Premiere Caribbean entertainment company Irish and Chin gained invaluable insight and exclusive footage for their popular in-depth web series SOUND CHAT TV on irishandchin.com during a recent 10 day trek to the U.K. The purpose of this intense visit, which was coordinated by Valerie of V Rocket sound system, was to obtain exclusive interviews from legendary U.K. contributors of the sound system movement, channeling U.K. sound system culture from past to present. This trip was long overdue as painting a full picture of sound system culture has been incomplete without the "untold" stories of U.K. greats. With the union of artists and sounds serving as a vital component of sound system history, it was a pleasure to run into veteran artists now residing in the U.K., such as Michael Prophet, Bunny Lie Lie, Jimmy London and more.
Describing his U.K. journey as "eye opening," Irish and Chin co-founder and show host Chin ventured into London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and other locales to speak with key players in the sound system movement. Building vibes during every interview with the greats, Chin uncovered information and history that will rock the new season of SOUND CHAT TV. He suggests that the new season will be a great vehicle of knowledge for all, but believes that new sounds may benefit the most. As the interviewees cascaded down memory lane telling their candid stories, a sense of passion overtook them and the Irish and Chin team as well. According to the team, they possess a solid description of the state of the U.K.'s sound system industry from the 70's - 90's.
When asked about his U.K. experience, Chin declared with sincerity, "This trip has undoubtedly been one of my biggest awakenings in regards to Dancehall/sound system culture outside of Jamaica. It was as if I was attending a university......the stories, the passion and the contributions are priceless. I even had a chance to examine a 30 year-old custom made tube amplifier that's still in working condition, maaad!"
The U.K. visit was also characterized by a broad spectrum of interviews from current selectors, radio personalities, producers and other purveyors of the culture. Overall, there was a nice balance of footage obtained on this trip. Chin indicated "My ambition for this project is to shed light on the key role and impact of sound systems/sound system culture on today's Reggae music industry." With the many, many pivotal sounds and artists weaved into the tapestry of U.K. sound system culture, a second trip is inevitable. Although not yet on the books, Irish and Chin plans to return in the near future.
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