If You ask me which early reggae dj's selections/podcasts I like the most I would put this guys on the top of my list.
But the reason we did this interview with them isn't only the content of their record boxes but fact that this two guys
do what they do with great passion and commitment. You can see that they just love jamaican music with pure love.
Remember if You will ever have opportunity to see them in action dont miss it!
So here is short interview with mighty Rudie Sounds from Oslo.
H Hot Shot Wear: Tell us please everything about Rudies Sound. Who is involved in this project? And how everything started?
Rudie Sound: The idea of Rudie Sounds started in the begining of 2010, when Freddy (Costa Rica) and Miguel (Chile) met in Oslo. We shared the same passion of music... latin ska, oi, two tone, and jamaican oldies like rocksteady, early reggae and ska! We started to consider Djing as a duo after a private party where we shared turntables for the first time.
From the beginning we wanted to create something serious with a memorable name, logo, nice flyers, podcasts, youtube channel and website.
We have been working very hard to brand Rudie Sounds during these past several years with Miguel, the mastermind behind the graphic design work.
Hot Shot Wear: Do You remember what caused your reggae fever? Maybe some gig or record?
Freddy: I remember the first time I heard ska, I fell in love with that music hehe.. there was a famous Latin American band called Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, after that I began to explore the music and found my way to the roots.
Miguel: My experience was rather similar, after so many years of listening to punk and oi! music, I started listening to 2-tone like The Specials, Madness, The Selector, etc. and ska-punk like Operation Ivy and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Hot Shot Wear: How long have you collected records?
Freddy: I started collecting records of different kinds of music since I was living in Costa Rica. It wasn’t easy to find and buy nice records there because there was not internet access at that time. Since I moved to Oslo, I’ve started collecting records seriously.
Miguel: I started collecting records 4 years ago.
Hot Shot Wear: Do have some records that You are especially proud of?
Freddy: Well, I’m proud of my whole collection because every record has its own history. They have a special meaning and oftentimes you have to wait for years til you get the record you were waiting for. My baby is Morning Sun by Al Barry and the Cimarons ;)
Miguel: I have a special appreciation for the vast majority of my records because they represent different moments and experiences in my life. My fave will always be Winston Francis – Chain Gang
Hot Shot Wear: I know You have many fabulous records but for sure there are some, you are dreaming of?
Freddy: I have a long list that never ends, one of the reasons that I love 60s Jamaican music is that I always find new and nice tunes! The record I wish to own one day is Alton Ellis - Mouth a Massy.
Miguel: I don’t have a specific one because the list of records I want to have is always changing when I discover more.
Hot Shot Wear: And do You have a favorite music producer?
Freddy: For me, Coxsone Dodd is the Rocksteady God!!!!
Miguel: Coxsone and Bunny Lee
Hot Shot Wear: I know that You are not only DJs as Rudies Sound, You also organize reggae parties in Oslo. Tell us something about that. Who has played with You in Oslo?
It wasn’t easy in the beggining, because Jamaican music is pretty unknown in Oslo. The first obstacle was to find a venue where to have our dances, it took several months to find a proper place. The first place we DJ’d is called Taxi Take Away and they made us feel like we were at home. After DJ’ing there a couple of times we got a new venue where we started orgnizing a monthly club. We have had the pleasure to have international guest DJ’s, including: Miss Gemini, Cello, Labase Martínez, Flo Dalton, Soulboys vs Rudeboys, Mass Centi, Bangarang Hi-Fi, Olas Boss and Bigger Boss.
Hot Shot Wear: You told that Jamaican music is pretty unknown in Oslo. What du You mean? How is the early reggae scene in Olso? Any bands and dj’s that You would like to recommend to our readers?
The scene in Oslo is very small and therefore, the various DJs have been helping each other from the beginning. There is another DJ crew who plays Jamaican Oldies called Get Ready and they have a monthly club where they have international guest Djs. There is also a popular Ska band that people should check out called The Phantoms-they play quite frequently here.
Hot Shot Wear: Do you listen to current reggae music? Maybe some favorite reggae bands from now.
Freddy: In my opinion, there are many bands trying to sound like 60´s music, but no one has reached that level except the fusion of these two bands: Los Aggrotones & The Red Soul Community—they are amazing!
Miguel: I like The Hotknives, The Offenders and The Red Soul Community alot.
Hot Shot Wear: And what do You think about the early reggae scene in Europe?
We really like that so many people attend our parties in Norway and the rest of Europe, where we have had the honor of playing. We love the variety of people who make the scene and we have had beautiful experiences in every venue that we have dj´d at.
Hot Shot Wear: In which countries have You played as Rudie Sounds? And maybe you have some places on the map that you would love to visit with Your cases full of records
We have had the honor of playing in Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, Spain & Sweden. We would love to play in Poland and of course a tour in Latin America, especially Chile & Costa Rica! And obviously where the people will invite us and appreciate the Jamaican music!
Hot Shot Wear: This the hardest question: Please tell us Your Top.
1. Alton Ellis - Mouth A Massy,
2. The Octaves - You are gonna lose me,
3. The Harmonians - Oh My Baby,
4. The Thrillers - Last Dance,
5. The Gaylads - Wha She Do.
1. Winston Francis – Chain Gang,
2. The Viceroys – Lip And Tongue,
3. The Three Tops – Vex Till You Buss