Channel One Soundsystem are made up of legendary selector Mikey Dread and mic chanter Ras Kayleb. Celebrating 30 consecutive years at the Notting Hill Carnival, Channel One are one of the must-see soundsystems at Europe’s biggest street festival.
Channel One formed in 1979, when Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley’s belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base. Their unique, bass-heavy sound was finally saluted when they won the Red Bull Culture Clash in 2010, competing against the likes of Skream, Soul Jazz and Benga.
Channel One use hand-built, custom speaker stacks to provide a rich, heavyweight bass sound to complement their tight selection of old and new dub reggae classics, all played from a single vinyl deck and accented with echos and sirens. MC Ras Kayleb augments Mikey’s deep draws with Rastafarian chants and song.