‘Rumbling On’: The Resonance of Sound System Culture

Venue: Watershed

Date: Fri 21 Jul 2017

Time: 17:30

A panel discussion featuring:

  • Mad Professor
  • Congo Natty
  • Nanci Correia
  • Pinch
  • Johnny Scratchley
  • Hosted by Koast (SWU FM)

From stringing up stacks in the backyards of Kingston to DJ and MC sets broadcasting out of pirate radio stations in London’s high rise blocks to the reverberations felt on Bristol’s streets, the sustained influence of the sound system has evidently shaped a strong lineage of underground music culture. Embraced by generations belonging to different eras but similar scenes, the love for bass, community and expression is mutual.

Prior to the Outlook Orchestra taking the stage, Multi-Track – the into-industry portal for underground music – will be rigged up at the Watershed to host an exclusive conversation which will delve into the roots of this movement and dissect the undeniable significance it has for modern day genres. Blessing us with their experience are a heavyweight panel representing a range of sounds and vantage points.

Who could be better placed than Dub veteran Mad Professor, a disciple of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with decades of experimenting at the controls, this man needs no further introduction.

Joining us from team Jungle are the Conquering Lion aka Congo Natty, a figure at the forefront of Jamaican infused dance records in the UK, whilst his collaborator and vocalist Nanci Correia – of Nanci & Phoebe notoriety – may be more recent to the game, but she has seen audiences across the globe respond to the energy of this sound.

Having been instrumental in the explosion of Dubstep and Grime in Bristol and beyond plus having fought his corner in Red Bull’s ‘Culture Clash’, production don Pinch knows a thing or two about the competitive side to being a sound boy.

Gentleman’s Dub Club frontman and Outlook organiser, Johnny Scratchley, is uniquely positioned to share his two points of view of from his time on and off stage.

Never shying away from mic duty, SWU FM’s Koast will be the chief operator in-charge of seeking out the valuable insight our speakers collectively possess.

As sound system culture continues to resonate both here in the UK and across the seas, take a moment to consider how it all began…and where it could end up! Pull up a seat and get ready to soak up some knowledge before the sounds of the Outlook Orchestra start rumbling round the Harbourside.


DATE: 21st July 2017
TIME: 17:30
VENUE: Watershed

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