ORIGINALS LIVE Presents
Check out these photos from the sultry Trojan Soundsystem gig at Rough Trade East in collaboration with OriginalsLIVE. The second gig from Originals Live saw this collective of reggae pioneers fill the iconic London music store alongside Japanese London four-piece Bo Ningen.
Coined as the biggest and most iconic reggae sounds in Europe, Trojan Sound System was formed in 2004 from London Sound System legends, to represent the label in England and throughout the World. The Soundsystem has already had hugely successful shows as a single entity and with the greatest names in reggae. The Sound System comprises of Selectors - Earl Gateshead and Daddy Ad. Earl Gateshead began DJ'ing in Brixton in 1979.
He is well known in London for his 20 year residency at The Dive Bar in London's Chinatown and his Saturday residency at the legendary Blue Note club. He has worked as selector and MC with Cutty Ranks, Big Youth, Dr Alimantado, and Dennis Alcapone. His reggae nights at Plastic People received Worldwide recognition. Daddy Ad comes from Roots and Reality Soundsystem and has worked with Eek-A-Mouse and TappaZukie amongst many others and has always, like Earl, pushed for new sounds and acts to break on though. His experience as a drummer and audiophile has led Ad in a direction to be responsible for the Sound's FXs and Mixing.
The duo created the first reggae sound to crossover and headline clubs like Fabric and also to sell out Koko twice last year. Trojan Sound is usually programmed alongside Dubstep, DnB and hip hop etc.
The Sound System's vocalists have twenty years experience as members of the great South London Sound Systems: Taurus, Sir Coxsone and Saxon. They have been chosen as the absolute cream of London's Reggae entertainers. Legendary Recording Artists including Lee Perry, Dr Alimantado, TippaIrie, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Horace Andy and Gregory Isaacs have all worked with the Sound System. The main vocalists provided by Jah Buck, Super Four and Chucky Banton.
Trojan Sound System also work with original recording artists like Dennis Alcapone (the guy that invented chatting on a riddim with melody - sing jay style), Anthony 'gunshot' Johnson, Big Youth etc. and crossover MCs like Top Cat, TippaIrie and many more.