Barrington “Barry” King is an international DJ and music industry insider. His father ‘Prince Bert’ and Uncle Jim Daddy’ (Universal Sound System) were “Sound System Pioneers” of the first cultural London underground music scene.
The basement of our four-story house was transformed every Friday through Sunday night into a Shubin (house party) where great sound systems like Sir Coxsone, Duke Reid, and Soprano B amongst others would entertain the crowd till the early morning.
His father and his four brothers were all students of Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica. Many of the greatest Jamaican singers and musicians went to Alpha, including some of his notable classmates Don Drummond, Rico, Roland Alphonso (formally of The Skatalites), and Tommy McCook & many many more.
Barry was exposed to the music industry at an early age, Uncle Jim owned the 7-11 GO GO nightspot on Kennington Lane Vauxhall in London in 1965. Many artists performed and were exposed there including Prince Buster, Millie Small (My Boy Lollypop) and Carl Douglas (Kung Fu Fighting) to name a few. At this time, the club’s backing band was The Rudies (Rudies in Love). South London’s 1st Black-owned club!
In 1974 Barry’s parents bought an off-license called Emma P’s at 118 Railton Rd, Brixton ‘The Frontline’, where many of the big sound system owners would obtain their drinks for the weekend schedule.
Growing up amongst this business accruement inspired a young Barry to source new tracks and cut dubplates while also being an original member of Front Line International Sound System with top selector Natty, paving the way in breaking new music seven nights a week from deep roots, rub-a-dub to blues dance style. Not to mention he also lived across the road [in Sydenham] from Jah Shaka & was around them regularly at one point! With one thing leading to another and BK’s increasing love of music, this led him to work around many eclectic and diverse sectors in the industry.
In 1987 Barry joined pirate radio station, PRS Radio run by reggae artist Bruce Ruffin of “The Techniques.” He played soul and funk every Saturday 12pm-2pm GMT and also had shows on Sky, Twilight, Genesis, Solar, Starpoint, Colourful NuWave Radio Stations in the UK. Barry also furthered his skills by gaining a sound engineering diploma at the Islington Music Workshop.
Check out Barry King on www.lwrradio.com