- OrginKingston, JM
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‘Yuh haffi tek serious tings mek joke’ is the Jamaican adage that this band of High school friends took ans somehow flipped the script on. “We took a joke and made it a ‘serious hobby'” recounts Emorej. This is the story of Liquidity International.
Liquidity Disco was the brain child of Eddie ‘Biscoty’. Eddie saw all the sounds walking into the venue at an Aylsham BBQ, in upper St. Andrew Jamaica in 1998. The members of the group were in 4th form at Wolmer’s Boys School. Then, it was an ‘it’ event among the youth social calendar. Eddie commented, jokingly, to the group that we should form a sound as well, and suggested that we call it ‘Liquidity’. Of course, they all laughed at such a ridiculous idea. Needless to say that by lunch time Monday morning they were making plans of creating a sound.
The members were added to the group in the Chronological order, Eddie ‘Biscoty’, Odave ‘Kid Kapone’, Kristopher ‘Kalindo’, Rory ‘Spliff’, Jerome ‘Emorej’, and Omar ‘Syclone’. ‘When it came on to finding a name for the sound, Liquidity was one name that some members didn’t want to call the sound’ recalls Syclone. ‘We spent weeks searching for a name, one of them that came close to coming to fruition was ‘La Gucci Mafia’ says Emorej, then we recalled the pockets of Spanish that we managed to retain and remembered that ‘La’ was female?of course that one had to go. They eventually reverted to ‘Liquidity Disco’ and consoled themselves with the fact that they would make the name mean something and not the name make them.
As typical school boys they spent that school year saving their lunch money to buy equipment and never had their first playout till April of the following year. It was a sweet sixteen for a St Hugh’s girl who shall remain nameless. By September 1999 we had our first ‘biggish’ playout at a dance at the top of Stoney Hill. That was the first time we had that type of experience with 4 big sounds, 4 giant columns of speakers and the environment ripe for a sound clash. We did our thing, stepped back and watched these big sounds go at it ‘that was the real deal’.
By then they were in 5th form and another Wolmerian Kevin ‘Lunatix’ joined the aspiring djs. By the end of 5th form a number of the members had migrated to the Florida in the United States leaving Kid Kapone, Spliff, Emorej, Syclone, and Lunatic. After Eddie, who was the passionate force behind the movement left, they soon realised how difficult the sound system game was, and to some extent still is. Emorej states convincingly however that they still held the faith and progressed as the remaining members regained their spirit and Syclone assumed the leadership role.
By then Syclone’s father was a significant supporter of our cause buying us multiple pieces of equipment, even our first brand new mixer. We emulated sounds like ‘Black Talon’, first time ‘CopperShot’ with Donny and Zig Zag, Adonai, and of course, the mighty Black Chiney. The thing is, although we listened to other big sounds like Stone Love, Kilomanjaro & Metro Media, we gravited to the remixing. We became a remix sound and eventually got our respect for that.
In 2001 they found their outlet to notoriety and playouts with their series of mixed cds. Once a year, or even twice a year, they made these elaborate production of ‘intros’, samples, ‘specials’,’dubplates’, self produced skits, fresh dancehall and solid original remixes.
As we fast forward a few years and a many playouts, Syclone’s younger brother Phllip ‘Pullup’, a Wolmerian as well joned the crew. At the heart of the movement were Syclone, Sowalime, Lunatic, and Pullup. There progression has been an interesting one. At one point they went through a phase when they were doing corporate functions and sweet sixteens more than they were doing sessions. That soon changed when Syclone, Emorej & Lunatic reach the University of the West Indies where they did the ‘Integration Thursdays’ Series for their entire scholastic career at the institution. They soon became popular doing all kinds of events.
In 2004, Marc ‘Mezz’, a student of The University of Technology joined the group with a passion for becoming a ‘DJ’. Mezz proved to be a quick student and took the Liquidity brand to another level. He became an impressive, Dj, mic man and technician. 2008 was his biggest test to date as both his mentors Syclone and Emorej spent the year away pursuing their Maters degrees. Mezz & Pullup produced a busy year for the recent graduate and current students of the The University of the West Indies respectively. They built on a strong foundation , maintaining positions as resident djs for numerous party series and other big special events over the year.
Syclone returned home at the end of the year having completed his studies and has the members energized stating vehemently ‘Liquidity, 2009 is mine!’ Emorej is still away as he makes some outlays to establish the brand in Canada, so that Liquidity Disco in unwavering fluid fervour can lay true claim to being ‘Liquidity International’.