Colchester, Essex, England
Genres Electronica
Breakbeat hardcore
Oldschool jungle
Drum and bass
Occupation(s) Producer
Disc jockey

Ray Keith is a British drum and bass DJ and record producer. Ray Keith is one of drum and bass' most well known producers and DJs. He is regarded as one of the pivotal figures in the early jungle/drum and bass scene. He has been playing drum and bass all over the world for the past two decades.

He had a passion for jazz, funk and soul music which led him to buy some turntables. Ray Keith began DJ'ing as a teenager in 1989 around his native Essex and Suffolk before he got his break DJ'ing on the London acid house and rave scene.[1] He started working as a recording artist and producer for his own style of music and other genres in 1990.[2] One his early remixes was an bootleg mix of Orbital's Chime in 1990, it was finally officially released in 1992.[3]

He found his niche with drum and bass music. He is famed for producing bass heavy yet soulful tunes and has made classics such as the jump-up anthem "The Terrorist" and "The Chopper". Ray set up Dread Recordings in 1994 and has produced numerous albums. He has also remixed Moby, Shades of Rhythm and Moving Shadow.[4] His nephew, Peter O'Grady aka Joy Orbison, is also a DJ and producer.[5] Ray is a keen supporter of Manchester United football team [6]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Contact (UFO, 1999)
  • Vintage Dread (Dread Recordings, 2000)
  • Alien Encounter (UFO, 2001)
  • Twisted Anger - Mothership (Dread Recordings, 2002)
  • Blade Runner - Analog Bass (Dread Recordings, 2009)
  • Dread Digital Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Dread Recordings, 2010)
  • I Am Renegade (Dread Recordings, 2012)
  • Ray Keith vs Bladerunner - Dubplate Clash Dub Dread 4 (Dread Recordings, 2012)