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Welcome back again to our Young, gifted and baaad Column, for the first time with a sound from the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain.

Not only the city’s football club is off the hook, so please check out

Nyahbingi Sound.

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Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers?

Nyahbingi Sound is one of the firsts sound systems created in Spain. We havee played all over Spain and also in countries like Scotland, France, Italy, Chile or Colombia and played alongside sound systems like Stone Love, David Rodigan, Saxon Sound or Mighty Crown.

Always linked to the jamaican music actuality, members of Nyahbingi Sound run also NBC Producciones, one of the most active black music agencies from Spain. They manage artists like The Pepper Pots, Hermano L or Soweto, do the spanish booking for Dr.Ring Ding, Bitty McLean, Derrick Morgan or Ken Boothe, and also organize festivals or tours during all year.

Nyahbingi Sound also plays alongside artists like General Levy, Bitty McLean, Chukki Starr, Chuck Fender, Earl 16 Derrick Morgan or Dr Ring Ding.

Nyahbingi Sound members are Leggo (mc), Rochi (selektah) and Mr.Pep (selektah).

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When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

The Sound System was created in 1999, our first show was in May that year and also it was our first djing experience.

Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

Our style is a mixture of new and classic.

Actually all members of the sound started listening Ska, Rocksteady and Roots so these styles are always very present in our sessions and old tunes of Early Rub a Dub and Dancehall. We like Jammy’s productions, Volcano or Techniques. They always have an important role in our sessions.

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Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

During these 10 years we have participated in some Clashes (Spanish Clash 2002, Bilbao Sound Clash 2008, …) and been lucky to get shows at big festivals (Rototom Sunsplash, Downtown,…) but I think in the end what makes a special show are the vibes and the feelings with the people.

So It was our first show outside of Spain, with Mungo´s Hi Fi in Glasgow, shows performed with artists like Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Chukki Starr or Bitty Mclean, our anniversary party we held in a ship in the port of Barcelona and the last show in the city with Mighty Crown.

Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

This year we have regular dates in two little clubs in Barcelona.

We will continue organizing events in other clubs like the Bcn Reggae Soundclash, or our annual anniversary party.

We also have organize a European and Southamerican tour with some singers, but is still too early to say anything concrete.

Finally, coinciding with our 10th anniversary, will be the second part of our mixtape “200% Pure Dubplates” after the previous edition surpassed the 30,000 downloads.

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Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

Each Sound System that has influenced us has done for very different reasons.

I like the energy of Rodigan, the force of Poison Dart, the attitude of Pow Pow, the imagination of Mighty Crown, the wisdom of Down Beat and Stone Love´s style.

If I had to choose two artists, a classical and other current, I will choose  Alton Ellis and Bitty Mclean.

What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first 3 dubplates was recordedby U-Brown after he performed  alongside the sound system in Barcelona and Madrid and we still play it. I think it was in 2000.

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Any last words?

Thanks for contacting us

If you want to know more about us please visit the website of Sound:

www.nyahbingisound.com

www.myspace.com/nyahbingisound

Like the web of NBC (Nyahbingi Crew):

www.nyahbingicrew.com

www.myspace.com/nyahbingicrew

Thanks

Greetings!

Jordi “Leggo” Gramunt

Nyahbingi Sound

You can check the first edition of their 100% Dubplate Mix CD by clicking the covers:

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Alright, it’s interview time again!

This time we feature a young sound from the southwest of germany, that want to promote the real way of playing a sound to the audience. Talking bout big soundsystems, racks full up with effect-units, live chanting inna rasta way and so on.

As you already read a while ago, this sound was the initial inspiration for Sting like a Bee to start play Dances, so Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for the mighty Ganja Riddim Sound from Pforzheim, Germany

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

Greetings & Love! This is Ganja Riddim Sound, founded in Pforzheim and now based in Karlsruhe, Southwest Germany. We see ourselves as a humble but heavy Roots & Dub Sound and try to help establishing the Roots & Dub culture here in (southwest) Germany. Although we wouldn’t describe ourselves as 100% Rastas we are inspired by the idea and livity of Rastafari. Spreading Jah love & message and positive & upfull vibes to the audience is our aim.
Right now we are 2 active members: Jan & Alex. But we get support by different other people, especially Sebastian (Roots Ark Soundsystem) and Benny (Dub down Babylon / Youthstone Hi-Fi) in the last years and Sebi & Nic who help us to organize Sessions in our new hometown Karlsruhe.

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# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do all of you djing?

Well we were a crew of about 8 friends who have been interested in all kind of “underground” music styles: hiphop, jungle and reggae. We started playing records and doing freestyles at private partys and organizing sessions at about 1997. It was not our plan to become a “Sound” (also our name was just a spontaneous thing – in these days we were only interested in 2 things, you know…), all happened through a natural progression cause there was a big demand for sessions like ours and everything got bigger and bigger.

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# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We concentrate on deep & heavy Roots Reggae and Dub music, especially UK Dub. For us it is important to play music with a positive message, music we can “feel”. A lot of people in Germany associate boring and slow music with “Dub” – something we want to change! Heavy basslines and stepper riddims, powerful lyrics & chantings, crucial Dub-versions and top-notch productions – this is what we are dealing with! We don’t want to kill Sounds, we come to uplift Sounds & people!

# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Well the most important Session for us was the first Roots & Dub Dance with King Shiloh Soundsystem (Amsterdam) and The Disciples (London) in 2002. The year before we somehow lost the vibe and interest in Jamaican Dancehall music. We got bored of the lyrics, the productions and vibes but did not really know where to go musically. And this Session really opened our eyes and ears. From that night on we knew which road we have to take sound-wise. After that we did 5 more Session with King Shiloh and last summer we had the honor to play in Amsterdam on their set as the first German Sound.

