|Format||Music radio, uk-centric urban dance music|
|Webcast||Rinse Player, Stream|
Rinse FM is a London-based community radio station, licensed for "young people living and/or working within the central, east and south London areas.". The station plays grime, dubstep, house, jungle and funky and other UK-centric dance music.
The station was founded in 1994 and operated as pirate radio station until it was given a community FM broadcast license in June 2010. Rinse FM was described as London's biggest pirate radio station and provided first exposure to Dizzee Rascal and Wiley and later provided a home for dubstep DJs like Skream, Kode9, and Oneman. DJ Geeneus is the station's head.
Rinse FM was founded as a pirate radio station in 1994 by a group of 16 year olds including DJ Geeneus and DJ Slimzee. For a three year period in the early days of the station the Rinse studio was hosted in DJ Slimzee's house. In its early years the station played predominantly jungle music with a particular focus on MCs, a direction which set Rinse apart from competing stations. The first broadcast was made at Ingram House in Tower Hamlets, London. At the time the broadcasts were being made out of secret, makeshift locations such as kitchens and bedrooms belonging to friends and DJs, constantly moving between these locations to avoid getting shut down by authorities. This continued to a lesser extent all throughout the 16 years during which Rinse was a pirate radio station.
Kool FM was the leading pirate radio station within the jungle scene, and it wasn't until Rinse changed its focus to the emerging garage scene around 1998/1999 that it became really popular, thanks to the darker sound that it brought with it from its jungle days. Into the early 2000s, the station became critical for emergence and development of the genres grime and dubstep. The station was managed during this time by Uncle Dugs.
In 2005 Ofcom disconnected a Rinse FM radio transmitter and Dean Fullman, known on air as DJ Slimzee, received an ASBO, believed to be the first of its kind, banning him from every rooftop in the borough of Tower Hamlets.
As of August 2007 the station was seeking a legal FM licence. Rinse FM created a petition which received hundreds of supporters within less than a week, including some from countries other than the UK. The station's owner DJ Geeneus at the time said that: "We don't want to be legal to play stupid adverts and make loads of money from advertising. We want to be legal to say: look at our scene, look at what we're doing. We're a business, we're not criminals. We're supplying something that no one else is supplying, and we're professional."
As part of its community broadcasting remit, Rinse FM is engaged in training young people in broadcasting skills who are considered marginalised, even working with children who are in Pupil Referral Units. These are units for persistent truants and people with special educational needs.
Radio 1 DJ John Peel recommended the station in 2004, stating that:
- When I'm in London I listen to the pirates as much as I can. There's a station I like called Rinse FM, which is somewhere in the area banded by Kiss FM and Classic FM.
The station first released music under the Rinse Recordings imprint in 2003. Currently the label releases albums and singles from a roster of signed artists as well as mix CDs from DJs associated with the station, the label first saw chart success when Katy B released "Katy on a Mission" with the label in 2010. Currently signed acts include P Money, Katy B, Novelist, Roska and Royal T. DJs who have released mix albums for Rinse Recordings include Skream, Skepta, Kode9 and Elijah and Skilliam. With the release of the 23rd mix CD (mixed by Richy Ahmed), Rinse has stated that it broadens the concept to include non-residents of the station. The label went on to release Katy B's chart-topping album Little Red and Route 94's chart-topping single "My Love" in 2014.
Rinse began broadcasting on the internet in 2006. Once broadcast, all shows get uploaded to the website as podcasts.
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