Samphire Sounds is a Bristol based Reggae enthusiast with a penchant for Ska, Rocksteady and Roots. His show, Take Your Time, is a journey across records that he has collected over the years.
How long have you been DJing for and how would you describe your sound?
I have been selecting records for the last five years and been collecting for longer. I like to think of my sets as a combination of classic tunes, curious obscurities and sound system killers, all with a positive message and feeling.
How did growing up in the UK influence your music?
Growing up in Britain has exposed me to a whole variety of music that has really influenced my sound. Thanks to the Windrush Generation’s lasting influence on British culture, my exposure to Reggae music, and Caribbean culture on the whole, was abundant. Like many Reggae selectors, my first sound system dance was a pivotal moment in my musical career. The first experience of the pressure and warmth given over by the hand built systems was revelatory and I knew it was the music for me. The British sound system sets I visited consisted of a combination of original Roots music and the more raw UK Roots and Steppers. Characterised by heavier rhythms and digital instruments/production, it reflected the grey, urban existence of British-Caribbeans whilst keeping in touch with their musical roots. All of which I think is reflected in my selections.
Who or what are you inspired by?
Reggae music is deeply interwoven with messages of a larger communal attitude; it is a mouthpiece for a means of existence. I am forever inspired by the messages of openness, positivity, generosity and kindness that it puts forth. Sound systems like Aba Shanti-I and Jah Shaka put forward these messages and educate on the music’s history throughout one of their sound system dances. On a stylistic perspective, I love the way that Gladdy Wax can effortlessly move between Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Steppers whilst keeping a progressive and upbeat feeling throughout.
Is there something you try to convey in each mix?
I hope to continually spread the positivity found in this music with everyone. I want people that listen to have lifted spirits and come away feeling better about themselves and others around them, injecting a little sunshine into their lives!