Other inspiring Session were trips to foreign countries like our link up with Moa Anbessa in Venice and playing in Vienna or on festivals like Irie Vibes (Belgium) and the Fusion and many other nights we won’t forget.

Another big influence on our Sound-mentality had several trips to England to catch the original Soundsystem vibes and to learn what it means to play Roots & Culture music in a Rastaman tradition.

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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

For us it is important to keep on promoting Roots & Dub Soundsystem sessions. Therefore we concentrate on pushing crews which have their own boxes and equipment. Cause after all these heavy Soundsystem Sessions InI cannot do without heavy basslines and the special Soundsystem feeling –  who feels it knows it.
You know, it’s not all good what comes from The UK and what these Soundsystems do. The loudness for example is a serious point. We do not want to harm people with the music and it makes no sense to need earplugs when listening to music. But for us no Sound, no matter how many dubplates he got in his box, on a laptop or burned on CDs, can match up with the vibes of a crew with self build boxes, customized pre-amps, own chanters and special effects. Of course we also love to hear exclusive music, but for us it makes no sense to pay a huge amount of money to hear artists singing our name (which they do for countless other sounds in almost the same way). You also get exclusive music in Roots & Dub dances – in most cases this means unreleased tunes or one-away mixes you only get through a personal contact with the producers. This gives dubplates a deeper or more serious meaning in our opinion.
So as we did not have the time and possibility to run our own Soundsystem in the last years our big plan for the future is easy to guess: to build our own boxes & equipment and play the music we love in our own way.

# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

As I said, King Shiloh Soundsystem was and is our big inspiration. They taught us a lot of the Soundsystem culture and the approach as a rootical & conscious Sound.

For the UK Soundsystem scene Aba Shanti I is InI favourite Soundsystem heard live, but a lot of inspirational Sound come from over there… Can’t miss out old Jah Shaka tapes and sessions/ recordings of The Disciples, Iration Steppas, Channel One, Jah Tubby’s, King Earthquake, Bush Chemists, Alpha & Omega and many many more.

In Germany we have a strong link to Dandelion Soundsystem with which we did our first “german” Soundsystem Session. They put a lot of energy and love in the music & Soundsystem and Ical Ises (Selecta, Operater & Chanter) is spreading upfull vibes everytime – as one of the first also in german language, which is an important development from our point of view. In general it is good to see how the Roots & Dub culture is getting bigger in Germany over the last years. A lot of crews are coming up with their own Sounds, Labels get started, and the cooperation between the crews is very good – also through the help of the website www.rootssound.net. I am sure that there will be a lot of positive development in the next years! If you look to France you can see what is possible for Roots & Dub Soundsystems in Europe outside of the UK.

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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first dubplate was from a Studio Sessison with Ras Abraham and Jah Sesco from times where you could not order Dubplates online! ;-) We did not play it for a long time, but maybe it gets a dub steppers remix some day.

Our first “Anthems” were Flowin Immo’s “Jaman” and General Levy’s “Wicked”, which mashed up many dances in Pforzheim and around.

OK, thank you for the Interview Jan and do you have any last Words for the Readers?

Well, love &  respect to everybody who helps to spread positive Reggae vibes, it’s not easy to do it on a proper level and takes a lot of energy and love for the music – still it’s well worthy! Of course special thanks to Way above the Level for linking up and the good works.

If you want to contact Ganja Riddim feel free to send an email to jan.hecht [at] web.de or send a message via myspace.

Also, you can download our brand new Mix-CD called “Bass Culture Mix” here:

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Links to our older “Upliftment Mix” and “Roots & Culture Dubliftment” can be found on our Myspace-Blog.

Check out the coming generation of Roots & Dub Sounds in Germany… nuff tings a gwaan! JAH love and guidance & protection from Ganja Riddim!

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.

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# 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.

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# 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!

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# 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.

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# 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?

Have to promote our breddas from outta Holland! These men make serious big tunes, so make sure to check out tunes from big singers like Ziggi, Maikal X & Joggo. Big up yuhself kings!

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:

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CD1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GJZTDMLE

CD2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=W8HC0ZTA

CD3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CYX7ZEIV

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CD1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RYTCS73U

CD2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J2GU8WGS

CD3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LS2DH5CC

Well well, it took a long time, but I’m back with a new Interview!

This time we all take a look to the k.u.k. nation namely Austria and get used to the positive sound from Tragwein called

Good Vibration.

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

Well, this is Good Vibration also known as the positive sound from Austria.

The crew-members are so far: Highman (our Top-Selecta), Klopi (MC, Selecta, founding member and musical mastermind), Kutchie (MC, Selecta, Operator), Neule (Selecta, founding member, Soundengineer) and Rudy (Selecta, founding member, Management)

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# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

Good Vibration was established in 2003.

Klopi has been in the music biz over years and started djing around 1997, as well as Neule.

Highman – formerly Fireclath Sound – is selecting since 2000.

Kutchie is the veteran in the Sound – formerly Old Dog and Jah Power Sound member – spinning and operating since 1995.

Rudy has been listening to reggae music for a long time and started selecting around 2003.

# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We focus on reggae and dancehall, but Hip Hop, RnB and Soul are played as well.

Good Vibration is known for excellent juggling and speeches, perfect teamwork and the biggest and most powerful soundsystem in Austria.

