In the early 90′s supporting reggae band Sasquash & prior to that ska, punk reggae band Funzig (I was the drummer in both bands), I had been collecting vinyl since i was 11 years old buying anything reggae style i heard on the radio, Specials, Madness, Eddy Grant, Musical youth & of course Bob Marly, this ineveitly lead me to King Tubby & Lee Scratch Perry…. That was IT for me pure joy! I loved introducing people to the feelings the music gave me & so I played them to anyone who would listen.
At this early stage Operation played free outdoor & house parties, just about anywhere that would let us string the boxes up & play. Learning quickly & working hard OSS established a reputation for good vibes, heavyweight sound & conscious selections, helping pave the way to some big shows such as: Band on the wall Manchester, Don valley stadium Sheffield & most notably the now legendary dance’s held at Tony’s New Empress Ballroom in Blackburn.
These truly memorable dances where regularly attended by 300-400 people with some big names passing through. it was playing this venue & wherever else possible OSS developed our signature sound & operating style.
These dances still even continued when the band (sasquash) sadly disbanded & crew members came & went, worse was to follow later when the Ballroom was sold, dances stopped & the sound was left looking for a home. However, OSS had started to to be noticed nationally after a series of high profile ‘sound meetings’ in 98 & 99. After these it was obvious that “the roaring lion sound, outta Blackburn (or as people now started to name us “the Northwest heavy weight”) … was clearly a force to be reckoned with. In the years following we were fortunate to be invited to play dances & sound meets all over the UK from Plymouth to Glasgow.
Releasing our 1st vinyl “Rally Round” with Daddy Teacha to much acclaim in 2004… this quickly became one of the best selling UK roots records of the year, again raising the profile of the sound not just in UK but for the 1st time overseas.
Playing venues such as Sub Dub Leeds, Dub Central Sheffield & others now on a regular basis, Operation continued to build progress, & tour the UK. Releasing the next 12″ EP “Righteousness” with up coming roots singer Jah Mikes in 2006, this again received a great reception & review’s.
I rebuilt the original sound after 11 years on the road, new boxes & a new pre-amp were needed, it was hard work & expensive, however, somehow I found enough money to re-build & proudly let the ‘new’ sound loose in March 2007…. It caused a sensation ….. from that date to this we have never looked back ….. the sound has never once disappointed or let us down no matter where or who the competition. Entering the 2009 Jah Works roots & culture unification dub Cup, Operation Sound eventually only went out after very very close run musical battle with the cup winner King Earthquake. 100′s of sessions with the sound system have since followed.
Our recent vinyl releases with Alexia, Don-fe, Prince Jamo, Daddy Teacha & Ricky Grant have been very well recived with positive acclaim & reviews world wide.
Operation still play dances in all corners of the UK & Europe.
2016 will be the 20th anniversary of Operation Sound System. & see our 1st Lp release
OSSR10-001 – “Rally Round” -Daddy Taecha – 2004
OSSR12-001 – “Righteousness” – Jah Mikes – 2006
OSSR10-002 – “An eye for an eye” – Alexia -2012
OSSR10-003 – “Chant a psalm” – Prince Jamo – 2013
OSSR10-004 -”Jah Soldier – Daddy Teacha – 2014
OSSR10-005 ‘”Mount Zion Step” -Ricky Grant – 2014
OSSRLP-001 – “Vocal & Dub Showcase” – Daddy Teacha & Operation Sound System – 2015
OSSR10-006 -”Dictator” – Charlie Chaplin / Razzle / Sasquash – 2016