Trojan Records and Tru Thoughts are proud to announce the launch of their collaboration with a special show at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. Taking place on Friday 23rd November, the night will feature back-to-back DJ sets fromFarsteppa (Trojan Records) and Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts) followed by a live performance from the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Founded in 1968, Trojan Records was the UK’s leading record label to ignite the reggae explosion that had swept across the country by the end of the sixties. Much has changed in 50 years, yet despite the rise and fall of numerous music trends and the development of new formats on which music can be acquired, Trojan Records has consistently maintained a significant and relevant presence in an ever-competitive market. With a vast wealth of music at its disposal, there is no doubt that the label will continue to do so for many, many years to come.
Founded in Brighton, UK in 1999 by Robert Luis and later joined by Paul Jonas, Tru Thoughts has established an international reputation for releasing a wide variety of high quality music in its nineteen plus years of running. Since the acclaimed first album release of Bonobo’s debut ‘Animal Magic’, the label has put out over two hundred LPs, across genres from electronic, funk, soul and hip hop to jazz, tropical, grime and more. Over the years, Tru Thoughts’ eclectic roster has included names such as Quantic, Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Rodney P, Hidden Orchestra, Flowdan, Zed Bias, Anchorsong, Moonchild and the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band.
Kicking off the night with a Trojan vs. Tru Thoughts DJ set are and Farsteppa and Wrongtom. Coming from the Trojan Records camp, Farsteppa has been in the reggae scene for over 10 years since he started collecting records in Prague. From organizing festivals and DJing around the UK, Czech Republic and Slovakia to co-running the Trojan label, Farsteppa is an intrinsic part of the reggae community. Genre-crossing, reggae-rooted producer Wrongtom is well known for his solo productions, DJ sets and collaborations including Roots Manuva, Django Django, Hard Fi, Deemas J and The Ragga Twins. From his beginnings in a jazz band, playing gigs throughout his native London and around the UK, this musical multi-tasker has made his name all over the world.
Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry takes to the stage as the evening’s headliner. Holding status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time, from his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxson Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through to his ground-breaking productions at his famed Black Ark studios, which pushed the boundaries way past their previously conceived limits. Always one to follow the beat of his own drummers, the eccentric genius Perry continues to break new ground with the hardest rebel Rasta tunes and the most unpredictable instrumental dubs.
All this will be taking place on Friday 23rd November at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. Conceived as a democratic space for art, culture and recreation, and as a hub for the wider community, the building’s design is unique, purposeful and progressive, embracing the international style while remaining quintessentially British. Named after the 9th Earl De La Warr, who was the driving force in its creation, the Pavilion was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and opened in 1935. Today it continues to be home to an ever-changing programme of established and emerging artists.
De La Warr Pavilion presents Lee “Scratch” Perry
Friday 23rd November, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Stage: Farsteppa (Trojan) vs. Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts), 7PM / Lee “Scratch” Perry, 10PM