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DEATH OF SOUND CLASH – ‘Sound Fe Dead’

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Who could ever forget the notorious clashes that took place @ Biltmore Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY. Even though I was a youth when these dances took place trust me I know all about it, thanx to cassette tapes. Legendary sounds like King Addies, Killamanjaro, Bass Odyssey, Stone Love & my personal favorite Sir David Rodigan always come up in conversation about sound clash. I remember one of my very first big dances I went to as a youth was in London,England. It featured King Addies, Saxon, Rodigan & some other sounds I can’t remember the full line up, it was a long time ago. Anyway I was a cassette freak with every sound in the industry in my collection, but when I saw mr.Rodigan for the first time I have to admit I was astonished not only for the fact that this man talking on the mic with so much knowledge of reggae music was white but his intellect & experience in this field goes far beyond your average selector. I mean this dance was packed from wall to wall with 99% black people might I say but Rodigan walked into the dance with his Kiss.FM dub boxes & every big man(respected industry person) that was around hailed him like he was a king literally. After this experience I truly became the sound clash fan I still am today & never thought that this time would come, but like they say every good thing must come to an end. Sound Clash as we know it is “DEAD”.
CHIN (one of or The biggest sound clash promoter worldwide from Irish and Chin fame) seems to think that sound clash is not dead but as he put it “DORMANT“. I asked Chin what were his thoughts on the state of sound clash, he directed me to one of his blogs were he was asked the same question & his answer was “I have to start promoting new sounds to bring back the arena. Therefore, the announcement I will be making in a couple of days will shock the shit out of you! I agree things will never be the same as the 90’s era. Just as the next generation will not be the same as the World Clash era, but that does not mean sound clashing is dead.”

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I disagree with Chin for the simple fact that he himself is now promoting plays like “Bashment Granny 2” and you cant knock a next mans hustle but that shows me that the industry is finished. According to Chin “I’m just branching” as he put it but what else do you expect the promoter to say, he is truly trying hard to revive this ailing industry. So with that being said what is next for the industry as a whole. Can it be saved? Who can save it? A popular dj in the ATL region made a comment which I thought was interesting on his blog “I knew sound clash would soon die out due to the fact selectors like Matterhorn leaving King Addies, Ricky Trooper leaving Killamanjaro, Fire Linx leaving Bodyguard & so on.” Good point but I don’t want to get into the argument of who killed sound clash but I’d rather ask how can we build it back? Maybe a new breed needs to be introduced? Maybe the Matterhorns, Fire linxs & Troopers need to go back to their definitive sound systems?

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2!!David-Rodigan-vs-Bass-Odyss

9 responses

  1. Playmaker Sound

    Wicked post big up the author real ting the reason I feel personally sound clash is dead is, one no doubt the money ting I start buy dubs 2004 and I have seen the price of many artist double from then till now, I cant say for sure if its down to the artists popularity and them raising there price or as I beleive the influx of Japanese and mainland europe sounds who just pay what they are told by the links in Jamaica cause them cant even talk english good who them can haggle wid, it bad enough if the people in yard know you are in foreigh but secondily the reason clash dead is the music remember all reggae music at one time was made primerily to play on sound systems by people who own sound systems thats why clash dead. Todays music is made for radio, clubs and ipods they are not thinking about 18s or 15s when they are making music nowadays. Me done likkle bit anybody want a clash link me on playmakersound@myspace.com

    November 26, 2009 at 7:14 AM

  2. VASCO

    SOUNDCLASH BACK THEN WAS LITTLE PEBBLE THAT FELL IN A WATER THATS FORM A WAVE THAT TOUCH THE WORLD AND BECAME UNCONTROLLABLE DURING THE YEARS PAST, WHEN NEW TECHNOLOGIES BEGINS TO REIGN NEW ENTREPENEUR AND PRODUCERS COULDN’T BALANCE IT TOGETHER SO NOW A CULTURE THAT USED TO BE ONE IS NOW SPLITING APART ON A CRASH COURSE,THEY ARE SO MANY RIDDIMS AND SONG BEING MADE EVEN DANCES THAT YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO SOAK IT IN,UNFORTUNATELY JAMAICA IS A SMALL COUNTRY OVERPOPULATED WITH MANY TALENTS COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER,AND WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO CONTAIN THE MAGIC IT GOT,SO INSTEAD OF JOINING THE GROUP I DECIDE TO TRY SOMTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT HELP THE CULTURE TO SEE A NEW LEVEL.PLEASE DONATE TO –SONGKLASH

    September 15, 2009 at 11:12 PM

  3. for real

    Chin helped kill Sound Clash. It was turned into a money thing, with sounds like Mighty Crown – not true sound/reggae lovers, but a sound backed by boatloads of Japanese Yen, so they run and cut everything, dig up every foundation artists, etc. You got all these guys who came in with their big bag of money and messed it up for the true soundman them who did it out of love, with hard work and dedication.Sound clash killed itself, and the sound population has multiplied like flies, there are too many so called sounds out here. Plus the younger generation cant relate to the foundation music and the art of sound clashing, as time goes on its only gonna get worse. Nowadays only a handfull of artist get played and are recogized and most of the music and riddims are garbage. Sound Clash committed Suicide!

    August 3, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    • millionairedreamz

      So u think the business needs to go back to the foundation sounds? Do u think the business can be revived if the foundation sounds get back in the Arena?

      August 3, 2009 at 8:56 PM

  4. Drew.....H.I.M.

    Sound Clash Cannot die but large crowds assembled in one place to witness it can… Sound clash used to be a proving ground where rivals tried to asert DOMINANCE.. AREA vs AREA..

    Sound clash became too common place sounds were clashing with no particular reason other than a promoter offered them some money. Most of teh soudn that are current labeled as “CLASH SOUNDS” do not have a fan base… so who the fuck is support to attend these so called clashes?

    Irish and Chin kept world clash with good intention at first it was about music, but as the years went by from 98-2007 it became a parade of guest host and awards.. the “game over” which was nyc last staging of world clash consisted of every story linw but clash.. you have a NINJA man claching RODIGAN.. which was joke….

    You had matterhorn clashing beenie man who at the time personal life read liek a US tabloid…. all those thing were used to fill the arena not clash as matter of fact the clash was hurried up and swept aside so the other bullshit can take place. Irish & chin knew clash had no market for years and filled world clash wid guest host and a other self distracting bullshit, it made money, you can neva knock the hustle.

    Sound Clash does not have enuff people in america to sustain itself there was neva any reintroduction to the fan base….

    August 3, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    • millionairedreamz

      So how do u think we can build back the sound clash business? Or do u think say it Dead & Cant build back?

      August 3, 2009 at 8:52 PM

  5. jusreality

    me nah think say sound clash dead yet, tek 9 a still hold the fort. Ny still a de sound klash capital and we nah go see it dead yet. Have faith mr mon.

    August 1, 2009 at 5:12 PM

  6. ShowaKen

    Nice Blog Bredren But Sound Clash Dead Long Time Yu Nah Zit. The Jiggy Ting Take Over, Pure Dancers R Run De Place Now. Chin A Mad Man Bout Dormant, Him Nah Want Face The Facts.

    August 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    • Playmaker Sound

      R.I.P Squingy LIFE we seh

      November 26, 2009 at 7:19 AM

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