DEATH OF SOUND CLASH – ‘Sound Fe Dead’
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.”
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?