Now here’s the flyer for this clash (done by nliebetanz.de).
Yes, it’s true! We’re celebrating a little anniversary today with our 10th interview in this column.
Just been back from Salento and already have the next part of our Young, gifted and baaad interviews for you.
This time, for the first time, with a real hard working sound from the Netherlands, who keep pushing dancehallmusic forward since 2003.
People, please make some noise for the Dutch Delight KEYTOWN SOUND.
# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.
Blessings to all massive and crew, this is “The Dutch Delight” Keytown Sound, all the way from a place called Leiden ina Holland.
Keytown consists of 3 members: Ard aka Martial is the sound’s man on the mic, Leon is the jugglin part in the machine and handles all bookings and Marcus aka Senior is a selecta specialised in foundation tunes
# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?
Keytown Sound was formed in 2003. There had not been a Reggae party in Leiden for years and we had the opportunity to host our own night called The Glue Factory at a venue called LVC the same year.
TheGlueFactory started out with 2 resident sounds: Ruff-E-Nuff was formed by Martial and Senior, One Blood Sound consisted of Yabba Youp and Leon.
MC and Singjay Papa Aya sang tunes with both sounds, Nieke, Marko, Jennifer and Julius aka The Chairman (R.I.P.) created all decorations for the party.
After a while Yabba Youp formed his own sound Crucial Warrior, Leon joined hands with Martial and Senior and Keytown Sound was born..
Senior started out DJing in the early years of LVC, playin Funk, Reggae and more.
From root he’s a musician, started out as a bassplayer but playin way more instruments.
Was part of a project called Rohan Lee & The Recipe wich he toured Europe with, also they made an album together.
Martial started out playin HipHop, Funk and Reggae by his self and with the bredda who paved the way for Dancehall in Leiden DJ Wrok, playin at several venues in the region.
Later on they formed Ruff-E-Nuff, being a fresh follow up for Leiden’s foundation sound Runcome.
Leon started out DJing HipHop in Leiden’s local youthcentre BreeHuys, later on in Coffeeshop Bebop. Discovered Reggae and Dancehall music in 2000, lovin and representin it to the fullest from then on. He also worked in legendary Reggae recordshop Boudisque in Amsterdam till it closed down in spring 2008.
# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?
We play everything, from Foundation Roots Reggae to the baddest latest Dancehall and everthing inbetween.
A set from Keytown means you’ll hear tunes in a jugglinstyle, with every now and then a dubplate, backed up with decent speech.
# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.
Baddest dance for Keytown up till now was last year in Pescara, Italy. We were invited by our breddas from Pure Love and Balooba, 2 rising sounds ina Italy, to come play in their resident club called Wake Up!. Club positioning is very nice, near the harbour of the Adriatic sea. Vibes from the massive were MAD!!
As for our own bashment TheGlueFactory in our hometown, the dances with mr. David Rodigan and Bass Odyssey were mad.. The 5th anniversary with Sentinel and Herbalize It was also a BIG party, Kim LaQueen was also in the place with a wicked performance, place full up, crazy night!
# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?
We try to keep our people in Leiden up to date with TheGlueFactory providing the best in Reggae Dancehall music. A few weeks ago we had our biggest party up till now, ting called “The Champion’s Week”. Saturday June 20th we invited Mighty Crown, Saturday June 27th Bass Odyssey was our guest. We just played at Herbalize It’s bashment Ring Di Alarm with them plus Jah Melody and Marlon Asher.
Later on this year we’re going back to Pescara and we were invited by the big bad Sentinel to come play in Stuttgart. Germany is definitely the country in Europe where we would love to play more so there is a big part of our focus.
Locally August brings a birthdaybash from Leon, Crucial Warrior and Papa Aya and in September TheGlueFactory line up is nice with Herbalize It, Balooba and Keytown.
For Keytown Sound the plans are simple: just promote Reggae Dancehall music as much as we can in Holland and cross the borders, meet good people throughout the music and keep doin our likkle part keeping the Dutch Reggae Dancehall scene going.
# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?
