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Dennis is pretty soft-spoken and comes off as humble. So, of course, all the good stuff we talked about came after the camera was off. Recreating as best i can.
“There was always music in the house,” he says when i ask how he got into mixing. And a very wide range of music. Jazz. Pop. Island music. And every Sunday? Classical. Only classical on Sundays.
His first foray into live music came as a young man when he owned what was called a “sound system” in Jamaica. That does not mean he owned a P.A. A sound system was the rough equivilent of what would have been called a “discotheque” in the late ’60s in the U.S. Adn it was successful. But that was a time when Kingston was a violent place and Dennis felt it better to shut down than risk harm to his patrons. Shortly after he was told that a record store he frequented had a mastering studio upstairs. Taking his deep and wide knowledge of recorded and live music their, he set up shop and began mastering recordings for some of the biggest names in the fast growing reggae scene.
“That is where I met Marley and his band. They were local kids. They kept telling me they were going to tour in the U.S. and that they wanted me to mix them when they did. I thought nothing of it. Until I got a phone call from Philedelphia telling me the tour started in two days and could I get there? I did not go home for two years.”
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– Rev. Bill