- Skank fm
- DAZ: MC/rapper/producer
- BissoMan: selectah/producer
- O-one: Turntablism and sick beats
- DJ Maars: selectah/producer
- That DJ: DJ/house producer
- Saut After Independent Clothing Company
- Jamyork: musician who has given me some crucial advice
- Amazing hornsman from England
- Jamaican singer Asante Amen
- Singer/producer/bassist Wadadli
- Jamaican Singer Naptali
- Dub producer/bassist from Switzerlad
- Jamaican singer in Italy
- Dub producer outa UK
- Singer from the US
Firstly, If you want/need a custom-made riddim or require some drums/guitar/keys/organ played for a track then feel free to send me a request detailing what you want via my inbox on Soundcloud, or send me an email to email@example.com and we can discuss it further.
Secondly, and most importantly, welcome to the Country Hi-fi sound with music to please a myriad of tastes. On an island on the very edge of Europe, Northern Ireland, an ocean away from the birthplace of reggae and not necessarily the first port of call when looking for good reggae music made inna roots and culture style. However, by making quality music inspired by a love of the music from Jamaica and the ethos behind it's creation, Country Hi-fi is doing it's best to put Northern Ireland firmly on the reggae map.
The name 'Country Hi-fi' is related to the country upbringing of founding member 'Pugs' while also being a tribute to the late great King Tubby and his pioneering sound which echoes far and wide. The Country Hi-fi sound was brought to life in a project called 'Small Town Roots' (available on iTunes) which involved two friends: hip-hop producer/DJ/MC DAZ (dazmusic) and Pugs (reggae fan and self-taught musician) practically living in a studio for a week with each side bringing their own ingredients to the mix. The result was a series of songs inspired by the roots reggae traditions while telling stories through the songs, which relate to various events in Pugs' life growing up in a small country town.
The Country Hi-fi sound is dedicated to making music with the original enthusiasm and willingness to experiment as our pioneering brothers and sisters in Jamaica so although you can expect to hear lots of one-drop reggae, ska, rocksteady, lovers rock etc. don't be surprised to hear some digital dancehall, house, hip-hop, or even some UK hip-hop/grime style beats, and various remixes, mash ups, and versions: feel free to download and share any tracks you like and spread the word.
With Pugs working as a one-man-band, engineer, producer, and occasional songwriter, he has managed to work on projects with artists from all over the globe and is always open and happy to collaborate with other artists on whatever the project may be, so don't be afraid to use the drop box, respond to requests on tracks, or send a message about any enquiries you may have.
Pugs also presents a weekly reggae show on Skank FM (an online radio station in Belfast, Northern Ireland, www.skankfm.com) from 6-8pm (GMT) bringing the best in caribbean vibes with tracks from way back in the day to the hottest tracks in the Jamaican chart and everything else in between from hip-hop, DnB, soul, grime, and reggae from all around the world. Get on board and tune in for an education in reggae music and all it has to offer.
Thank you for stopping by the Country Hi-fi profile and hopefully you enjoyed exploring all the tracks on offer and found something you liked enough to download (which means you wanted to hear it again which is cool). Comments are always gratefully received, and all those people who have got on board so far they are always appreciated and their support is crucial for the Country Hi-fi sound to gather momentum. Any newcomers are equally welcome and big up yourself for getting on board and helping the Country Hi-fi sound to spread the message of One Love and Unity which is increasingly important in this modern world.
Finally, I would like to give thanks and much respect to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with (Naptali, Tijani Concious, Madi Simmons, Junior Pinchers, delaypilot, Wadadli, fireface horns). Perhaps most notably, I have also received some crucial advice from a bredren who is known as Jamyork. He has been most forthcoming with his words of wisdom and I have had relatively few experiences in my short foray into the music scene with somebody being so willing to share their experiences and knowledge to such a degree: his advice and tips have really helped me progress my sound, so I am eternally grateful for his help; I hope I am able to do the same should anyone seek some guidance/advice from me!
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Jah bless, One Love & Unity, Rastafari