PHOP spoke to Ska fan Phil Bush about his love of records and original soundsystems. Phil was a teenager in the late 1970s when the 2 Tone Ska revival. Listening to Prince Buster covers got him interested in the original artists themselves – “I sort of got carried away from there.”
“Ska music is like soul music in that it’s from the heart. There’s also a lot of social commentary in it – on the poverty in Jamaica etc. – so it’s a combination of true stories and the raw music that make it so great – it’s honest. That social commentary side of the music translated quite well to the UK. It’s a different kind of hardship in the UK compared to Jamaica but the honesty and working class aspect of it did translate. Besides it’s just good music anyway.”
Phil got into building sound systems nearly twenty years ago after being frustrated at the lack of proper amplification at the parties he was attending. “A sound system isn’t a PA; it’s like a musical instrument so you have to treat it like on when you play.”
This photo shows Phil’s own creation, Sounds and Pressure, alongside another system called Axis at a sound clash in London.