In the early afternoon the crew begins stacking the soundwall for high quality entertainment, original soundsystem culture, simply jamaican style.

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# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Good Vibration has not been part of a soundwar till now, and clashing is not our first priority.

We`ve played  in Jamaica a couple of times.

These great experiences were really pathbreaking for us.

In Austria we have organized open air dances up to 2000 people and played alongside sounds like Bass Odyssey, Stone Love, Black Scorpio and so on.

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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

Step by step, we don`t rush it! Always working on our performance and skills. In the future Good Vibration should be well known in the international reggae scene.

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# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

Selecta Bert & Soundsgood Intl, Stone Loves’ art of juggling, Zee Original Bass Odyssey, King Jammys Super Power, Black Scorpio, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B…to many great artists and Soundsystems to mention.

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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

The first dubplate for Good Vibration has been voiced by Lone Ranger, and yes, we still play and enjoy  it.

Thank you very much for the Interview Good Vibration and good luck for the future!

Make sure to check out this 80min. Live-Audio of Good Vibration juggling.

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This time we feature a Sound from the east of europe, more exact, from Slovakia.

It’s the big, bad and bold Ghetto Youths Sound from Trencin.

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The Founder of the Sound, Dj MeSs, plays Reggae and Dancehall since one decade and tries to spread the music all over Slovakia.

Today he’s gonna answering my questions.

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

Ghetto Youths Sound is the number one soundsystem playing dancehall-reggae-soca in the region of Slovak Republic and its surrounds.

We have four members, the founder Dj MeSs , Andyman, Dj Simple Sample and Dj Young J.

# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

I have founded the sound in 1999, I can’t remember the exact date.
The same year is when I started djing.
Im going for the goal that people in Slovakia will know the spirit of dancehall, after 10 years, when the scene was down low to nothing, I can say, that much has changed, altough its hard to compare with western states of Europe.
The city that I come from lacks various cultural aspects, there aren’t many immigrants, that would raise interest of the population in dancehall and reggae culture as such.
In Slovakia, mainly the younger generation of people listens to Dancehall-Reggae, so I hope I can see, that in another 10 years the scene will be in a different place.
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# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

I play mainly dancehall, reggae and in mean time soca, which is all well
accepted in the audience.

Dancehall remains top! We have no border in inclining to hip-hop, r’n’b and reggaeton.

# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Slovakia is a country with not so many soundsystems and definitely not those which would play dubplates.

Therefor our Sound as such didn’t yet
take part in a clash, altough I, by myself, did it twice.

I have been in the final rounds of two “45 Clash”, which where based in Prague (Czech republic).

Both times I got myself up to the final round, and even though I could claim my stand, I wasn’t the winner, that the crowd selects – they gave the praise rather to their homie Dj – so the prize stayed in Prague.

In Slovakia we have organized the first clash “One Will Survive”, where Djs stood against each other, but we as the organizing party didn’t attend as a sound – in this form we made a perfect neutral ground – and playing in your own city wouldn’t be fair against the odds.

Concerning gigs, we are doing what we can, to bring in the best of the sounds that are abroad – altough we have to go under the conditions our country offers.

We have played alongside Soundbwoys Destiny (DE), Blessed Love (DE), Bad Fish (AT), Straight Up (FR) and with artist like Million Stylez, 3gga, Buddha Monk, and many others so far.

Dj Simple Sample along with his friends, organizes now the second sequel of reggae festival called Uprising, which was highly favoured the first year and took the scene a big step further.

A year ago, I, together with my team, have raised “Most High
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“, webportal, recording and producing
studio, which cares about our mixtapes and brings in the news about
Caribbean music, interviews with artists, sounds and lots of stuff, more to come…

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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

Shortterm and longterm plans are roughly the same, we enjoy djing,
increasing our dubplates library alongside with putting out mixtapes,
which we produce in the last few months in rapid firing.

We opt for having even more fans, not only for our sound, but for dancehall
generaly.

Wanting the culture to grow in form and the people to grow into more love, of what we love.

It is a long way, our sound has been working for 10 years without a break and I hope that we will succeed in another ten, entertaining the people in parties.

This journey, we take it as a mission!

Right now, Dj Simple Sample is getting the “Uprising
Mixtape” done and Im about to finish “Most High Mixtape vol.3″
alongsinde the third sequel of well fit “Socaration”.

Stay tuned!

# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

I am only answering this question for myself now.

When I was about 14 years old, the first time I found myself at a reggae party, Dj Ras Domcek was playing (at that time it was one of the first reggae parties). He is the first slovak reggae Dj and still performs.

This man charmed me so much, that the same year I’ve made a visit to Jamaica and I started to build the base of the sound.

There are a lot of sounds and artist that inspired me and influenced me, but I am talking about who opened my eyes and showed me the way that I was supposed to go with my life.

Big Respect for all the sounds and artist, that spread the positive
message.

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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Of course I can not forget the first plate!
In Montego Bay I have met an artist named Brilliant, who voiced my first dubplate.
From that time I started to collect dubplates and for long time I was the only in wholeplace to do that.
I used to play this dub for a nice part, but now-a-days I only pick it up for memories, but definitely will play it once more, when the right time comes.
OK, thank you for the Interview and I wish you all the best for the Sound in the future!
If you want to check out some of the sound mix cds, don’t hesitate and click the covers to download.

