How to Build Riddims

October 19, 2009

Words & Photos: Martei Korley

One way to ensure some heavy riddim for your buck is to call up some good musicians. Firehouse Crew comprises of exactly that. The members have played together for the last 20 years and have built a rock solid reputation for heavy and creative sound and electrifying live performances. Many know Firehouse Crew(a pun on Waterhouse/KGN11 where tempers tend to run hot) as Sizzlaโ€™s backing band(now you know what he means when he turns around to face his band on stage and saysโ€ Fire!โ€), but they are more than that. As a studio outfit they regularly contribute material for a host of artists and producers. We caught up with them at Anchor Studios where they were cooking up some fat riddims while admirers of their sound kept filing in and out of the cramped Studio II.

It went something like this: King George, the drummer and bandleader sets the pace while the guitsy, Mitchum “Khan’ Chinย  and Donald โ€œDanny Bassieโ€ Dennis compare frets.

Then Paul โ€œWrongmoveโ€ Crossdale finds the keyboard riff

while Fatta is all over the board.

Spectacular, the Dj, couldnโ€™t help feeling the vibes and let the lyrics flow

Music has been made, not too different from a Motown session, reallyโ€ฆ

And like Motown, most of what these gentlemen output will stand the test of time …