Filmaker and DJ, Don Letts speaks about punk roots, technology and music in today’s Guardian.
Guardian: Bass (how low can you go?)
Don Letts: It’s disturbing when I see kids on buses, listening to music on their phones, and it’s just going: tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, with no bass. Bass culture is Jamaica’s gift to the world and technology is, kind of, ruining that. Bass is sexy. Women respond to bass. That said, dubstep is one of the most exciting musical forms out there. There’s always something going on.
Tell it Don, tell it.
There are a couple points in the above statement that I need to translate into Spanish and show to some folks around these parts. Damn, the amount of times i’ve turned up at an event looking for the bass-bins that are going to vibrate the message. There was a sound system (can’t remember the name) in Toronto that was running when hip hop rose on the horizon and this guy had at least twenty of the Cerwin-Vega 18″ Earthquake speakers lined up. That was the bomb!
Another issue is the kids on the buses with that tsk tsk tsk coming outta the speaker of their mobile. Turn that shit off. Wanna listen to music while yer going from A to B? Then do it proper, get a ghetto-blaster to annoy the fuck out of me and everyone else on the bus, like we did when we was teenagers.
Miserable old git that is me, signing off.