This is probably a good point to talk about modern music distribution, and while vinyl is making a huge comeback, streaming like Spotify is changing the face of the way people consume music. What’s your thoughts on this being a vinyl purist?
I don’t deal with things like Spotify, it’s not my thing. But at the end of the day it’s technology we have to use. Like me being used to play valve amplifiers, having to use modern amplifiers on this tour. You just have to use what’s there. Even down to using technology to communicate across the world. In the old days we used to go to a Coxen or Fatman session, you knew there would be old and new stuff played there that we would want to pick up and have in our record box. Kids today don’t want to wait, they want it instantly. The technology is there we just have to use it in the right way.
What’s getting you excited musically at the moment. Reggae is certainly picking up a lot of momentum at the moment and growing in popularity, and there are a lot of new artist emerging. Anything you are listening to at the moment?
There’s some good things going on. Like where I’m playing tonight, I was speaking to the promoter and owner of the club and he was saying that Dj’s on before us grew up listening to Channel One and was really excited to be playing on the same bill. That’s what it’s all about getting young people inspired and involved. There’s some good artists like Protege who were also influenced by what we’ve been doing, I’ve met him a few times and he said that what he’s putting out was influenced by a 2010 Channel One session at Notting Hill. There’s a lot of good things going on, and lots of great new artists coming up.
Everywhere you go now people are building sound systems all over the world. From India and Australia, people are building systems. They don’t always have a place to play or know what to do with it yet, but they are building them which is great.
Do you think we are missing out on some of the sound system cultures in the UK with regulations and restrictions evolved out of the Criminal Justice Bill back in the day?
I think so because a lot of venues are closed down, you can’t just play over there, or in a church hall, we’ve gone a bit past that now. The venues are very few and far between. You’ve got have your crap sorted out right. You can’t just have a sound system and play where you want to. We bring our sound systems into clubs and big venues and that’s what we can do now.
Am I right in saying you are the only sound system in the world to have played Wembley?
Yeah that’s right, when we won the Red Bull sound clash thing, that wasn’t just a win for Channel One but for all sound systems. The big efforts were put in that night, and people started to believe in sound systems and we can go forward with this thing.