Ed aka Being One is a Roots, Reggae, Dub & Steppa Singer, Selector & Musician in Leeds.
" I was exposed to the underground dubstep scene in 2007 when some friends started producing the music and playing with Black Cat Soundsystem. Once I discovered my snowboard filming and editing skills could get me into events for free, I founded Castrum Productions and went on to capture many events around the UK and a couple in europe too. In 2011 I went to uni in Cornwall, and was introduced to soundsystem culture by Pressure Roots Hi Fi, and I have never looked back. I started helping setting up, and have gone on to help over 20 soundsystems including the legendary Channel One Soundsystem!!
Diverse Collective was a local reggae group who worked with Ramon Judah, one of my favourite reggae singers, and they gave me the opportunity to start playing, and use my other skills to set up and make videos of the events.
Now I come as Being One, having collected and selected, around the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Japan over the last 6 years . Since returning mid pandemic, Being One have been hosting the Musical Monday show, each and every week on Rootsyard Radio Studios Mixlr station, streaming all over the world.
As we move forwards, more live shows are coming once more, and I have begun my own journey into building a sound.
So be sure to look out for Being One, as we spread positive vibrations of roots, reggae and dub, to heal the nation.
We come as Being One.
Being One with ourselves,
Being One with life and
Being One with the all. "
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DIGGR: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Being One: "This is a tuff one, as there are so many great artists out there, but I have to give it to Mikey Dread of Channel One Soundsystem.
He has such a rich collection, and is a real example that the vibe is > than power, in the age of the super soundsystem, the true essence, vibe or culture can easily get lost."
D: What is it about vinyl that makes you dig it?
B: "For me, its a real thing, it gives character and is something you can actually collect, sometimes it takes you on a proper adventure when hunting specific tunes too. The feeling of playing it and equipment needed to do so I prefer to the more modern devices.
Also, let's not forget the warmer feel of an analog signal being pushed out the speakers!
D: Motivated Mondays … What tune gets your engine going?
B: "What motivates me every monday isnt a tune, but my Musical Monday Show on the Rootsyard Radio Studio: (www.mixlr.com/rootsyardradioshow).
If I had to pick just one tune, I would say Mistry Babylon out on I-tal Soup Records, with UK Principal bringing the vocals. He left us recently, bringing a deeper connection and feeling along with this tune. Rest In Power brother.
D: When digging, what are 2 of the things that draw you to a record?
B: "The first one is easy; value. Nothing beats finding a banger for incredible price.
After that, if digging in the dark, I might need to give it to familiarity, if I recognise an artist or lable I like. Its still no guarantee though, so its always best to give it a listen if you're able."
D: Where is your digging Mecca (city / country) and why?
B: "So far, that has to be Dub Store in Tokyo, Japan. They had 40 bargain boxes, full of 7's, at ¥ 200 - ¥ 300 yen each (£1.20-£2), I found some real fire power in there. It took me about 20 minutes to dig and listen to what I pulled out, you do the maths. And voila, all my earnings just disappeared! Another great thing about Dub Store is the cardboard boxes they send tunes out in.
I managed to get 5 for all the bargains I found, and sewed pockets to the inside of my jacket, allowing me to bring them all back safely on the plane, as my allowence was already maxed out!"
Thanks Ed for sharing your digs with us!
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