Words by Misbah…..
It’s been a busy Summer so far for Reggae Roast and we are almost halfway through it all! But fear not, in just a couple of days we will be at the Boomtown fair, along with one of the largest Reggae and Dub line-ups you’ll see at any festival in the UK! We spoke to Adam Prescott ahead of the festival about Reggae Roast and how he got involved with it all.
How did you begin working with the Reggae Roast?
It all started about two years ago, I was in contact with Greg (Excel) and sent over a few tunes and we had a few discussions about remixes, collabs etc. However Greg left for pastures new and I got speaking with James (Moodie Ranking) and ended up remixing Earl 16 for RR011. From there I started helping on the blog and social media as well as playing at the events and doing more remixes. I suppose it was a natural progression that I moved to London from Nottingham to work at the label full time.
Would it be fair to say you guys have stepped it up with the events this year?
Yeah We’ve really tried to spread the Reggae Roast message across the UK this year, We’ve done takeovers in Manchester, Leeds & Bristol since I joined about a year ago and We’ve had some really positive feedback about the sessions. Add to that the takeover We did at Glastonbury I really feel we are picking up some real momentum.
Although James started the Reggae Roast, he is not the central focus of the collective right? Can you explain a bit of the thinking behind this?
Good vibes have always been the focus, as far as I can make out to be honest. Good music, exciting releases, quality merchandise and wicked soundsystem sessions. Since Steve (Vibration Lab) & I joined the team we now have our own music production team and James oversees the business as a whole. We have started the ball rolling on the creation of our own Reggae Roast soundsystem as well which we are all really excited to see come together.
Do you feel like advances in technology will continue to encourage new takes on the classical reggae sound?
Better technology as far as I’m concerned can only be a good thing. You’ve only got to look at what King Tubby was doing back in his heyday and the technological advances he pioneered to see that technology in music is not a bad ting at all. I do however draw the line when the machine takes over and there is no human element left to the sound, I find that very cold and pretty boring if I’m honest.
You’ve had a release on Mindstep along with the Reggae Roast label and Nice Up! What direction do you see your sound heading in?
I never really know where a song is going to end up, I start with an idea and it turns out nothing like I envisaged it to be. That’s why I don’t go under an alias so that I can make what I want, whether it’s Roots, Dub, Steppas, Drum & Bass or Dubstep. As long as there is a strong Reggae element and it sounds good then I’m happy.
This august you will be playing at Boom Town which now in it’s fifth sold out year focus on all aspects of bass music, with a particular focus on dub and roots and the many genres that have followed, what stands it out from the others for you?
I’ve never actually been! I’ve heard a lot of good reports and a lot of friends are going to be there so I am really looking forward to it. I’m also playing on the main stage (Lion’s Den) with Parly B, which is a bit of a big deal for me as there are some really big names on that line up!
Could you pick out a couple of acts from the line up you’ll be making sure to catch?
Definitely gonna go and check Shaka for sure. Also Unit 137 & Lionpulse Sounds are taking over the Aztec bar all weekend and they are good friends so I’m gonna go and watch them mash it up as always. To be honest there are too many people I would like to see but if Boomtown is like any other festival I’ve been to chances are I won’t end up seeing half of what I wanted to see because of one thing or another. Headliner wise however it’s got to be Gentleman & the secret headliner.
Is there a Reggae Roast radio slot in the pipeline somewhere?
At some point in the future perhaps, at the moment we’ve got so much on and it’s a big commitment to take on. We’re holding out for Rinse or something on the BBC anyway!
What was it like playing at Glastonbury earlier this summer?
Glastonbury was a bit of an eye opener! I had never been as a punter so I tried to take in the whole experience as much as possible. We all went down on the Tuesday so we got to see how everything gradually built into the madness of the weekend; it’s nothing like how it is on TV. We smashed our takeover of the Cave (The Common) on the Friday; people were queuing for an hour to get in for the majority of the night and we had a waterfall at the entrance, nuff said…..
If you want to catch either Adam or Reggae Roast set times are below:
Reggae Roast – Friday – 10pm – Hidden Woods Stage
Adam Prescott & Parly B – Sunday – 1:30pm – Lion’s Den Stage