DJ RAP has been the undisputed queen of the turntables and the number one female DJ in the world, simultaneously a label owner, producer, and recording artist. She has been a prime mover, the prime female mover in fact, on the jungle and drum & bass scene. Six years ago her first album, LEARNING CURVE, was released on Sony in the UK and on Columbia Records in the USA and ended up selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. She has many seminal dance classics to her credit, with several mix compilation CDs, and upwards of 20 releases on her own drum & bass imprint, PROPER TALENT.
Born Charissa Saverio to an Italian father and an Irish-Malaysian mother in Singapore, DJ RAP spent her childhood traveling the world -Indonesia, Malta and Africa were all home for a while. Her stepfather managed luxury hotels and she grew up living in the palatial surroundings of Raffles in Shangri La. As a child her two loves were playing piano and horse-riding. She'd practice the piano six hours a day and spend the rest of her time in the stables dreaming of being a pianist. When the family moved to Southampton, England in her early teens, she discovered pop music for the first time and after leaving school took time out to travel the world, backpacking through Greece, Turkey and Europe. She eventually returned to London and joined a legal firm, first as a secretary, then training to become a lawyer. Her life, for the first time in years, seemed to be following a normal, everyday course. It was from this bliss that Charissa morphed into DJ RAP. "She ditched her job, kicked out her difficult boyfriend and discovered raves.
Staying true to her DIY Drum & Bass passion, DJ Rap is self-releasing Up All Night through her own label Proper Talent Recordings on November 7th, 2006. The release will be widely available digitally and in limited release on CD. Up All Night is a blend of modern techniques and traditional methods. Recorded live with her band, DJ Rap wrote or co-wrote (Fast Eddie and Top Cat) every track on the continuous mix.
DJ Rap has been the undisputed queen of the turntables and voted the #1 female DJ in the world by Shejay, she owns, records for, runs and A&Rs two labels Proper Talent and Improper Talent, a producer, recording artist and an actor. She has been a prime mover on the Drum & Bass scene but not content to just sit in the studio and direct, she learned her craft as an engineer and produced many classics, often while collaborating with other artists. Hits like "Spiritual Aura" changed the face of Drum and Bass and lead to the birth of Proper Talent.
After being the first artist on the scene to self-release her first CD, she gathered interest from Sony and was soon signed to them along with the likes of Grooverider and Leftfield, where she surprised us again with a new sound. Rolling Stone Magazine gave Learning Curve three and a half stars "this is the record Madonna wanted to make." Learning Curve went on to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide in addition to her successful compilation sales including Journeys By DJ, Propa Classics Vol. 1 & 2, Brave New World, Armani Exchange & Bulletproof which have all crossed many genres and has become DJ Rap's trademark.
Up All Night finds DJ Rap in a very content place. She has finally embraced the challenges of her diverse artistic output and will continue to challenge her fans musically with every release. Upon your first listen it's apparent that Up All Night is in reference to the exuberance of a new discovery and in Rap's case it's balance and harmony.