Summer time means IÂ can change gears a bit, step away from the classroom and head out into the world to DJ and connect with people. This year I’m stepping back after a couple of inspiring years at theÂ Allied Media Conference (Ushka will hold it down for Dutty Artz this year), and heading in the other direction, although I hope to come back through Detroit before too long.
I’mÂ freshly inspired fromÂ a 5-day excursion to Jamaica where I stayed with Andrea Lewis, a colleague from longtime who runs the (highly recommended) Beat’n’track rootsÂ tours, linked with Dutty Artz fam the enigmatic Five Eyes, the awesomeÂ PalmWine,Â Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras,Â (working on the Â third stage of amazing Negus project)… stopped in for inspiration and reasoning at the So((u))l HQ art center (they have aÂ roomÂ for visitors!) and Di InstituteÂ for Social Leadership both (co)foundedÂ by the intrepid & visionaryÂ DJ Afifa. Checked Kingston DubClubÂ at Skyline drive, Rae Town Old Hits, Downtown Roots night (featuring the incredible Agony sound system), Mojito Mondays where we caught up with Mixpak label manager & killer djÂ TheLarge and madman producerÂ DreSkull in town to work on the Popcaan album.. plus ocean, mountain, studio, escoveitch fish/coconut jelly/sprats/sweet grapefruit/fish tea/curry crab/naseberries/pineapple/otaheite apple/mangomangomango and ital food from Dr. Spice.
And now I’m heading to Europe for 2 weeks of gigs, and a stint in London at the end doing research on pirate radio and council(public) housing. Come out if you are in the neighborhood!
Spread the word and tell your friends, I’ll be in new cities and familiar ones from June 20 – July 5 and then in London until the 20th of July!