How to be a Reggae Selector


Tips on how to be a good reggae dancehall sound system selector.






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  • 0:56 – Early history of King Apocalypse
  • 9:43 – Meeting Marc Stewart, doing college radio, and getting bookings
  • 10:39 – Preparing to be a hardcore selector by cutting foundation dubs
  • 11:50 – Process of building a dub box in the late ’90s
  • 13:40 – Competition and being able to defend yourself at any time when playing out
  • 15:49 – Voicing the big bad Super Cat dubplate
  • 20:09 – Expanding to incorporate King AP’s Connecticut branch
  • 24:27 – Doing more sound clashes in the future
  • 33:20 – 1990s soundclash versus today
  • 35:58 – The most well attended ATL sound clash
  • 43:22 – Team Torment family
  • 47:11 – Events: Beer Vibes (ATL) & Jouvert (CT); Reggaematic carnival band

Follow King AP on Twitter and Instagram @KingAPSound @faddajinx. For bookings contact (678) 923-1981 or

This episode was sponsored by DOGS420 and featured analog style instrumental, Körsbär (Cherry) by Hans Majestät from Sweden featured on 2019 album Frukt, Vol. 1.

The Reggae Lover theme music was produced by ĀGARD out of Brooklyn, NYC.


Dash Eye from Tribe of Kings Tells Why He Became a Reggae Selector


Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 96 | Interview: Dash Eye

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On this episode, I talk to Dash Eye, the selector from Tribe of Kings sound system, host of the Dash-A-Fire Podcast, and representative of Vegan in San Diego, to find out when and how he fell in love with reggae music.

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Lovers Rock According to Freddie McGregor

Freddie McGregor

Freddie McGregor

Here is a mix that many Reggae Lover listeners have been looking for. Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most prolific and successful artists. With roots in the 60’s at Studio One and a stellar career established over decades of tremendous success, Freddie is a living legend and continues to record and tour the world today.

The songs compiled here share the themes of love and relationships and the mix is absolutely crucial. I’m keeping the show notes short on this one, but the mix runs for almost an hour.

Please leave a comment here or email to let me know if the music sounds as good to you that it does to me.

Freddie McGregor Playlist:

1 Big Ship
2 When I’m Ready
3 Come Now Sister
4 Curly Locks
5 Curly Dub
6 Stop Loving You
7 Little Nut Tree
8 Nutmeg Dub
9 Sweet Talking
10 Mr. Fix It
11 Fix Him Dub
12 Give Me The Right
13 The Right Dub
14 Can I Change My Mind
15 Your Love (Change In Me)
16 Every Day Is Just a Holiday
17 Holiday Dub
18 Searching
19 I See It In You
20 Lovers Rock
21 Push Come To Shove
22 Undying Love
23 Undying Dub
24 Breaking Up
25 Breaking Dub
26 A House Is Not A Home
27 Gatepass To Your Heart
28 Take Time To Know Her
29 Come On Little Girl
30 Big Girl Dub
31 One More Dance
32 Danger In Your Eyes
33 You Have Caught Me
34 Let Him Try
35 Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely
36 How Can I Forget
37 Loving Pauper
38 Not Giving Up On You
39 Moving Away
40 I Was Born A Winner
41 Falling In Love With You
42 Falling In Dub
43 You’re Gonna Lose
44 Losing Dub
45 Westbound Train ft. Jacob Miller

Tony Matterhorn alongside King Addies in #ATL – Feb 1st, 2014

Tony Matterhorn alongside King Addies

Tony Matterhorn alongside King Addies, Mark Dragon from Inner City Sound, Warfile and Love People

‘Reunion’ on Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 The #History Dance Inside Club-Pisces Stone-Mountain Atlanta Ga.

Admission is only $20 so come out early to enjoy the classics and exclusives from the Dubplate arsenal.

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Highlanda Nominated For 2010 Best Selector/DJ Award


Highlanda Sound System is proud to announce our nomination in the Best Selecta/DJ (reggae) Category by DAREGGAESCENE Grammy Awards 2010!

DAREGGAESCENE (DRS) strives to recognize the best of the best among our local Atlanta celebrities. DRS Grammy Awards was launched in June of 2006, and has since been heralded as one of the premier Caribbean events in metro-Atlanta. Its goal is to serve as the voice of the people and award the tireless efforts of various individuals, events, businesses and/or organizations who make priceless contributions towards the positive growth of our diverse Caribbean community and culture.

