London, United Kingdom
Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T set up Channel One Sound System (in homage to the legendary Channel One studios) well over 30 years ago. They started off playing blues dances and house parties, leading on to a place at Notting Hill (their 30th year in 2012). Channel One Sound System are now known as one of Europe's best loved roots reggae sound systems. Channel One play roots rock reggae, dub and steppas music, all with strictly conscious lyrics, with Mikey Dread as selector adding echoes and sirens.. and mic chanter Ras Kayleb completing the sound with his Rastafarian chants.
Over the past 5 years, Channel One have increased their profile, by playing more and more diverse events. They took part in and won the Red Bull Culture Clash in 2010, beating Metalheadz, Skream and Benga and Souljazz. They competed again at Wembley Arena in 2012 against Major Lazer, Boy Better Know and Annie Mac Presents.. not winning this time, but receiving critical acclaim.