Papa A Side

Ben and I playing records together about a decade ago.

I’m an old guy and former DJ–that is until recently (to be clear, I’m still an old guy, its the DJ part that changed). My son Ben is a respected Drum & Bass DJ based in Calgary, Alberta and one of the principals of PK Sound, an innovative speaker manufacturer and sound support company. Back in December Ben asked me to join him for a DJ set at Broken City, a local music hotspot hosting a Saturday afternoon DJ jam in spite of the fact that I hadn’t played records publicly in years.

Unity Sound Saturdays features resident and guest DJs playing reggae, dub, hip-hop, downtempo, acid jazz etc., and Ben suggested I dip into my massive collection of dub and reggae records. I was only too happy to oblige and now it’s turned into a regular gig. On the second Saturday of every month Ben and I will be on the decks for some dub’n reggae fun. Feel free to join us if you are in Calgary! As for my DJ name… Ben’s DJ moniker is Benny B-side and his pals have dubbed me Papa A Side (no pun intended).

February 15, 2014

For my second outing at Broken City I got a little more adventurous and played a longer set. I started with some nice vintage reggae before wandering off into dub-infused beats, a taste of jungle and finishing with a new take on a reggae classic.

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Papa A Side Dec2013 Dec. 28, 2013

My first tentative set at Broken City. I had no idea what kind of crowd would show up so I relied on instinct and put together a smokey 40 minute dub set with a few reggae classics for good measure. They liked what they heard and asked for more.

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