Rob da Bank

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Rob da Bank
Rob da Bank in 2006
Background information
Birth name Robert John Gorham
Also known as Rob Da Bank
Born (1973-06-24) 24 June 1973 (age 41)
Portsmouth, England
Occupations DJ
Labels Sunday Best Recordings
Associated acts Ladyboy
Notable instruments

Robert John Gorham, (born 24 June 1973 in Portsmouth) known by the pseudonym Rob da Bank, is an English DJ. He presented a show on BBC Radio 1 which focused on promoting new left field music. Examples of artists featured on his show include Tipper, Moloko and a host of unsigned acts.

Until September 2006, he and Chris Coco were the presenters of the Blue Room on Radio 1. The show had a dedicated following, and was one of the few showcases for a unique blend of quirky chillout tunes. He also hosted Radio 1's One Music show on Thursday nights, the content of which was more similar to the music played on his current show. Rob da Bank filled in for John Peel's show for several weeks following his death in 2004. In 2009 he gave BBC Blast an exclusive look behind the scenes of his show. The music played by Rob da Bank on Sunday Best helped launch the "bar culture" (as opposed to "club culture"), which features more relaxed activities than dancing.[1]

He is also the owner of a number of business ventures under the name Sunday Best, which originated as a Sunday night event in a Battersea tea-room.[2] Sunday Best has grown to incorporate a record label and two off-shoot music festivals, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and in 2008, Camp Bestival, which is more family orientated and held in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Gorham has also compiled a mix LP for the Fabric night club's series of mix compilations, entitled Fabric 24 (2006).[3]

He lives in London and on the Isle of Wight with his illustrator wife Josie, and their three sons.

In June 2014, it was announced that in September 2014, Rob da Bank would leave the station.[4]


  1. ^ Marshall, Kingsley. "Rob Da Bank > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ Phillips, Dom (2004-12-10). "No one can ever be the next John Peel". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. ^ Beatjunkie (2005-10-20). "Rob da Bank – Fabric 24". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Radio 1 and 1Xtra changes specialist, weekend schedules". BBC Newsbeat. BBC News. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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