Dj MeSs presents Lee’tal Mixtape 2008
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Socaration presented by Dj MeSs 2008
Dj MeSs presented Socaration Mixtape 2008
Socaration 2 presented by Dj MeSs 2008
Dj MeSs presented Socaration 2 Mixtape 2008
Most High Mixtape vol.1 presented by Dj MeSs & Dj Simple Sample 2009
Dj MeSs & Dj Simple Sample presents Most High Mixtape vol.1 2009
Rising To The Top Mixtape 2009
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Most High Mixtape vol.2 presented by Dj MeSs & Dj Young J 2009
Dj MeSs & Dj Young J presented Most High Mixtape vol.2 2009

Seems like I’ve been lost in the north, since the new interview in this column features a Sound from Scandinavia, to precise it, from Sweden, again!

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Rough Lynx Sound hails from the second biggest swedish city Gothenburg, but the members lives all over Sweden now.

They’re not just a soundsystem, but also produces tuff digital riddims, some good bassline tunes and electro/house/whatever also.

Odiggity also have a really good blog of his own, in which he feature posts about hiphop, rnb, soul, grime, crate diggin’ and nuff other stuff.

OK, so let’s start the ball a roll.

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

We are Rough Lynx, baddest sound outta Sweden consisting of Andreas, Ant-E, David, Jonas and O-Diggity. We’re based in Sweden’s second biggest city Gothenburg.

# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

After collecting records for years David, Andreas & Jonas founded the sound in 2003. About a year after that childhood friends O-Diggity and Ant-E, who had just started a sound of their own, were invited to join us.

We have worked with a few different mic-men over the years including reggae artist and producer Kapten Röd (known for producing smash hit riddim Everyday), Splurt (who’s in now splitting his time between NYC, Jamaica and Sweden and Brian London.

# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We play just about everything from the 70’s rocksteady and roots business through digital 80’s and 90’s up to the latest dancehall and roots. We’ve always focused on quality rather than label or time period. We always try to dig deep and mixing up the more well known hits with obscure undercover tunes.

However, we are specialized in different periods and styles. For example, Andreas plays mainly 80’s digital and 90’s roots while Ant-E often showcase a bad boy 90’s selection. David plays the most up to the time selection while O-Diggity & Jonas can handle pretty much every era or style, O-Diggity can also cover Hip-Hop/RnB from all eras if that’s needed. It’s all about selecting the right music for the right crowd. Being five people with different areas of expertise we manage to adapt to pretty much any crowd we face.

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# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Well, we have two clash titles from the anually held West Coast Clash here in Sweden. In one we defeated Million Vibes (from Malmoe) in the dub fi dub and in the other long time rivals (and friends of course) Axxion Pack.

Regarding wicked dances we’ve had quite a few memorable moments. We’ve probably done 400+ dances throughout the years so it’s hard to pick one but the first couple of times at our first club ‘Knock Out’ back in 2003 were great. Packed venue, lots of people waiting outside that couldn’t get in and just great vibes.

Another time we warmed the crowd before a Barrington Levy show at the Gothenburg Reggae Festival. Barrington was the highlight of the festival so all people there had gathered at the main stage and we rocked it.

# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

We will continue to cut dubs and spin records when ever we get booked. We are split up between two cities, Gothenburg & Oslo, (soon to become three as O-Diggity moves to Stockholm this fall to study music production) and we are therefore able to let the sound grow to something even bigger.
And since all of us are doing other things besides spinning records such as music production, design & film making we will spread the Rough Lynx vibes through those channels aswell.

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# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

I guess we have quite a few influences considering that we’re five people in the sound. When we started out there wasn’t that many sounds in Sweden so I guess you could say that our friends in Axxion Pack Sound were an influence, being the biggest sound in our city.

As far as artists go, we have developed a special bond with a few singers and deejays that we continue to work with from time to time. Artists like Robert Lee, Ranking Joe ect..

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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

The three first dubs we cut were Simpleton (R.I.P) ‘Coca Cola Shape’, Everton Blender ‘The Man’ and a Jimmy London. We got them all at the same time and still play the Simpleton and Everton Blender. The Jimmy London has rested in the box for quite some time now without being pulled out.

Thank you for the Interview Rough Lynx, and you guys, please make sure to visit their myspace site, take in a show if they gonna make a appereance near you and get their newest mix, which is a tribute to legendary producer Gussie Clarke.

Alright, another time we take our looks up to the far north, and feature Norways premier Dancehall-Sound by the name of Raggabalder Riddim Rebels who have Oslo and the rest of the country locked for nearly 10 years.

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

We are Raggabalder Riddim Rebels, representing for Nordland (North of Norway), but living in Oslo.

Jan Skii Skii (Steezy)  is the main mic man, but he also does some selecting.

DJ Drahpaa just joined the sound last year, and he lives in Trondheim, Norway’s 3rd biggest city. He is in charge of everything digital, and linking us up with the newest tunes etc. He’s a true soldier, and after doing so much work for us, we had to ask him to join us officically.

I’m Joddski, and am the main selecta. I’m also on the mic when needed, and when the vibe is right I perform some tunes. I’m now a solo artist with an album coming this fall, but I was also the MC in legendary Norwegian hiphop act Tungtvann.

We released 4 albums, 3 ep’s, a dvd, some mixtapes and a best of-set before breaking up in 2007.

Jan Skii Skii was my sidekick in this band. You can check my tunes @  www.myspace.com/joddski

# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do all of you djing?

We founded Raggabalder in 2001 after returning from Summerjam in Cologne with our bags full of 7 inches. I was never a dj, I’ve always been a rapper and a singer, so that’s when I started. The only reason for that was to hear the music I loved in the club. Jan Skii Skii had played some in Tromsø (up north) before joining Tungtvann. It was more the need to spread the vibes, than to dj.

