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We’re launching the Reggae Roast Soundsystem this weekend and we’ve asked the legendary DJ Vadim to join us on the set! Vadim kindly recorded this ruffneck mix to promote the session and you can download it for free!
Info on our Soundsystem Launch Party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442476656014497/
We also caught up Vadim to talk about his latest LP ‘Dubcatcher’ and his time in the music industry….
1. Easy Vadim! Let’s get the introductions out of the way; can you let our readers know a little bit about yourself?
I am a DJ / Producer hailing from East London! I started DJing in 1989 and making music in ’92. I released my first record in ’95, signed to Ninja Tune in ’96. Stylistically I specialise in Reggae / Hip-Hop. Anything from Lover’s Rock, Ska, Roots, Dubby stuff, Digital Bashment, Dancehall, Jungle and of course Hip-Hop to get the people jumping… love my soul too…
2. You’ve been very busy as of late with your new album ‘Dubcatcher’ which is something a little bit different from your previous works, what inspired the change?
It’s not so much a change, more of a progression or evolution. From the very first record I ever made Reggae has been an huge influence. Especially listening to artists like Yabby You, Sly & Robbie, Coxsonne etc… so yeah, the new album is a walk more into the Reggae sides but its always been there, it’s not like I used to do Techno and now Reggae!!! I’ve been collaborating with Demolition Man since 2001 so that’s 13 years!!! I think also music has gone full circle and a lot of people are exploring the roots of the Bass music surge we have now and as a producer I guess I have been expoloring that too.
3. Soundsystem is the cornerstone of Reggae based music and you are joining us for the launch of our brand new one this month, who are your favourite sounds and why?
Well there are so many… Channel One kill it but so does Shaka…. so many good sounds out there and not just from London but Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool… I think YT names nearly every sound in the UK on his song ‘England Story’!
4. You’ve worked with some of the greats throughout your career, which artist(s) really stand out for you?
Well Demolition Man and me go back long time and so does Yarah Bravo…
5. I read somewhere that you do close to 200 shows every year! How do you find the time to still make music so prolifically and tour to that extent?
hahaha well you’ve got to pay the phone bill somehow!
I make most of my music on my laptop then come home and finish it off in the studio.
6. The video from the first single from ‘Dubcatcher’, ‘Hope’, you showed off your collection of vintage turntables, does vinyl still hold much appeal for you?
Of course. I love the black crack, I still have shit loads of records…music does sound so much better on vinyl. Unfortunately most people may never truly hear how good music can really be, I suppose it’s a bit like comparing Mcdonald’s to a real home cooked meal!
7. Seeing as you’ve lived all over the world, what’s your favourite city and why?
Well I always seem to come back to London!!
8. What would be an average day for you at the moment?
Right now it’s been decorating for the last 3 weeks, I’m doing my whole house up. It’s been 10 years so far so there’s a lot to do. In general aside from that it’s really varied, anything from answering emails, social network stuff to driving to airports, train stations, flights, never ever getting good wi-fi connection, iPhone battery dying on me to (if I’m lucky!) being in the studio and making music!
9. What are your top three tunes currently?
Dreadsquad – Boom Tune
Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Serious Time
Ghost Writerz – Back It Up
10. What’s next for DJ Vadim?
More people to get dancing, more music to make, more life to live and hopefully enjoy!
Fore more info on DJ Vadim check out his website here: www.djvadim.com/
Uk soundsystem & Notting Hill Carnival veterans have had several objections to their licence application for their annual Notting Hill Carnival appearance. The Council are taking this seriously and we need to fight our corner.
Our friends over at Start Dreading The News are back with another top interview from one of Reggae music’s most prolific artists, Earl 16…..
We have been given two tickets to see the mighty Cornel Campbell in Camden this Saturday alongside The Soothsayers to give away to one lucky reader, all you have to do is answer the following question….
Q: What’s the name of Cornel Campbell’s debut album released by Trojan in 1973?
Please send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org, winners will be informed by email on Thursday 10th July.
We’re excited to announce that our latest release, The Drop – ‘Waiting For’, is out today! The single also features mixes from LV (Hyperdub) & The Future Dub Project and you can pick it up from all good digital download sites! Check the video out below……
To celebrate the release of The Drop’s debut single on Reggae Roast we asked them to put together a mix for a on-going podcast series. Packed full of exclusive tracks and brand new productions, this mix is sure to get you in the mood for summer…..
‘Waiting For’ includes remixes from LV (Hyperdub) & The Future Dub Project….
Listen to the full release here
Give thanks to I-Mitri & the whole UNOD team for putting together a wicked line up & festival, for those of you that missed it, here’s what went down.
