Blackstar was established in 1994 where we started playing under Andrew Hanwell’s house in a small room that we called ‘The Underground’ with about 30 people. (house party) The name Blackstar is significant as it was the name of a nice sound in Jamaica from the 80’s. I got some Technic turntables and bought my coffin from Magic (Souljah One) who was my favorite Bermuda Sound. We played ‘out’ in our first dance at the sports club in Sands (Watford Bridge) and then had our first good crowd at our second dance at the Squash Club in Devonshire for a party.
We kept many dances at Mariners Club with an average of 250 attendees each time. We had the opportunity early in our career to play along sounds such as Killamanjaro and Massive B. We won a radio contest on Power 95, Bermuda’s biggest radio station at the time, with the prize being a one hour show once a week for 6 months. We had our own promotion and biggest dance with over 800 people at Spanish Point Boat club at one of our ‘Summer Bash’ series. We had a small sound system, 2 single bins, which worked for most of our parties. Anytime we would keep bigger dances, we would use Awesome Hi Power sound system.
We’ve had the opportunity to play along with some legendary sounds such as Killamanjaro, Stonelove, Rodigan, Mighty Crown and open for live concerts with such artists as Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Collie Buddz, Luciano, and Tarrus Riley. The first big artist we voiced on dub was Sanchez when he was in Bermuda for a show. We were known in our early years for our Sanchez dub (Praise Him) and our Shabba dub (Heart of a Lion). We’ve been fortunate enough to have played along side of the majority of Bermuda sounds throughout our 21 year history. Just a few of the people we have to thank for all of the opportunities and help throughout the years are: Kent (Dub) – Dub City Records Donovan McCoy Declan Harris & Wild Apache Awesome Sound (Mark P, Rocky, Mouse) Magnum Force Sound
Rodigan – dances Stonelove – dances Beres Hammond Live Concert Tarrus Riley Live Concert Killamajaro – dance Mighty Crown dance One Love (Italy) – dance Gentleman Live Concert Wayne Wonder & Baby Cham Live Concert Live Show with Luciano Live Show with Jr. Reid & Yami Bolo Live Show with Courtney Melody, Halfpint & Admiral T Shaggy & Collie Buddz Live Show Blackstar 15 Anniversary with local sounds – dance many more