I had the pleasure of attending a rootical session (video above, check it!) hosted by Intergalaktik Soundsystem. I had a few words with Olli Dublifter of Intergalaktik and Jahvice.
How did you get involved in dub music? Which artists/soundsystems have influenced you the most?
Dublifter: I started to get into reggae in the early 90’s, and in the mid 90’s the UK soundsystem thing started to come into the picture. I first went to london in ‘95 and saw some of these soundsystems and it was like a new world to me. I’d been listening to some tapes, and I heard a Shaka tape.
I’d been listening to some tapes, and I heard a Shaka tape.
I was wondering, since I knew Shaka records, but then I had a Shaka tape and was wondering “Why is he playing Dennis Brown and Johnny Clarke, this is supposet to be Shaka, what is this? ” But the first time I went there I was like “Noooow I get it”. Because I had a Shaka album where he is singing and producing and I was very surpised why I have a Shaka tape with Johnny Clarke on it. But afterwards I understood and knew what its about. And after that, I was really into it. So it started in the mid 90’s and even upto today this has been my main thing. I love a lot of jamaican music, old roots and reggae, but somehow the UK-style soundsystem has been the core to me. I kind of always wanted to do what these UK soundsystems were doing.
Jahvice: At a young age I was really listening to some reggae, but after meeting this guy [Dublifter], I got some tapes recorded from Tero Kaski’s Roots & Culture radio show.
I got some tapes recorded from Tero Kaski’s Roots & Culture radio show.
That basically got me hooked on the deeper side of reggae music and not just borrowing stuff from the library. I really got into it and the main thing that was speaking to me most was more like the jamaican style dancehall soundsystem, not really the roots. Like the 80’s 90’s style of mc-ing. I didn’t like the DJ:ing style at the time, like of voicing the records, but I really liked the energy that was going on in that environment and it really got me into reggae music. I would say Killamanjaro, Stone Love, Metro Media were those that got me into the soundsystem culture. But then when I got more experience in the scene and got more into the spiritual side of the music, then I really found out about the roots dances. I was good friends with Dublifter and it was kind of a normal connection and we started to do this stuff together. I’ve also been getting influence from him [Dublifter].
Dublifter: For me also, Roots & Culture radio show by Daddy T-Roy Tero Kaski, the finnish Don of reggae was really influential. His programs and his influence was something that really, without it, I don’t think I would be as much into reggae as I am now. When I was a young guy without money going to high school, I was listening to his radio show and it was almost like a religion to me. I was even taking notes and learned about reggae music through his shows. Without Tero Kaski, I would have never gone to a Shaka dance. Through him I really got to know reggae because those days you had no internet and you had no way to hear. At a certain time of the week, you had to listen to Radio Mafia and press the rec-button to record it on tape.
What are your future plans soundsystemwize or dubwize?
Dublifter:I think we have a lot of plans, even too much to have time to execute! I feel that Intergalaktik is going in a good way, we have a lot of releases in the pipeline, and we just released two 7”’s, one by Jahvice More We Want and one by Ricky Benz. We have a lot of music that we want to put on vinyl, and for the soundsystem we have planned to upgrade the sound and start playing more. During the last 6-12 months we’ve been busier than we’ve been in a while and we hope to continue from there. Both on releases and soundsystem building and sessions and so on. And also to get a bit more international, we have a lot of contacts around the world and we want to try to get more to France and other parts of Europe where the market is big, and there are lots of good things going on. And with releases, I think we’ve got more recognition abroad, because they’ve found our records so hopefully we’ll get to do more with soundsystems there.
Jahvice: I just want to get my music out and want to do soundsystems. Doing my own thing, it’s not paying my bills but I’ve found my direction and I’m happy to be on this path. Whatever comes by, it’s appreciated.
Whatever comes by, it’s appreciated.