Since the start of this serie i have introduced real reggae sound systems like King Shiloh and Mungo’s Hi Fi. Now it’s time for a newcomer out of Sweden. Say hello to Sir Alex’s Higher Ranking Sound System.
Since when do you run the Sir Alex’s Higher Ranking Sound System?
Why did you start to run the sound?
Because I want to dance! I have been to several dances in Sweden, including Meditative Sounds, Dub Tribulation and Cultivators but almost all of these sound system dances are held at locations far away from where I live and the travelling can be expensive in the long run.
The sound system culture is not big in sweden, particularly in Gothenburg. Cultivators is a active sound that plays once a year but it is not enough for me to be satisfied, and if you want to dance to a lot of good music then you have to start them yourself!
How long did it take you to build up the current set of Higher Ranking Sound System?
The idea to start a sound system came to me in the summer 2011. I started looking for information anywhere on how to go about it. I called and emailed around to the Swedish sound systems crews for tips and advice, found information on Internet forums, speaker plans, etc.
Sir Alex’s Higher Ranking Sound System
In the middle of all planning, I came into contact with a guy who wanted to sell his entire set. It was a great deal and bought it, saving both time and money. It would be more expensive if I build all by myself. The scoopers are built by Jah Tubbys in the 90′s and has been used by three sound before me.
Who belongs to your crew and what is his function?
It’s only me right now: Sir Alex – selecta, engineer and owner.
How often do you play the full set during a year?
I have not had my first dance, yet, but it will come. Be sure about that! The goal is to play as often as possible.
What was the longest journey you have done with your sound system?
To the garage close to my home, about 500 meters, ha ha.
Please name your top 5 artists and top 5 producers.
Artists: The Abyssinians, Horace Andy, The Gladiators, Cornell Campbell and Helt Off (swedish reggae)
Producers: Dennis Bovell, King Tubby, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Lee Perry.
Do you run something else next to the soundsystem?
I’m a publicist for the biggest blog about Swedish reggae www.svereggae.se. Writer and photographer.
Any suggestions for people who would like to start their own sound system?
Do it and do it your way. Start small and grow, just like life. If it’s music you like then it doesn’t matter where the sound comes from. The important thing is that it makes you dance and smile.
Technical Rider of Higher Ranking Sound System
- Crappy DJ-Mixer
- 90′s Crossover
- Sonab 70s Record Player
- JTS preamp
- Barracuda Poweramp
- Alto Mac 2.4
- Alto Mac 2.3
- 2 x 18″ (which i think is PD 186 for bass, got two unloaded scoopers in the garage)
- 4 x 12″ unknown speakers for mids
- 2 x hornspeakers and 12 tweeters for top
- Aria echo chamber
- home made siren
- digital effect modul