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# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

Raggabalder was started out of the frustration of the lack of hardcore dancehall being played in Oslo, so that has always been the main focus. When Raggabalder started out the scene in Oslo was based mainly on rasta music and foundation, and what got us interested originally was the hardcore, slackness and badman tunes. We always strive to be up to the time with the selection and see it as our mission to spread the bashment vibes in Norway. Of course, I can also play everything from foundation to 80’s, and Jan Skii Skii likes the nu roots style a lot. We also see it as our duty to spread European reggae, and we like to help buss new artists from our region. If you download our latest mix “Knockin Like A Hammer Pon Ur Fukking Door”, we’ve included artists from Denmark, Sweden, Holland, UK, Poland and Germany. We’re not afraid to go a little bit eclectic either, as we never tried to sound like this or that sound. We’re proud of where we come from and let that reflect in our playing.

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# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Well, many things come to mind. Of course being voted best Oslo club of the year in 05 was good. The club we won with at Living Room had many crazy sessions. Morgan Heritages sound system show was wicked as well, and selecting for Cutty Ranks..Playing Poland was a great experience too, and our stint at Blå in Oslo had some legendary nights. Man, Too Many sessions. Our latest mix “Knocking Like A Hammer Pin Ur Fukkin Door” was a highlight as well.

(Download by rightclickin’ the frontcover)

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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

For now we’re laying a little bit low, since we’re focusing on the Joddski album that’s dropping in August. We’re still gonna do some sessions in Oslo and Nordland, and we’re going to Sweden to play again soon. After that we’re planning to drop a new mix before christmas, and we’re gonna start planning our 10 year anniversary for 2011, which is going to be huge! We’re also going to Jamaica for the first time this year. Other than that, we want to continue touring, and most definitely play more in the eastern parts of Europe. We already did Poland twice and Czech Republic three times, and we love the vibes!

# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

The Germaica label was important when we started, picking up the Bitch riddim and realising pure dancehall was made in Europe. Of European acts, definitely Raggasonic from France was a huge influence in the mid 90’s. On a more local level, Gothenborg’s Axxion Pack Sound just came out when we started, and their early mixes was important for us at that time. Other than that we really strive to keep our own vibe, but there’s tons of people we look up to and respect. The first dancehall albums I bought was Papa San “Fire Inna Dancehall” and Shabba Ranks “As Raw As Ever”.

# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

I believe that the first dub we voiced was with the swedish dancehall artist Jogi. He was one of the first artists we brought over to our club in Oslo, and he has since become a good friend. We actually play it every now and then still.

Thanks then Joddski, and good luck for the future!

Big up everytime.

Some of Raggabalders wicked Mix CDs to download:

KNOCKIN’ LIKE A HAMMER PON UR FUKKIN’ DOOR

DRUNK TILL WE STAGGERING

THESE ARE THE FUCKING DAYS

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This time we take a look at a young sound from Germany, that is well known for their excellent way of cutting dubs, and, with the help of those dubs, winning the Uptown Skanking Clash Final 2008 in Mainz, Germany.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Sting like a Bee from Pforzheim!

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

Yeah, this is Sting like a Bee Soundstation, named after the punch of the world renown “greatest of all times” Muhammad Ali.

Sting consists of 4 members:  Marcus (MC & beyond), Feb (selecta), Steve (selecta & web guru) and the currently rather inactive Nick (MC).

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# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do all of you djing?

Well Sting was founded in august 2003 by Marcus. Feb joined immediately, Nick about half a year after that. Steve used to play a sound called “Mighty Dragon” (based in Pforzheim too) those times.

We already knew each other quite well back then and in 2006 we decided to join forces.

Me (Marcus), i’ve been into music a long time, bought my first turntables in 98 (unless i’m very much mistaken) tho i was into hip hop back then.

Feb was inspired by his older brother and started selecting around 2002,  i think that was around the time Steve started spinning too.

Nick and me were schoolmates back then, and i think we both fell in love with reggae at the same time (ca. 2000)

# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

Contrary to what a lot of people might think, I feel we’re quite versatile.

We all got our favorite styles, I’m into vocals a lot, Steve loves the “digital” and rub a dub stuff and Feb keeps track of the new tunes.

Nevertheless we all share a strong passion for timeless music and don’t follow anything we don’t really feel.

Right now i think the only styles you will never hear Sting playing are soca and daggerin tunes, lol.

# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Aside from the 2 clashes, that is hard to tell. Picking 2 out of many great nights:

Playing in Vienna, Austria was wicked (and our first time playing abroad), the early dances at Club Zollamt (Stuttgart) were mad too (incl. a dance with Jeru the Damaja performing live on the sound).

Basically we enjoy playing everywhere people rate good music.
Since we had a strong focus on soundclashes from day one, I got to mention the Uptown Skankin Clashes.

Winning those 2 clashes gained us more recognition than anything before, and we were really overwhelmed with the positive feedback from all around the globe.

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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

June 5th 2009 we will war it out with Ivory Sound in their backyard in Belgium.

Like i said Soundclash is an important part of Sting’s policy, but generally speaking we wanna play out as much as possible, keep the sound rollin and growin to the best of our abilities and gaining more recognition, both in germany and internationally.

# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

Ok, now soundwise you just have to mention Stone Love, although i gotta admit the so called “War Sounds” (like Jaro, LP Intl. Addies etc) probably had a bigger impact on us.

Like most sounds who love vintage music Downbeat played an essential role in our musical evolution.

