After 6 years representing drum and bass on the BBC‘s flagship D&B show, Friction has decided it’s time to step down from his position and leave Radio 1 & 1Xtra to spend more time on his DJing & production.
Earlier today he released a statement on his social media pages explaining his choice to leave Radio 1;
“So, after 6 years of having the honour of bringing you the Radio 1 & 1Xtra Drum & Bass show, and after a lot of thought, I’ve finally decided to move on from the show so I can focus on my DJ and production career.
This is something that hasn’t been an easy decision and one that I’ve been debating in my mind for a long time now. Being able to represent the music genre I love to the world has been an absolute pleasure, but I’ve been struggling more and more to keep up with the demands of combining the show with DJ’ing week in-week out, studio production and performing my label duties, as well as (most importantly) being a father.
If you’d have asked me 15 years ago that I would have been chosen to represent the music I love and broadcast it to the world, I would have thought you were having a laugh. I love doing this show with all my heart, but unfortunately, something has to give as there just isn’t enough hours in the day.
I want to say thank you to Ben and Rhys at Radio 1 for giving me the amazing opportunity. Rachel, Uche, Rob and everyone else thats worked on the show for the past 6 years and last but certainly not least, everyone thats locked in to the show each week. Its been an absolute pleasure putting it together for you and is something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget Grooverider’s classic words, ‘Don’t crash it Friction!’ I instantly made it my goal not to do that and I hope you’ve enjoyed the show as much as I have.”
Of course people on Twitter had positive things to say about Friction’s time on the BBC Radio 1 drum and bass show…
Gonna miss @friction on Radio 1. One of the best DnB shows there ever was. You should be proud mate 👏
— El Hornet (@elhornet) October 11, 2017
Big up @friction 🙏🏼
— Chase & Status (@chaseandstatus) October 11, 2017
Good luck to whoever takes over from Friction – They need to represent D&B as a whole for it to work.
— #Levelz (@ThePrototypesUK) October 11, 2017
You can catch Friction playing at our Innovation In The Dam weekender next month, no doubt he’ll be bringing some ‘Friction Fire’ spinning some of those new productions that he’s been working on!
The Radio 1 BBC Press Office have announced that Ram Records artist Rene LaVice will be taking over from Tuesday 7th November. We wish him the best of luck as the figure head of this scene on the worlds biggest radio station…. No pressure!!