The dancehall-turned-roots reggae selector reflects on his influential Dubwise party’s early days and friendship with rising star Protoje.
Growing up around his father’s Mandeville, Jamaica-based soundsystem, Love People International, Yaadcore started out as a dancehall DJ before becoming disillusioned with the genre’s often explicit, occasionally offensive lyrical content. He has since found his place as a key figure in the roots reggae revival movement, becoming the first DJ to share on Jamaican airwaves the music of leading lights Chronixx and Protoje. It was with the latter that Yaadcore launched his regular Dubwise parties, introducing a new generation of listeners to foundational reggae jams with guests like David Rodigan and King Jammy; he has also found a devoted audience for his long-running Reggae Aroma mix series. He joins Max Glazer in the studio this month to revisit the tracks that made Dubwise the event it is today, and tell us a bit more about the Protoje he knows personally.