Who Are Rampage
The Rampage crew are a legendary sound system from London England, with a rich and varied career in music and broadcasting that is extensive and impressive. In the Urban world they have literally “Done Everything” Tour DJs for Kanye in London, Nas in Cardiff, Wyclef in Miami, Jay-Z in Scotland, Usher in London, etc. Legendary urban club nights such as SW1 in Victoria, commonly known as one of the best black music club nights to ever take place in the West end of London.
A catalogue of productions, remixes, releases, and compilation albums spanning 20 years of UK music. The largest static sound system at the Notting Hill Carnival, with over 15 thousand people at any one time has featured performances from Sean Paul, Swizz Beats, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Buju Banton, Ryan Leslie, Ms Dynamite, Lloyd, Wiley, etc 15 years as broadcasters with the BBC with event coverage, documentaries, live broadcasts, match reporting, music punditry and daytime radio. Known as the first DJs to “Multi genre” mix and also the first to perfect muti deck mixing in particular on “Live radio”. Rampage have done gigs as far a field as Kenya, Hungary, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Atlanta, Cyprus, Ibiza, and all over the U.K. They have the longest running RnB club night in Ayia Napa Cyprus at 13 Years, Rampage continue to do what they do.
DJ Mike Anthongy started DJ’ing at 15 years old when he met DJ Richie P. They teamed up and did house parties in the beginning wherever they could get a gig. There was a break for 3 years when he moved to Switzerland. It was there he became a professional. Mike signed up with Music Service Agency and worked in a record shop for his Uncle, a musician, who is like a father to him and after 3 years he returned to the UK wanting to bring his 3-year experience home. DJ Mike Anthongy had the vision then of how a DJ could operate on a business level and returned to partner with Richie.
Rampage “House Parties” grew in reputation within 1 year. They would guest on other sound systems and quickly realised they needed to set up their own. Like Uncle who had already established “Rapattack” in the 80’s, DJ Mike Anthongy also wanted a name as cool? Just one word, with a meaning, a style and a logo. Rampage was born at a house party in Golders Green. The line was Rapattack and Rampage!
A sound system: One name, own style! Multi-genre was the backdrop with seamless mixing across the different styles of music. All DJ’s would learn ALL styles of black music and learn to deliver in any environment at any time. All within 3 years. Rampage had arrived!
Rampage On Radio
After an amazing 3 years Rampage set about new setting heights. Radio had always been a dream of mine. My childhood was consumed by pirate radio, as that was the only way I could hear black music. LWR was the No1 pirate station with 1million listeners in London alone. We got our schooling from them and they were the best. Jigs, Westwood, Daddy Ernie just to name a few had come from their stables.
Rampage then went to WNK was the first legal black music station in London and after 1 year we found ourselves guesting on Kiss FM. By 1998 BBC London came knocking and with the guidance of Ray Paul thier next chapter was written. Launching BBC 1Xtra the first national black music station in 2002 cemented our name in History.
The Notting Hill Carnival
After an amazing 3 years they wanted to be on the stage of stages….The Notting Hill Carnival! Rampage didn’t know what to expect in their first year, but was completely blown away. 10000 revellers turned up and the Music model I had dreamed of started to become a reality. Sean Paul, Shaggy, Buju Banton performed. MC Skibadee launched from our stage. It’s all about breaking new ground and creating a legacy!
It became the award-winning Rampage Sound System, following star-studded shows in the past from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite and Tinie Tempah. Located just off All Saints Road, Rampage is inarguably the most notorious stage at Carnival.