Rise and Shine Soundsystem & Dread Movement proudly present:
Channel One the Original Roots Entertainer from London, UK, yes the Notting Hill Carnival ones!!!
Next 4th of March 2017 they’re gonna play some killer tunes in Bologna (Italy) @ Sottotetto Soundclub.
That’s my illustration & graphic design for the A2 Poster (594 x 420 mm) and A6 (148 x 105 mm) flyers.
Lately they’re keeping asking me more crowdy scenes like this one, so I think it’s always cool to excercise with different carachters, costumes and postures.
I’ve tried to make the people in the crowd look as much different as possible, while the soundsystem towers are the Channel One originals used as reference.
After sketching digitally with my wacom intuos pro, I’ve decided to print the bluelines and ink them traditionally, since some “real-life” lineart-flow to me is still irreplaceable!
Then I’ve colored the 600 DPI scan, using monochrome blue hues in the background and some “hotter”colors on the foreground.
I’m thinking about buying the next Wacom Pro to start drawing straight on the screen! If somebody uses it already please tell me how you feel about it, I mean: how it feels to pass from traditional inking on paper to the complete digital process?
I’ve tried an huge 27″ Cintiq @ NY Comic Con few years and it was real fun!
You can listen at some of the Channel One brothers music on their soundcloud profile:
They also have an official website: https://channelonesoundsystem.com/ where I’ve found more about their “bio”:
In 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley’s belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base.
Channel One’s mission is to break down barriers via reggae music, they have achieved this by playing new venues, new festivals and different countries, taking their unique sound to Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and all over Europe. Channel One also celebrated 30 consecutive years at the Notting Hill Carnival making them one of the must see soundsystems for attendees to Europes biggest street festival.
2009 saw Channel One embark on their hugely successful national Dub to Dubstep Tour, with financial backing from the Arts Council, via Blackroutes and support from Punch and Vagabondz. Channel One took their sound system to 6 cities, touring alongside Kromestar, RSD and Jazzsteppa, showcasing their dub reggae sound system as part of the tangible heritage behind dubstep. In 2011, Channel One have been on another tour, this time Dub to Jungle alongside Congo Natty, Tenor Fly, Congo Dubz, Nanci and Phoebe and Klose One. And finally in 2012 Channel One went on a Jamaica Party tour, celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence – alongside Coki, Mala, Shy FX, The Bug and Flowdan, Top Cat, The Heatwave, General Roots, RoxXxan, Rtkal and Screama. Finally Channel One have toured with the legendary Twinkle Brothers, a concept put together by Mikey Dread. These tours have been a great way for Channel One to reach new audiences.
Channel One Sound System were the Red Bull Culture Clash winners in November 2010, beating Skream and Benga, Metalheadz and Soul Jazz. Channel One competed in the Culture Clash in 2012 at Wembley Arena, against Major Lazer (with Usher and Rita Ora), Boy Better Know and Annie Mac Presents. Channel One are the first reggae sound system to have taken their sound to Wembley Arena.
Channel One Sound Systems hand built custom speaker stacks provide a rich heavyweight bass sound which compliments their tight selection of old and new dub reggae classics, all played from a single vinyl deck and accented with echos and sirens. MC Ras Kayleb compliments Mikeys deep draws with Rastafarian chants and song.