Speaking of germany Soundquake is the sound I always admired the most, but of course sounds like Sentinel or Supersonic are well respected too.

Then again the initial inspiration to found an own sound came from a Pforzheim based sound called Ganja Riddim, established in 98 I think.

Influential artists; (way too many to mention all of them, but in order to name some at least) i’d say Luciano really is our singer, along with the usual suspects like Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk etc.

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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first dubplate, i think a Westmoreland based Deejay called “Platinum” gave us that and No, we don’t play it anymore lol.

The first big artist we voiced was Yami Bolo (late 2003) and this one will definitely be played forever…

OK, thank you for the Interview Marcus and do you have any Last Words for the Readers?

Nuff respect to everybody out there who has shown us love thruout the years, special shout out to Belly Ranx for the wicked blog and the work you put in.

If you wanna contact Sting like a bee feel free to send an email to contact [ät] stinglikeabee [dot] de, or send a myspace message.

Make sure to check us out live whenever we feature in an event near you.

Bless, Sting Crew

So People, if you wanna hear Sting like a Bee in Action make sure to download the two Uptown Skankin’ Clashes they won from Guns-E-Num Clash Promotion, or take a slice of their

Best kept Secret Dubplate Mix.

As the column keeps growing and growing, this time we take a look to the middle east and feature a sound from Israel called “Abuya“.

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They’re well known for bringing the original style of Jugglin’ to the rural areas of Israel, they promoting their own events, gone on a successful europe tour last year, steady releasing mix-cds and continue to push Dancehall-Reggae in Israel.

Let’s keep the Ball a roll like this:

# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

ABUYA SOUND Members: Smadicriss (MC, Selector) Rocker-i (Selector) Ronni (Selector) & Dani Cure (Selector & Booking + Management)

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# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

Abuya was founded by Smadicriss & Rocker-i in 2005 in the rural area of northern Israel and quickly began to climb up the top of the reggae\dancehall scene in the country.

In 2007 Ronni & Dani Cure joined the sound and ABUYA stepped up the game to become one of Israel’s finest Jugglin’ Sounds.

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# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We believe that a sound have to be versatile and knowledgable in all genres of jamaican culture, whether it’s foundation music (rocksteady, roots, rub a dub) or hardcore dancehall.

Abuya is the sound that gets the most bookings in israel because of that ability – to play everything and to adjust the various selection to a various crowd.
Reggae Dances outside of Tel Aviv are more culture-like, more rootical and carry a nice vibes to them, while the Tel Aviv Massive are die-hard Dancehall Fans… forward the latest riddims, know the lyrics, craziness!
We play allover the country, but it is safe to say that the vibes in Tel Aviv are the baddest, while we juggle straight dancehall up to soca music. Straight Dagga. Lol
# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

Trough we are a young sound, we have a lot a head of us but we do share some local cornermarks.
Like the 3rd Anniversary we did in Tel Aviv long side LP Intl.
That dance did mad, not a single 45 did play that night, it was a 100% Dubplate Jugglin Session.
Or the European tour we did in september 2008, playin in Italy, Germany, Holland & Finland longside good friends like Herb-a-lize it, I-Shence, Komposti, Supersonic and more.
It was an important and great experience for us.
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# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

Future plans? Well, lately we’re all kinda busy…university…jobs…life in general :) so basically we concentrating in juggling whenever we can and keeping our own dances from time to time hosting some major forces from Europe (Supersonic, Herb-a-lize it, I-shence).
We really hope to check Yard again in the near future cause thats still the best place to catch vibes, voice dubs and maybe spin some tunes here and there.
When we look at the long run plans we definitly would like to take part in a sound clash and buss Abuya in that department also, its gonna take us a few years still, but yes, to kill sound is a must!
# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

Our influences are varied… from listening to old cassettes from yard to legends like King Stur Gav, Jah Love, Jaro, Stone Love up to newer generation like Bass Odyssey… and down to sounds that we just rate and they are like family to us on a personal level – like Supersonic and I-Shence.
Each one teach one.
Artists that we rate is hard to answer… far too many to mention… we just love jamaican music. I think thats good enough…
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# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first dubplate was a Sugar Minott dub we voiced at Youthman Promotion Studios in Kingston, in 2006… yes, we still play it from time to time.
Thank you for the Interview and big up all of you, Abuya.
Make sure to check the myspace page and their newest double mix cds called “Abuyaka” and “Life Sweet”!
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This time we’re heading another time to the north of europe, where the guys from Komposti Sound, out of Helsinki, holding it down for Finland since nearly one decade.

They are known for excellent artist- and soundsystem-bookings in Finland, decent mix-cds, playing gigs all over europe and, of course, their weekly radio-show on Radio Helsinki.

So we don’t waste no time and keep it short and spicy.

Here we go!

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# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

We are Komposti Sound, also known as Finland’s Finest.

We are the biggest, best and most hard working sound from Scandinavia.

Our crew has five members, out of which three are really active when playing out.

I, Bommitommi, am one of the founding members of the sound. I am – as they tell me – the president of the sound – I am a selector, take care of our sound’s and our club’s bookings and do much of keeping contact with the outside world – like cutting dubplates and such.

I am also a music producer, label owner and mixing engineer by profession and thus do most of our studio work.

My work outside the sound includes mastering, mixing albums, building riddims and producing albums for Finnish artists.

I have also been managing, booking shows and building careers for several artists in Finland, like Raappana and our sound system’s very own Paarma.

I’ve been working with reggae in Finland full-time since the year 2000 or so and am very thankful for being able to stay busy with things I love doing.

