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Introducing, a guy who needs little to no introduction, NoDave, also known as Dave Columbo Jenkins. You may have caught his raspy voice on Vision Radio or spotted his rugged mug at the Drum&BassArena Awards. Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon his musings on UKF, DJ Mag, Mixmag, or other platforms. Well, guess what? Now it’s time to hear him drop some beats!

NoDave’s been diving deep into the dance music and DJ scene since his wild teen years in Cardiff’s buzzing late ’90s rave scene. These days, he’s the brains behind his own editorial brand and record label, 1 More Thing. NoDave is a prolific journalist who’s all about documenting the underground music scene. He’s worked with, hosted, and contributed to some of the biggest names and platforms in the biz. From editing iDJ Magazine to co-authoring books with legends like DJ Phantasy and Ray Keith, NoDave’s been in the game for ages. But somewhere along the line, he got so wrapped up in the world of writing that he almost forgot his true passion: DJing.

Fast forward to summer 2022, and the Dubtendo crew pulls him out of retirement for a spin at Boomtown Festival. After a 15-year hiatus, he’s back behind the decks, making up for lost time with his signature blend of tunes that couldn’t care less about tempo, genre, or any sense of normalcy. Since his comeback, he’s been tearing up dance floors across England and Wales, hitting up spots like Hit N Run, Planet Wax, Neuroheadz, and more.

If you’ve ever resonated with the unique vibe this slightly quirky, Welsh gentleman has infused into the scene, get ready to groove to his selections as we (VERY excitedly) welcome him to our Renegade Riddims series. I must admit, I was genuinely surprised when Dave reached out to me about contributing a mix. This is a day I never anticipated, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.

NoDave has curated a mix that stays true to his ethos of not bothering about tempo, genre or sub-genre and he has well and truly smashed it! I, for one, cannot wait to see him play out and I really hope that day soon comes! His mix features music from the likes of Skorpion, Scartip, DJ Sofa, Total Science & DLR, K Jah, Sully, J: Kenzo, Bad Company and more!

Check out the mix below and download it for free here!

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Q&A:

Sum up this mix in 10 words…

All the genres. One tempo. Deep, scatty, occasionally spicy. Yo!

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

There are quite a few forthcoming tracks from 1 More Thing on here. But instead of having to pick favourites out of them (cos they’re all sick), I’ll go for DJ Sofa’s Only Boy I Ever Loved. I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard it. On the dancefloor at Rupture. Room two, Fold. Blew my head off at the time and turns me inside out every time since. Such a soulful, tender, emotional piece of jungle.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

Belligerence

What have you got coming up?

We got some MASSSSSIVE moves from 1 More Thing in the coming months as we gear up to celebrate our 2nd birthday on June 22 at Planet Wax. There’s a lot of really exciting things happening there including releases from Skorpion and Scartip and a whole bunch of festival takeovers. I’m really blessed to have a bit of a team now too so big shouts to Annelies, Marc, Lauren and Shona.

I’m also working with Eastman co-writing his book, which is an absolute honour. His influence on our culture is unfathomable. It’s going to be an insightful and very compelling and inspiring read. Big up Eastman.

DJ wise I’m playing at Shindig, Gemfest, Neuroheadz and Big Love festivals in the UK and PoJaine festival in Poland. I’ve played overseas years ago but always on a blaggy / right-place-right-time-place type of flex so I consider this to be my first proper internatty booking. I’m absolutely buzzing. I thought my DJ days were over a long time ago and I really relish these opportunities.  

When was the last time you actually raved?

Four days ago! Hit & Run in Manchester for 1985. Wild night. Humungous shouts to Metrodome actually. His two hour set was the stuff dreams are made of! Best thing I’ve heard in a long time.    

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

Support the DIY and the independents! Go to local clubs and support your town or city’s scene. If there isn’t a night for your music, then try and start it. Or build a rig and do your own. Be the best music fan you can possibly be because art has so much more value than it’s currently perceived to have. Get stuck in and do as much cool stuff as you can, support the shit out of stuff, gas your mates up 100000% more than you already do and try not to be a dick. Oh, and keep away from those naff Splice vocal samples. You’re much more creative than that!

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