Interview: Reggae and Roots Producer and DJ Adam Prescott
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Let it be known, Producer and DJ Adam Prescott is a top guy. An incredibly easy-going, friendly chap, which is possibly why the music he produces is sweet as. Adam is regularly hailed as one of the most exciting new producers on the UK Digital Roots scene and a key player in the re-emergence of British Reggae. We chatted about his old stomping ground in Camden and his unique, custom-built sound system.
You are a bit of a multitasker it seems! Playing the music, mixing, producing, as well as running the social media and shop of Reggae Roast, is that right?
“Jack of all trades, master of none eh! Yeah, I keep busy. So I’ve been with Reggae Roast for 4-5 years now. We’ve got the label, the events, the soundsystem. I’ve just released an album on the label that came out earlier this year – Warrior.”
How did you get to know (Reggae Roast founder) James Harper?
“When I first moved to London I lived in Camden. James is born and bred in Kentish Town and used to promote Reggae Roast at the Grand Union there in 2007 with Greg Burnell (who has now moved on to artist management at Stack House). I took Greg’s place and continued with Reggae Roast ever since. That’s been going for nine years now.”
So you used to live in Camden – how did you find life there?
“Yes, I used to live on St Pancras Way. I loved it. I had to travel a lot for work, of course, so would walk down the canal two or three times a week – it was great. Actually, my albums have been produced there, from my old home studio just round the corner from the Colonel Fawcett pub do you know it? My studio window looked out onto the beer garden.”
Any recommendations from your time living there?
“Oh, the record shops. I still go now even though I’ve moved to Peckham. I would spend far too much on records so it’s probably for the best I’m not in the area anymore. Some amazing finds.”
Tell me about your custom built sound system!
“Ah yeah, that was designed by Al Cree of Meta Acoustics. Then we picked out all the parts together and helped build it. Al lives on a boat in Canning Town where he does a lot of his builds.
It was a long learning period with quite a few teething issues, but it’s sounding great now. There’s nothing like it. We rarely use it in the outdoors so it’s always exciting to set it up and hear it playing out in the air, as it’s supposed to be. It’s more of an organic vibe than playing it inside a warehouse you know?”
Looking forward to the Reggae Roast Festival at the weekend?
“Oh yeah, if the weather holds out it’ll be great! But it’s always such a busy, bustling area anyway and once the sound system’s up and playing sweet reggae music it will draw people in. It’s an incredible sound, it hits you like a wall. And the food. I can’t wait for the food.”
Adam and his high fidelity audio and astronomically powered sound system will be at the Reggae Roast Festival 29th – 30th July, Kings Cross.
Have a listen to his new album, Warrior here:
Photos courtesy of Adam Prescott
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