Welcome to the original FATMAN SOUND SYSTEM
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Based in the United Kingdom, Fatman Sound has been playing in reggae dancehalls from the late 60’s, a true foundation in thereggae music industry Fatman Sound continues to entertain the reggae masses worldwide.
Over the generations, Fatman Sound has become and remained a musical legend playing week in, week out in some of the worlds top reggae venues.
The 70’s and 80’s saw a number of events featuring Fatman Sound System and a host of top reggae artists performing live on the set, including Jack Ruby, Johnny Osborne, Gregory Isaac, Errol Dunkley, Barrington Levy, U Brown & many more.
In the sixties Fatman was the selector for a sound called ‘Fanso The Tropical Downbeat’, playing locally at parties and blues.
“Dem days, we used to share equipment and use one speaker” Fanso packed up the sound and went to Jamaica, leaving Fats with no sound. After listening other sounds Fats, didn’t hear any sound he liked and decided to build his own, and did so working two jobs.
After messing about with a few names like ‘WILD BELLS’ Fatman started to get popular; as popularity grew so did his belly hence the name Fatman. Fatman was very involved in reggae music working with the likes of King Tubby’s, Bunny lee and Prince Jammy.
Fatman was soon to become North London’s No.1 playing dances with most of London’s best sounds and winning various competitions. Fatman Sound continued to advance in music and experienced its 1st European spot in Belgium with the late great JACK RUBY SOUND from Jamaica.
He then went on to France for the record company BLUEMOON in 1983. Back in London Fatman Sound toured with METROMEDIA in the latter part of the eighties. Also, with the launch of London’s No.1 foundation pioneer radio station R.J.R by Fatman in the mid 80’s, Fatman become a dominant force on the reggae music industry.
The early 90’s saw Fatman Sound System take a back seat, while Fatman himself concentrated on production, distribution, promotions and managing his son’s new sound system “Goldstar Muzik”. As with Fatman’s original sound system, “Goldstar” went on to perform in top venues with top artists including Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Body Guard, Waggy T, King Jammy’s, David Rodigan and many more throughout Europe and the UK.
Although Fatman’s original sound system had taken a back seat, it was playing regular at dub/revival events including some classic confrontations with Jah Shaka & Sir Coxsone. The late 90’s saw the defragmentation of “Goldstar Muzik” and Fatman’s son, DJ Flip, formally Digital Flip transformed the original Fatman Sound System and gave the people what they wanted.
DJ Flip & Fatman himself were determined to put Fatman Sound System back the map. With DJ Flip playing on a number of top radio stations throughout London the word quickly spread, that Fatman Sound System was back in effect.
2ND GENERATION . DJ FLIP/FATMAN SOUND
Dj Flip started his interest in music from a young age, being the son of the legendary of Sound System owner Ken ‘FATMAN’ Gordon. (FATMAN SOUND) based in North London, Dj Flip was exposed to music from an early age.
He listened to both reggae and soul at home after school aged 13 on his father’s Gerrard deck.
Flip also was allowed to attend FATMAN SOUND Sessions aged 14 with his older brother Paul ‘General’ Gordon, and went to all the sessions travelling in the back of the truck.
He helped set up the sound, lifting boxes, running wires, setting up the amp case, and listening to the music, this continued until in 1986 when Flip went to Jamaica and had his first dub session at KING JAMMY’S studio.
Jammy’s and Bunny lee have long been friends with Fatman and all consider each other to be family. The session comprised of Horace Andy, and Penny Irie with Genius as the engineer and Flip carried the dubs back to London for the sound to play.
Behind the scenes, Flip used to travel to Jamaica to buy pre- release records in J.A and distribute in England for a year and a half or so.
He also helped compile Fatman’s Dub Albums. Flip was responsible for sifting through tapes, finding tracks and getting the qualiyof the recordings up to par. He continues to assist Fatman, with his production catalog.
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