Channel One Sound System is one of the UK’s best known and most loved reggae sound systems. Having taken over the running of their father’s sound in 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T took the sound to local blues parties and dances. Mikey took the name Channel One as homage to the legendary Channel One studio in Jamaica. In 1983, Channel One started playing at Notting Hill Carnival, they have played at Carnival every year since.
Channel One is made up of selector Mikey Dread and MC Ramon Judah, MC Macky Banton, MC Ras Sherby Channel One plays a unique selection of conscious Reggae, exclusive dubplates and uplifting steppas. Channel One’s hand built sound system provides a rich heavyweight bass sound, which compliments their tight selection of old and new roots music.
Channel One’s mission is “to break down barriers via reggae music”, they have achieved this by travelling and playing to new audiences and venues all over the world. Highlights from the last decade have included winning the Redbull Culture Clash in 2010, (beating Metalheadz and Skream and Benga), playing in the next round of the Culture Clash at Wembley Arena against Major Lazer, Annie Mac and Boy Better Know in 2012 and embarking on 5 national tours with backing from the Arts Council, curating line ups including the Twinkle Brothers, Congo Natty, Mad Professor.
For the last few years Channel One have held a residency at one of London’s coolest warehouse venues – Village Underground. Youtube videos of Channel One’s sessions there have gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views. Channel One has also gained online viewers via it’s monthly residency at Giles Peterson’s award winning online station – Worldwide FM.
Channel One never fails to provide upliftment with their positive music and message. Take this opportunity to book these living sound system legends.
Rachel Bevan – Manager/Agent