Festival Q&A: Seani B

The 1 Xtra DJ plays a set of reggae, dancehall, soca and more at this year’s Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, 8-9 June

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What do you have planned for your Positive Vibration set?
I never plan my set! The vibe and the audience create the backdrop for me to go to work. This set is going to be extra special as we are privileged to have one of the the original fathers of what we do entertaining ya in his inimitable style – Rory Stone Love. He is someone who every DJ will salute and is a real DJ’s DJ! Get ready for a very special session.

Who else are you excited to see at Positive Vibrations this year?
I’m actually excited to be playing alongside Rory Stone Love. He has been and still is a massive influence in who I am as A DJ. I’ve been listening to Rory from around 1988 as part of Stone Love sound. He is the original juggling selector and birthed a whole generation of DJs and selectors like myself. If I was a football player, he would be my Maradona or Pele.

What’s your best festival memory?
My favourite festival memory is split between two Glastonbury performances. But I think it would have to be Glastonbury 2014, which was my second time there. I knew what to expect this time around and prepared for it. On route to Glastonbury I received a call to say your Bunji Garlin dub plates are in your email. I had been waiting over four weeks for them, they were custom cut for the event. Whilst on route I remixed and flipped the dubs. Four hours later it was pandemonium in the fields. I did think to myself that was pretty cool!!

What are your festival essentials?
My festival essentials start with a comfortable hotel if I’m staying over as I don’t do camping in wet muddy fields FULL STOP. That’s not very dancehall, lol. Other than that, a warm waterproof jacket, some kind of alcohol and a backstage pass to get my car in just in case I wanna chill in comfort before I do my thing. Hahahahah. Do I sound like a diva?

How does playing a festival differ from playing your own gig?
For me it doesn’t matter if it’s a festival, stadium, club, Xmas party, house party or even a friend’s BBQ. I have one mission: to shut it down. I love entertaining people no matter where I am. Everyone deserves the very best from me if I turn up, or I might as well stay at home. The only difference is the amount of people in front of you. I love festivals because you never know what to expect! People turn up to party and have a good time. For an energiser bunny like me, that’s a dream.

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