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The Dubplates travelled to Jamaica recently to play at Zumjay's 'Colours' dance in Waterhouse. one876 caught up with them recently to 'hold a reasoning' about their influence on the South Carolina reggae-dancehall scene.


1. How hard was it to carve out a vibrant reggae scene in South Carolina?

It has not been easy being a dancehall reggae band in South Carolina. We have had to educate the masses on the genre and the culture. There is something magical in these reggae riddiums and baselines that unify the very diverse dance floors we have in South Carolina. We are blessed that Charleston is a beach front city with positive vibes. We have turned many rednecks into ragamuffins.


2. How did you guys get together?

We started out as a DJ/Vocal group called Dub Island Soundsystem in 2002. As Dub Island we performed all over the country. We performed at SXSW festival in Austin TX, we performed for Interscope records and opened for such acts as : Damain Marley, Digital Underground, The Wailers, String Cheeze, DJ Logic and many more.

In 2010 we decided to form a Roots Radics style riddium band called The Dubplates. Since becoming the Dubplates we have gotten to do shows for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island in BVI. The Dubplates have been the backing band for Tanya Stephens and Zumjay. We have also performed with: Steel Pulse, Third World, Yellowman, Big Boi, Too Short, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Nevel and many other major artists.


3. Can you describe the makeup of your band. I imagine that you guys all come form diverse backgrounds.

The band is made up of 12 members: Ages 28 thru 52

Brady Waggoner aka Daddy Brady(GTR/Vocals) Minneapolis, MN

David Brisacher aka Big Hair(Vocals/Engineer/Management) Charleston, SC

Robert Ellington aka Papa Robbie(Vocals) Charleston, SC

Elais Baker aka Rudiments(Vocals) Westmoreland, JA

Shawn Legree(Percussion/Vocals) Brooklyn, NY

David Ham(Keys) Charleston, SC

Charlie Guss aka Charlie Coconuts(Bass/Trombone) Charleston, SC

Andy Masker(Sax) Charleston, WV

Philip Antman aka Phil-a-ments(Drums) Charleston, SC

Ryan Becknell aka King Sing(GTR/Vocals) Charleston, SC

Yahanan Aur aka Dub Denizen(Percussion) Charleston, SC

Jerry Tiller aka DJ Trail-Mix(Turntables) Greenwood, SC



4. What is the most successful component of the Dubplates? Is it the selecting core, the band or the show promotion? We offer the full package.

Between Chalicetown Records, Big Hair Productions and The Dubplates we can provide a high energy live dancehall reggae show, stage, sound, lights, recording studio, video production, graphic design, lasers, web design, street team, merchandise, security, tents, generators, tour bus and anything thing else an artist or promoter would need.


5. Which reggae artistes are you thinking about working with on your upcoming one drop project?

Currently we are working on more tracks with Zumjay. Tanya Stephens is performing with The Dubplates on 5.19.2012 at the Reggae on The Creek event in Charleston, SC. We are planning on getting Tanya in the studio while she is in town.

We are creating new riddiums with The Dubplates band everyday. We would love to work with the legendary dancehall artists like: Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Yellowman, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Future Fambo, Left Side, Jigsy King, Sizzla and any other artists bringing good vibes to the project. We would also want King Jammy to work his magic on the mix.

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