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Roni Size

"Roni Size" (b. Ryan Williams, Bristol, England, 1969), is a drum and bass DJ and producer. He came to national prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of "Reprazent", a drum'n'bass collective. That year they won the Mercury Prize for the album New Forms.

Size grew up in the Bristol suburb of St. Andrew's and cites Reggae as one of his early influences. Size was expelled from school at the age of 16 and started attending house parties run by Bristol mavericks the Wild Bunch (later Massive Attack). He learned the basics about music production down at his local youth club before setting up his own home studio.

His future partner, Krust, enjoyed an early dalliance with fame as part of the Fresh 4, whose "Wishing On A Star" reached the UK Top 10 in late 1989. After meeting up with Krust, Suv and Die they founded Full Cycle Records as an outlet for their innovative sounds.

Size was keen to describe the mélange of influences as intuitive: "If Krust walks into the studio and his head is nodding, that's enough. I know I've got a result there. He doesn't need to touch a button or tell us what he thinks, 'cos we already know what he's thinking."

Much of the acclaim ...

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