Wat a Ting # 1 featuring YT (UK)
VenueThe Valve Bar
LocationAgincourt Hotel, 871 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
2017 is set to blast off with 2 big b2b sessions Wat a Ting #1 & Wat a Ting #2. -> https://www.facebook.com/events/724748664356214/
Featuring 2 heavyweights – YT (27JAN) and Radikal Guru (03FEB)
Big vibes in the Valve basement with Foreigndub’s Soundsystem in the place with special Guests Jah Tung & Stevie Dub
Tickets avalable online http://reggaecarnival.com.au/ticket/
The Suffolk town of Ipswich is not where you would expect to discover a leading light in UK reggae, but this is the reality of YT, the artist whom David Rodigan refers to as ‘an original and inspiring social commentator’.
Bursting onto the scene with an unashamedly British sound and story, YT has cemented his place as one of the stars of contemporary reggae, making a name for himself as a white British artist in a predominantly Caribbean-dominated genre.
Growing up on a diet of Saxon sound tapes and practicing the lyrics of 80s UK veteran deejays such as Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Asher Senator and Smiley Culture as well as Jamaican artists like Papa San and Yellowman, gave the young YT an education in reggae lyrics and how to flow over a beat.
He says ‘…that is really where I studied the lyrics and learnt how to tackle subjects and them times if you could chat lyrics from a Papa San or an Asher Senator song then that was real skills as they were some complicated lyrics! What they were talking about at that time really inspired me, the message of what they were saying, the whole life experience thing was deep and I had a lot to say on that level from my own life’.
YT became part of Ipswich sound, Ashanti, and in 1992 went into the studio for the first time in Brixton with Dennis Rootical. He went on to link with Patrick Donnegan at Progressive Sounds in Battersea, Jack Reuben, The Riddler and a young Seanie T, and Stingray (one of the major London labels). It was this link that eventually took him to Jamaica to work with Big Ship, John John and Shocking Vibes among others.
YT has founded his own label, Sativa Records, and has had hit singles with leading producers from around the world including Mungo’s Hi Fi, Necessary Mayhem, Congo Natty, Vibronics and many more. They include the international smash hit ‘Wicked Act’, a thought provoking account of 7/7 London bombings, and the chart-topping ‘England Story’.
He has also released four albums, ‘Straight Outta Britain’, ‘Born Inna Babylon’, ‘Revolution Time’,and . No wata down ting.
YT has toured across the UK and Europe, South America, and Asia, and his live shows are renowned. He has the ability to cross genres and sounds, spanning reggae, dancehall, jungle, and drum and bass.