Highlanda is honored to be recognized by DRS Grammy Awards with this nomination and would like to thank all the fans and lovers of Caribbean music, event promoters, and venue owners and managers who support and work alongside us on our stated mission to entertain and promote reggae worldwide.

We would also like to extend congratulations and good luck to the other nominees in this and the other eighteen (18) categories.

Please feel free to cast your vote now!

Please note, you will only be allowed to vote one time per IP address.



PS: Don’t forget to join us for the Dancehall Now and Reggae Vault Classics shows, streaming live on on Tuesdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (EST).

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‘A Moment in Time’ – Beres is boss!

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time is the new, highly anticipated album from Beres Hammond set to be released in November on VP Records.

Beres is certainly getting his props for the debut single off the album entitled I Feel Good.  Here is the official music video for the release.  The song is the #1 requested track on the Dancehall Now playlist over the last two weeks.  Thank you for listening to Dancehall Now ( and for emailing us with your feedback (  Another option for giving feedback is to take the survey posted at

Beres is a favorite of myself and anyone else that’s a fan of lover’s music.  Unfortunately in today’s dancehalls, selectors do not play as much lovers rock and vocal music as one would hear in the past.  I am glad that this artist is still carrying the banner though.  Beres still sells out huge arenas around the world and tops the charts when he drops new projects.  The style and content of his music set the standard and bring original lyrical content along with a warm rubadub bassline.  Nice!

So I’m gonna go ahead and endorse this one as top rated dancehall now.  Pick up the new CD or download the digital, and when you take that first listen, you too will Feel Good.

What do you think of Beres’s music?  Will you be checking out the new project?

Slanted Reality and Dancehall

I find that the music coming out of Jamaica over recent years has been overwhelmingly violent with very lude lyrical content. This, among other factors which I will discuss here, I feel has left many fans totally disenfranchised. Some say it is due to the violence encountered in everyday life in parts of Jamaica. This I understand, however with that being said, wouldn’t it serve society better to deliver messages about peace, or just non-gun related topics? My question assumes that there are artists whose purpose it is to serve humanity. Perhaps this is not realistic.

There are Jamaican arists today, such as Luciano and others for example, who in every way represent the messages of truth, rights, roots and culture, and who bring strong, thought provoking lyrical content as opposed to just “Pop.” Popular culture in Jamaican Dancehall now includes:
men in tight pants dancing with each other while ladies are left alone (strange in a place where alternative lifestyles are taboo and frowned upon), songs with lyrics that intricately describe guns and scenes of shoot outs and even torture, and of course the extremely simple dancing tunes ala Pon the River, Dutty Wine, Nuh Linga, etc. This is all fine and well if done in moderation.

Nowadays in America, many partrons, DJs, selectors, and sound systems are guilty of perpetuating rubbish by following, copying and mimicing whatever they see coming out of Jamaica. Let me explain. The dancehall DVDs, the clips that make it to youtube, and the CDs from dances we access here are edited to only really feature the “hype” part of the dance when the “dancers” are in a frenzy, etc. This means that the same songs get played in the background over and over and over again. These “sound bites” have become dancehall.

Sounds no longer study music or prepare to perform for their audiences. Selectors no longer select. They simply download mp3 that they hear others spinning and run out to be their gigs to be mediocre at best. But you can’t tell them that because the just played alot of Mavado so therefore they ‘done the place?’

For the unoriginal, non-creative average DJ who doesnt know any better, this to them means they MUST play the exact same songs over and over. Not only that, but all the phrases, jokes, stories, and song intros that selectors in JA use are copied and used over and over.
Many of these DJs (so called entertainers) do not realize that in Jamaica most of the dances last until the early morning hours, which means that at points during the night the music varies to enable many different types of reggae music to be featured. Even at Passa Passa many other genres of music get played and get good responses from the crowd too.

The real victim is the partygoer who has spent money and alotted the time to come out and be entertained only to hear the same songs over and over with no introduction of anything new or refreshing and no chance for nostalgic vibes to be conjured up because 40 years of reggae music mega hits are left out and the DJ only plays the new mid to uptempo music (which will stay hot 6 months max.)

I have faith that the times will change and the real will recognize real. The truth is always true and will always come to light. Good will always conquer evil.