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JAVA Nuclear
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2001-03-15
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Coming straight out of North London, namely Harlesden are JAVA Nuclear. Comprising of 4 members: Becks, Bunig B, Mega Man and Belly G, the sound has been established for 25 years with the latest members making up the second generation with ages ranging from 21 to 26.

JAVA Nuclear was founded by Colonal Brigadier, Macca, Joe 90 and Chanter Irie. Sadly the person who named the sound Giant is now deceased.

Becks and Bunig B originally hail from Stonebridge with Belly G coming from Harlesden and Mega Man originally from Jamaica. Belly G has been with the sound the longest at just 18 months whilst Becks and Bunig joined a year ago and Mega Man came along 8 months after them.

Prior to being on JAVA, Becks and Bunig used to play out at various parties using their aliases whilst Belly G was on a sound system called Roadrunner. They believe that JAVA is unique as a sound in that it is "one of the only sound to have its own system and equipment".

Each member got into the sound business via different means. Becks and Bunig played on a local radio station called Peoples Choice in 1993 while Belly G was promoting dances and Mega Man had an uncle who used to run a studio. As with their experiences, their inspirations were also varied. Becks and Bunig state they got into the business "through listening to Traffic Jam, Unique FM (and) Irie FM" whereas Belly G was listening to Bob Marley and Mega Man was "listening to sound tapes in Jamaica".

All the sound members enjoy "the buzz of watching people enjoy the music", but dislike "packing up afterwards". They class themselves as a juggling sound, but concede, "We have a few scores to settle". So this status might change in the future. They love all their dubs, but favourite artists include Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and Lexxus.

As yet they have not been abroad on tour as a sound, but have been to a number of places in England including Manchester, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Nottingham and Leeds. They would love to tour Holland, Jamaica and the USA.

Currently the sound feels that Dancehall Reggae music is "on the up" because "the rhythms are getting faster (and) the artists are speaking their minds more freely".

If they weren’t involved in the sound business, Becks and Bunig would be on a radio station with Belly G still promoting and Mega Man would be an MC. They advise up and coming sounds "don’t throw any records away no matter how old they are. Never give up trying."

Their plans for the future include "putting ourselves on the same pedestal as our predecessors" and they’d like to get "people talking about us in a positive way". They want all their fans to know that "the name is the same" although the faces might have changed. Basically they are "the next generation of JAVA Nuclear power" and we need to keep an eye of them.

Contact Becks to book the sound on +44 (0) 7931 108 330.


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