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If drum-and-bass were the Mafia, then Scott Bourne, better known as Red One, would be the underboss of one of the most notorious families at large. Red runs the day-to-day operations of Ram Records along with Ram affiliates Liftin Spirits, Frequency and Ratio. Ram is one of the best and most prolific drum-and-bass labels in the world and has single-handedly turned the genre on its ear more than a few times. It's also home to Andy C, consistently voted the best D&B DJ there is, period. Red gave Andy C his very first gig back in the early '90s, when he was promoting events around London. They became fast friends, and when Andy C founded Ram Records in 1994, Red One was soon hired to look after every aspect of the label. Not satisfied with remaining a record-label executive, Red threw his own hat into the DJ and production world and made his mark with 1998's Strangled Duck, which became the biggest tune ever released on the Liftin Spirits label. Since then, he has become one of the most sought-after drum-and-bass DJs from the U.K. He's also responsible for welcoming the local DJ/production team of d.ecco & Sabotage into the Ram family, having signed them to Frequency, the Ram imprint that specializes in breaking in new talent. Red One brings some color to the Snake Pit this Thursday, July 8, where he'll joins d.ecco behind the decks for a night of world-class drum-and-bass, Ram style.
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Timothy Pittz