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From compiling TDK D90s in the early 90s to touring with The Wailers, remixing for Trojan Records and performing in front of thousands at festivals all around the world, Count Skylarkin has been making people dance for the past 20 years – specialising in new and vintage reggae, rocksteady, Jamaican ska, hot swing, jump blues, dancehall, hip hop and jungle vinyl, turntablism, pork-pie hats, dapper suits and guaranteed good times.
Over the years The Count has shared stages, decks and rum with such musical luminaries as The Wailers (2009/10/13 UK Tour DJ), The Specials, Toots & The Maytals, Chronixx, Protoje, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Max Romeo, Susan Cadogan, Mad Professor, David Rodigan, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, DJ Derek, Trojan Soundsystem, Benga, Coki, Norman Jay, TEED, Benny Page, Ashley Beedle, DJ Yoda, Alex Paterson (The Orb), Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Horace Andy. In 2015 the Count was invited to appear on David Rodigan’s BBC Radio 2 show, where he shared tunes and tales from two decades in music.
As co-founder of The Disco Shed he has made headlining appearances at numerous summer festivals, including Bestival, Latitude, Leeds, Reading and The Big Chill. Shedless, The Count has also rocked Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala, The Secret Garden Party, Outlook Festival (Croatia), Standon Calling, Winterwell, Notting Hill Carnival and countless others. An authority on reggae music particularly, he has written for several music publications, including NME.
More recently The Count (aided by Harvey K-Tel) has moved into production; watch out for their debut release “Dub Of A Preacherman” coming soon on Trojan Records.
Currently Count Skylarkin is the creator and curator of critically-acclaimed ‘Big Ten Inch’ vintage clubnights at The Book Club in Shoreditch and of course Skylarkin’ Soundsystem at The Prince of Wales in Brixton and The Cellar, Oxford.
“A true unsung hero” David Rodigan, BBC Radio
“Probably Ireland’s best-kept secret” Zone Magazine
“The King Of Rum & Bass” Oxford Mail
“A local institution, providing an essential education in all things ska, reggae and r&b… Club Night of the Week” The Guardian
“Rhythm and blues meets rocksteady, calls round for ska and rock and roll to see if they’re playing out before heading round to drum ‘n’ bass’s place for a party right out of the top drawer” bigchill.net
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