Speaking of artists Capleton is definitely our favourite artist from long time. As for sounds we rate all soundman, just because yuh do yuh ting! Personal favourites are Bass Odyssey, Mr. Rodigan, Supersonic, Sentinel, Mighty Crown, Jah Sound International, Herbalize It.
# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?
Luciano – Stay Away on the Doctor’s Darling riddim. Beautifully voiced, for sure we play it.
#Any last Words?
And just big up REAL people. Everyone who LOVE Reggae Dancehall music and livin a good life!
Thank you for the Answers Keytown and big up yourself!
If you want to check out some Keytown Juggling Audios make sure to download this two dances:
Make sure to come party with us!
on Saturday Night for my well deserved yearly vacation, so there will be no posts for at least 2 weeks in this blog!
If you’re in Salento also this august, search for a drunk, sun-burned, but extraordinary good looking guy, holla at him……maybe it’s someone I know.
Can’t wait to attend those Kartel, T.O.K., Matterhorn, Jah Vinchi, Black Ryno, Pow Pow, Sentinel, Kalibandulu, Soundquake, Junior Kelly, Cecile and Sud Sound Shows.
Beside of that, nothing special gone happen. :-)
The notorious Poison Dart from Tampa/Florida gonna touring trough europe for some Juggling Dates (and Riddimclash, of course) this fall.
Big up Sultan & the Herb-A-Lize It for presenting this.
“The notorious Poison Dart, based in Tampa, Florida (US) will tour Europe this fall. Poison Dart, in the soundsystem business from 1993, created quite a stir on the international sound system scene shortly following their friendly – yet competitive – dub fi dub with Killamanjaro and Ricky Trooper in Orlando on June 5, 1996. In the years since, Poison Dart has represented the USA in several World Clashes defending their turf with their deep dubbox, owner Kirky C’s sharp selections and MC Mad Rass a.k.a. Taranchyla with his razorsharp speech and lyrical wit.
Poison Dart made an everlasting impression on European audiences recently alongside Tek-9 Movements representing the USA in the Tag Team Clash “War Ina East” in the Netherlands where they nearly snatched away the trophy from Europe’s top sounds Sentinel & Supersonic. And now Kirky C and Mad Rass will showcase their skills and the true depth of their dubbox in a juggling style from October 1st till October 11th all over Europe. There a still a couple of dates free to be booked.”
Btw: Flyer made by your favorite Flyguy Hekmek.
I really rate some of their tunes, been exited bout what things coming up next.
Their first 7inch “Walk with an empress” soon to be released on german Label Soundquake.
Listen what Walshy has to say:
“The Maddest Oldies Dancehall Series has finally hit the streets!
Decades – “the year to year cd!” From the cd starts the fire starts blazing.
Fire pon a weak heart reggae dancehall lover on this one.
The first Major flame is the Beres Hammond “Till You’ve got love”….bassline like how dancehall suppose to be.
After that it goes into the Everybody Bawling riddim mixed with a Beenie Man that the entire world is use to on a completey different riddim in its original style…the same riddim as barrington levys “murderer”.
Mixed after is dancehall icon Nitty Gritty, but its the next big fireball. Malibu”My friends” performed live on stage shows a million times in the live entertainer days.
This 45 is completely hard to get and for many, never heard before on wax.
Forward to the Death in the Arena riddim for my new yorkers then over to the “Kuff”, “Devil Send You Come” riddim.
Little Kirk burns a massive fire with “Suffer not the little ones” (sorry about the quality of it, but i had to put it on for di original Little Kirk fans) mixed in with the “Fresh” riddim di ting get mad!
But truss me, the undisputed biggest track on this cd is track #45! IT NUH GET NO BIGGA!
Di original Murder she wrote 1988 on the Fresh Riddim. I’ve hadmore people ask me for this song then any song i have ever had…period!
Pliers wasnt even using the name Pliers at the time. Forward to the “Mud Up” riddim and then into the 2000s with “Wanted” riddim.
Truss me di cd Mad! year to year, more like month to month imma drop a new volume, not for anyone but us, the people that love to hear those classic dancehall oldies!”