Musically I don’t really give myself too strict boundaries apart from good Jamaican music – I love rocksteady ,early 80s dancehall and late 90s/early 2000s one drops very much, but tend to be the one playing the prime time selections at parties with mostly new tunes – which I love as well.

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The next founding member, Enrico, is nowadays somewhat of a foundation specialist in our sound. He often plays trademark warmups at our clubs with a selection of his favorite rocksteady, roots & early dancehall selections though he might drop a Bugle or two in between without warning.

Enrico also started MC’ing on our sound one time when one of our full-time MCs went missing for several days and hasn’t stopped since.

Enrico is the other half of our team doing our every Monday radio shows – where, like the clubs, he often playes the first foundation part of the show.

Enrico is still sticking to vinyl even the rest of us have Serato’d ourselves a long time ago.

He also does most of the graphic design for our posters.

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Our newest member, VG+, is both an exceptionally good selector and our most active MC.

We invited him to join our sound as a full-time member at September 2008 when we need someone to lift some of the workload off our shoulders.

Only thing it seems it didn’t really work out that way – our bookings have pretty much doubled from since so we all have even more work to do nowadays.

VG+ used to be a member of a Jyvaskyla-based sound called Loudness when he lived there for some years and we booked him to our club as a regular guest after learning he had a skill for selecting good tunes with thought for any crowd as well as hosting himself on the mic.

Him being a selector makes a big difference when MC’ing – he knows all the tunes just as good as the rest of us and is instrumental in keeping the flow of music meaningful, lively and tight when we play.

Bommitommi on the selection and VG+ on the microphone is the lineup you’re most likely to see on stage when checking us out anywhere at prime time.

VG+ also plays a mad soca and daggering selection when needed and can be rightfully called the soca specialist in our sound.

He has been infected by the 90s one drop / rub a dub bug and he’s the one hosting our new every Wednesday club Rub A Dub in Helsinki, focusing on “real reggae music”.

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A longtime member and a friend of mine since we were kids, Paarma, is a very well known personality in the Finnish reggae scene. Though not very active in the sound anymore, the guitarist – turned MC – turned artist Paarma has hosted countless sound nights, played shows in backing bands of artists and MC’d festival shows since the late 90s.

Paarma, who released his solo album “Pida Liekkis” in 2005, is nowadays active in several succesful reggae / soul / afrobeat / children’s music bands in Finland.

Paarma was pretty much the first real MC in Finnish sound systems who really put effort into the thing.

Another MC member of our sound, Bongo Rhino / Reino, is also a full-time artist / movie star nowadays.

Well before reaching the age to be able to go legally to clubs, he was hustling his way in by MC’ing / singing and playing bongos on our sound system. His soundsystem-backed soulful singing style is somewhat unique nowadays and has taken him (as well as into countless girl’s hearts) into big success with his soul outfit Reino & the Rhinos who released their debut album in 2008.

Reino also hosts his own Naamantai club on Mondays in Helsinki where he manages to make people first real angry and soon real happy with his selection of good reggae and soul music and his somewhat stress-free-free-to-go-anywhere MC’ing style.

One of the most popular Finnish reggae artists ever, Jukka Poika, also used to be a part of the sound when it was founded, singing & MC’ing on the sound.

He soon after moved to the countryside and has from since kept himself busy releasing albums and living a simple life…

# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

Funnily enough, we don’t know exactly the date of birth of our sound as we played the first dance alongside Enrico some time in the year 2000 and soon after started throwing parties of our own.

For the sake of official birthdays we use spring 2001 as our starting point when keeping birthday dances (always the best).

Both me & Enrico have been playing records from our late teens in the 90s and really started focusing on reggae music when we formed Komposti and also started our radio show on Radio Helsinki.

# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We play quite a lot of things but always the music we love to play.

Though we always play for the crowd we have noticed sticking to things that we know & love always works best.

The typical prime time selection of ours consists of our favorite fresh one drop & dancehall tunes – the Helsinki crowd is very up to date with new things and we love to buss new things we love.

Though we mostly play new Jamaican music, we also features tunes from all over the world – as long as it’s good and it fits the selection.

When it comes to warmup we love to play everything positive in the history of reggae music – a typical night at Reggae Sundays might include rocksteady, early 80s dancehall, early 90s dancehall, late 90s one drop, UK lovers style, 70s roots, fresh one drop, fresh dancehall to soca and daggering.

We try to keep a certain logic within mixing tunes both musically and in carrying a point – though we love reggae and dancehall also as pure music the fact that it is music with a message cannot be overlooked – whether the message was about simply having fun or shining a light pon reality issues.

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# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

We have had many of them and it’s hard to say which ones are the most important.

Komposti has won the Finnish soundclash championship 3 times out of four, respectively in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and especially when the dub / clash thing was new to us we got a lot of energy from it.

Nowadays it doesn’t feel as important to us though we all enjoy the drama of good speeches and mad dubs a lot still – maybe it’s more that we don’t feel we need to constantly prove ourselves.

I also found the formats and the rules for clashes nowadays a bit limiting and sometimes think that the popularity of dubs & clashing in Europe has taken the clash scene to a bit stiffer and less original direction – I do feel that rules like having to play dub-fi-dub and especially having to play “foundation artists” in dub-fi-dub is what you NEED to do are very forced and are usually only based on very vague concepts of “what they do over there where this originally comes from”.

Honestly, if you look at the kids who go to dances and clashes nowadays Sizzla, Luciano, Bounty Killer and Beres are foundation – even too old sometimes to be interesting .. :) My nicest “clash” experiences have been some dances where somebody gets challenged and a “war” comes out of the blue unplanned – though alcohol often has a strong influence on this, lol.

