The Industry

Rob Da Bank talks Vinyl

18th September 2017


Aside from cutting his teeth as a Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank is one main driving forces and lead curators behind Bestival and Camp Bestival. It’s fair to say then, that he knows a thing or two about music. Which is why BIMM London’s Music Journalism course leader Jennifer Otter Bickerdike spoke candidly with him during the research stages of her new book “Why Vinyl Matters”.

As a mere taster of the many delights this book has to offer, we thought we’d give you a little slice of what he had to say on the subject.

What’s your first ever vinyl memory?

“I was born in ’73, so by 1980, I was listening to pop music. My mates and my sister were playing the Pet Shop Boys and Adam Ant.  The first record I bought was the theme tune to ET the Extra Terrestrial by John Williams- and I still have that 7”. When people get asked in trendy magazines what their first record was, and they say The Sex Pistols or the Clash or whatever, I was always a bit ashamed of it being the theme tune to ET.  Actually, now that I have started composing film scores myself, I am much more into that world. I am now sort of proud of that as my first foray into music.”


Dr Bickerdike’s book “Why Vinyl Matters” is out now.

Find your copy at all good book stores or order your copy here.


James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.