Back once again! We’re now on Volume 11 of our Podcast series and we thought we’d invite our next #SundaySkank special guests to mash it up! Sleepy Time Ghost & Zico are part of the illustrious Unit 137 crew outta South London and have in some way or another been responsible for the resurgence of UK based Reggae music in recent years. We caught up with duo ahead of their Reggae Roast show to ask them about their time in the music industry and what the future has in store for them.
You can check these guys live & direct next week inna Camden for our #SundaySkank session. For more info CLICK HERE……
RR: Easy lads! Most of the Reggae Roast followers will of course know about you, however, can you give us a brief introduction?
Zico: I am one of the lead singers in the heavyweight UK Reggae band onlyjoe and a member of the Unit 137 family.
Sleepy: I’m a producer & selector and part of Unit 137. Unit 137 is a record label, studio, sound-system and crew. I’m also involved in a project called Ghost Writerz, which is a duo including Jimmy Screech and myself.
RR: Can you tell us a little bit about the history the crews / bands you are both affiliated with?
Zico: I started working with onlyjoe about 4 years ago. I was introduced to some top musicians, who are now some of my top bredrins! Family business! onlyjoe was partly the basis for the creation of Unit 137. We all work very closely on different collaborations. Being a part of onlyjoe and Unit 137 has given me the chance to meet and work with some amazing people. It’s a true blessing!
Sleepy: I first linked up with the crew (Unit 137) about 3 or 4 years ago when it was formerly known as Organix. Back then we mainly put on events and collaborated musically.
RR: We’ve got you both coming down to play at our Sunday Skank session next week, can we expect anything special / brand new from you?
Zico: My first Sunday Skank!!! Really looking forward to it and big shout out to Reggae Roast for the love! I’m sure Sleepy will have a few surprises in his bag!
Sleepy: Definitely expect lots of exclusives! I will be bringing a load of my latest productions, as well as some from the rest of the crew.
RR: Sleepy, you recently released “The Ghost Train Riddim” on Unit 137 for Record Store Day 2014 (on which Zico features), how did that project come about?
Sleepy: I built the riddim a few years back now. We recorded Mikey General on the riddim last year when he was over in the UK. After recording this version it was decided that the riddim was something that could be released on the label, which led to getting the version recorded with Macka B & Zico.
RR: Sleepy, there has been a lot of hype and radio play surrounding your new sound, The Ghost Writerz, can you tell us about the project and what’s next for you?
Sleepy: There is some very exciting stuff in the pipeline. This summer we will be releasing our first full release on a big independent label (soon to be named). We also have remixes coming out on Nice Up! and BBE records, so lots to keep an eye out for. More information is set to drop very soon…
RR: You’ve both no doubt got plenty of festivals booked up this summer, which ones are you looking forward to?
Zico: Boomtown is always epic! Lions Den stage was next level last year, so I am looking forward to that one…
Sleepy: Lots to look forward to this summer. Playing at Boomtown, Boom Bap, Bestival and also the Hell Stage at Glastonbury. Looking forward to them all! Boomtown is always a really special one! We are running our own stage this year alongside Trinity & Lionpulse.
RR: Always a difficult question I know but who are your influences and why?
Zico: Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Gregory Issacs, Alton Ellis, Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet, Al Campbell…the…list…goes….on! Any singer who can make you feel what they’re singing inna your soul!
Sleepy: All sorts really. I listen to a massive mixture of music. I’ve been blessed to be around some very talented musicians, producers and vocalists who have all helped influence, teach and inspire me over the years.
RR: Top Three Tunes at the moment?
Zico: GHOST TRAIN RIDDIM 1,2,3! Ha!
Sleepy: Protoje feat. Chronixx – Who Knows, Capital Letters – Fire, Jacob Miller – Forward Ever Backwards Never
RR: What are your thoughts on the scene in the UK at the moment?
Zico: I think the scene is growing and moving forward! Loads of established acts are doing well, and I know there are great new acts making there way through. Look at how far onlyjoe and Unit 137 have come. Lionpulse Sound in Bristol are representing hard! It’s all about being positive, learning from the old and embracing the new. It can only be good for the scene, seeeeeeeeeen? Seen.
Sleepy: The scene seems to be growing in a really positive way. There are lots of wicked nights happening all across the UK. Young crews, sound-systems and artists are coming through, as well as there being an ever growing appreciation for the more established sound-system’s and artists.
RR: Describe your sound in three words…..
Sleepy: SOUND SYSTEM MUSIC
For more info on Unit 137 check out their website: http://unit137.com/