We’ve “clashed” Civalizee at our own club both so drunk we barely remembered it the following day (we did record it and it was kinda wicked if funny to rass) – we also “clashed” Panza once by “who can play the sillier dubplate”.. ;)

The most important cornermarks honestly for our sound must have been the founding of our regular clubs – especially the latest one, Reggae Sundays which has been soon running for two years.

Over the 100 last Sundays we have hosted dances for tens of big-name international sound systems and artists that have all got a warm reception and strong support at the dance.

From the sound visits I would say last weekend’s dance with Silly Walks with the club as packed as possible was one of the nicest in the history of music.. But then again there were so many other good nights (visits of many others like Rodigan, Mighty Crown, Supersonic, Sentinel, Stone Love, Collie Buddz, Pressure, Konshens etc – and some mad nice shows we played by ourselves or at festivals in Finland) it would be unfair to call one of them the best.

Almost every night we play there is a lot we can be thankful for – and in a way I like to think every night is the best or at least has the elements of being the best ever.

We do not linger – we strive to do what we do always a bit better to keep things moving and the people satisfied.

For us travelling abroad to play is always a big motivational factor – all of us enjoy travelling and playing for different audiences and we’ve had the blessing of being able to do so for quite a while.

Over the years, our sound system has taken us to many places, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Russia and even China.

Even though I’d honestly say our sound has only reached the level of quality I’m happy with playing abroad some time last year pretty much all the shows have been succesful and we’ve met a lot of new friends on the road.

# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

We strive to keep our own club things and radio shows as high quality as possible and try and push the Finnish scene to a next level still.

In this the focus is on carefully planning the club bookings to provide the best possible program for the best possible dates and having the best possible amount of people there to experience it.

Nowadays we also do some co-operation with bigger Finnish festivals which makes it possible to see some artists we simply couldn’t afford to bring to Finland by ourselves.

Personally, I am still looking forward as a challenge to taking some of my producing-skills to a next level – I have produced music for tens of Finnish artists and put out tens of thousands of copies of succesful albums and I would love to work more with Jamaican artists.

I feel music is a road that we will keep walking. It’s not like a mountain where you climb and climb and then reach the top and feel satisfied but rather something that you will have with you every day till the rest of your life.

We will do our best to keep what we do as good as we can in a positive way and enjoy whatever little is achieved by doing so.

# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

From sound systems, one of the biggest influences for me used to be Supersonic from Germany.

They were actually one of the first big-name sounds we ever booked to play Finland – Panza and Spida have visited many times since.

Panza is nowadays a good friend and I’ve been influenced a lot by his taste in music.

Especially at the time we were voicing a lot of dubs I used to kind of think hype was the biggest and best thing you can achieve when playing sound – massive forwards with proper tune selection and on-point speech.

Sounds like Sentinel and Mighty Crown have definitely been influences in that sort of playing.

I could maybe count in Rodigan to this category though he doesn’t really fear to go down the slow tune road every now and then even in prime time.

Musically I would say my biggest heroes nowadays are selectors who dont worry about going outside the regular box.

Two of my favorite sounds in EU nowadays are Boss Hi Fi from Switzerland and Silly Walks from Germany.

What I enjoy about their playing style is they are able to combine very well known music and something you never heard in a way that no dancer can resist.

Even though I love finding things I never heard before I don’t really like a stamp-collector’s way of looking for rare tunes or even cutting rare to unknown artists on dub just for the sake of being hard-to-find.

To me, when a sound plays, musical appeal always comes first – though now that I think of it of course we often find sometimes clearing the dancefloor several times at first when bussing a new tune … the third or fourth time usually pays off, though.. lol!

I do take influences everywhere but do my best not to copy anybody’s style.

All the sounds mentioned above are important to me because I’ve had the chance to reason about music with the crew, as well as experience the sounds playing.

I do this a lot – discuss music with people – laugh about tunes, find new meanings to things, try to present things I found and dont feel are getting as much exposure as possible. To me this seems like the only way – I am not gonna just check what’s supposed to be hot right now somewhere else (though I also do that), but rather make an effort to adapt things I find love for in the culture and environment surrounding me.

On the artist side there are simply too many great artists to mention – both musically and in person. In my experience being a reggae selector and radio DJ in Europe is quite a thankful thing to do – apart from some Jamaican people thinking you earn a lot ;) – the network in Europe is very positive-minded and most of the Jamaican artists and producers treat you with respect and professionalism.

# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

The first dubplates we voiced were by Finnish artists and in Finnish.

Some of them are kind of legendary still and we do sometimes drop a tune or two to bless a certain dance.

First artists outside Finland to voice were Anthony Johnson, Earl 16 and Cornell Campbell. They don’t really get played that much – but are still very much inside the box ;)

Nowadays our dub cutting style has changed to a much more friendly way though sometimes we still kill idiot sounds when necessary.

We’ve done quite a bit of an effort to bless the regulars at our dances in Helsinki with dubs with true meaning to the massive – sometimes tunes that are barely known anywhere else get mad forwards in Helsinki just through us building local anthems of them.

I do think seriously though – even we love to introduce ourselves with some dubs and get all hypey hypey every now and then – that any sound that needs dubplates to mash up a dance should keep on practicing.. :)

Alright, thank you Tommi for your time!

If you want to know more about Komposti check their myspace page and for mixes, videos etc go to their Facebook Group here:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=13746370076