While viewers are used to seeing BBC journalist Ros Atkins discussing serious topics on the screen, he recently provided his followers with a personal insight into his teenage years – and the contrast is shocking.
The broadcaster – who was recently praised for his explainer video over the Downing Street party – shocked his Twitter followers as he revealed he was a heavy drum and bass enthusiast in the 90s.
Atkins uploaded a detailed timeline on Twitter, sharing the history behind his love for the genre as well as where he performed across the country.
He tweeted: ‘Now here’s a story. Back in the 90s, along with lots of teenagers in Cornwall, I started going to raves & listening to hardcore and drum & bass.
‘I also started to DJ. Inspired by @therealLTJbukem @DJHYPE_PLAYAZ @KennyDJKen @RAYKEITH1 and others I started to buy a lot of D&B and, through my 20s, in a very amateur fashion, I DJed a range of music in London, Cornwall & Cambridge. This is at a night I ran in Brixton.’
Fans and celebrities alike were taken aback by the revelation as TV chef Nigella Lawson simply replied: ‘Fabulous.’
One person wrote: ‘Legend. What a thread! Thank you,’ while another joked: ‘I saw a turntable when you were broadcasting from home when you had the virus. I wondered what kind of music. I had you pegged for a country fan.’
The Outside Source presenter has returned back to his music passions for one night only as he has created a special mix, which was played at BBC Radio 6 Music’s Desert Island Disco All-Dayer.
Speaking to The i, Atkins said: ‘I caught the rave bug growing up in Cornwall in the early 90s. When I was at University I thought “maybe I could play this music myself as a DJ?”‘
He said the tunes he selected were inspired after some ‘brilliant pre-COVID nights’ spent at the Electric Brixton music venue.
‘This is an unexpected and exciting development for me, Atkins added.
‘I had some brilliant nights playing at a backstreet club in Brixton where the DJ booth was high up in the ceiling.
‘But I haven’t DJ’d for 16 years so when 6 Music asked I said “yes, please.”‘
He added: ‘I loved dancing to legends like DJ Storm, Dillinja, and LTJ Bukem.’Credit: Source