Steve Rice resides in Bristol, UK. He passion for reggae developed around the age of 16 when he began going to blues dances in South London.

He later began holding his own dances around Brixton and became part of the local scene, which was comprised of many different small sounds who all built up the vibe for the people.

During this time, Steve learnt skills from one of the selectors of local sound, Nashville Downbeat, and built up a good selection of tunes.

After having a break from the sound system scene, some years later, around ’91, his interest was rekindled and he has been hooked every since. He now plays regularly in Bristol, all over the UK, and in Germany and Holland.

In the last year, Steve has been forwarding his own sound, Downbeat Melody, cutting dubs with one of his favourite artists – Dennis Alcapone – and also supporting the likes of The Wailers, The Skatalites, Burning Spear, Culture and Toots.

Of his love for reggae, Steve says ‘…when you get a feeling for reggae music you have to go out with the old seven inch discs and express yourself through their music, it’s what I do, I can’t help myself!’.

Wellingtonians will be lucky enough to catch him in the capital, Friday 12 January at the Spice Traders night @ Havana, and on Saturday 13 @ Tupelo with Duke Willis. Keep checking NiceUp for more details!

More info:
Steve Rice website

Respect to Steve for his Top Ten Track Selections for January 2006.

1. Dubplate Playing In The Ghetto Tonight – Johnny Osbourne – Greensleeves
2. Dynamite – Tommy Mc Cook – Treasure Isle
3. Smoke Without Fire – Keith Hudson – Rebind
4. The One I Love – Ken Boothe – Jontom
5. Strange Affair – Winston Wright – Typhoon
6. Wicked Act – YT – Sativa Records
7. You’ll Never Get Away – U Roy – Treasure Isle
8. Waiting In The Park – Chantells – Phase One
9. Man To Man – Lord Creator – Randys
10. Never Never – Prince Buster – Busters