Since March 2020, at the onset of COVID-19, Walshy Fire has brought soundsystem culture into the homes of thousands of viewers globally with the launch of the Soundclash.com Quarantine Clash series competition. Hosted by Walshy Fire and co-hosts, online soundclashes broadcast on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube with soundsystem DJ’s engaging in musical battles, trading dub plates, custom recordings of reggae dancehall tunes and exhibiting their skills. The #NoJingBang series launched in August 2020 sponsored by Serato, the world’s #1 DJ software. Soundclashes broadcast on twitch.tv/serato each Saturday.
Leighton Paul Walsh, better known by his stage name Walshy Fire, is a Grammy Award Winning Jamaican American DJ, MC and record producer who is better known as part of the dancehall reggae-influenced group Major Lazer alongside fellow DJs Jillionaire and Diplo. Walshy Fire toured with the Black Chiney sound system beginning in 2004. Black Chiney is cited as a significant influence on the evolution of Major Lazer with its mash ups that blend hip hop or R&B rhythms with reggae & R&B artist vocal tracks and its representation of the Jamaican sound system. The subsequent mix tapes that the Black Chiney collective of DJs, engineers and MCs would develop were the training ground for Walshy to become a producer.
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