Barrington “Barry” King is an international DJ and music industry insider. His father Prince Bert and Uncle Jim Daddy (Universal Sound) were “Sound System Pioneers” of the first cultural London underground music scene. The basement of Prince B’s four story house was transformed every Friday through Sunday night into a Shubin (house party), where great sound systems like Sir Coxsone, Duke Reid, and Soparno B amongst others would entertain the crowd till the early morning. Prince B and his four brothers were all students of Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica. Many of the greatest Jamaican singers and musicians studies at Alpha, including some of his notable classmates Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso (formally of The Skatalites), and Tommy McCook.
Mr. King was exposed to the music industry at an early age, as his Uncle Jim ran the GO GO nightspot on Kennington Lane Vauxhall in London in 1965. Many artists performed and were exposed there including Prince Buster, Millie Small (My Boy Lollypop), and Carl Douglas (Kung Fu Fighting) to name a few. At this time, the club’s backing band was The Rudies (Rudies in Love).
In the early 1970’s, Barry’s parents bought an off license called Emma P’s at 118 Railton Rd Brixton in London, where many of the big sounds system owners would obtain their drinks for the weekend schedule. Growing up amongst this business accruement inspired a young Mr. King to source new tracks and cut dub plates for the infamous Front Line International Sound System with top selectorNatty, paving the way in breaking new music seven nights a week. With one thing leading to another and Mr. King’s increasing love of music, this led him to work in many eclectic and diverse sectors of the industry.
In 1987, Mr. King joined pirate radio station PRS Radio run by reggae artist Bruce Ruffin of “The Techniques.” He played soul and funk every Saturday 12pm-2pm GMT and had shows on Sky, Twilight, and Genesis Radio. Mr. King also furthered his skills by gaining a sound engineering diploma at the Islington Music Workshop.
In the early nineties, Mr. King’s professional skills were showcased in retail working for the world-renowned Black Market Recordsshop in Soho London W1. As a retailer, Mr. King sold soul, funk, jazz, house, Afro, Latin, hip-hop, reggae, and RnB to the underground influencers and profiled DJ’s from around the globe. Using this outlet, he quickly became know for supplying the best music for radio shows and club dates. He joined Wyld Pytch Records Store & Hype Promotions company in 1997, taking a role in promoting urban music and dance acts for major and independent labels and delivering projects directly into the hands of the UK’s top DJ’s and club promoters.
During the late-nineties through the mid-2000’s, Mr. King had a twelve year legal residency on the leading soul and funk internet and Sky digital music station of the times Solar Radio, breaking up and coming quality artists like Ledisi, Raheem DaVaughn, Jazzmine Sullivan, Dwele, and Goapele. These great artists, as well as many major and independent artists from the USA, Canada, UK, were exposed, played, and interviewed in the early stages of their careers on Mr. King’s pioneering show. Mr. King also secured further radio stints at Kiss FM 100 on Fat Freddie M’s show, Starpoint Radio (from 2009-2011), and Colourful Radio (from 2012-2014).
In addition, Mr. King created and wrote the article,“Dubwise,” and personally chose twelve tracks for its review chart in Echoes Magazine, formally known as Black Echoes. Traveling from London to Jamaica and the USA, Mr. King imported and sold unreleased and fresh promo music to various distributors and records shops, as well as working on a compilation called ‘The Review’ with Raphael Saddiq’s cousin T Hat and Omar Khalif.
Mr. King’s prowess has graced many venues in the UK like the Jazz Cafe,Cargo; as well as other residencies for various USA and UK acts including, Marc Mac (4Hero), Raheem DeVaughn, Peven Everett, Jazzmine Sullivan, Eska and MC Ty whom Mr. King DJ’d for while he was touring Europe and the USA. Mr. King also had a DJ residency for open mic sessions hosted by the Escoffery sisters’ club night called Kindred Spirit (2002-2009) and for Natalie Williams’s Soul Family night.
Mr. King is regularly invited to travel to the USA to play for high profile and corporate events including the ‘Master Of The Mix’ finale party sponsored by Smirnoff (Washington DC). Mr. King’s experience also includes DJ-ing for the unique and evolving band Foreign Exchange at The Assembly Hall (Brooklyn/New York), at ABB Records’ promotional party at the Winter Music Conference (Miami, FL), Ashford & Simpson’s ‘Sugar Bar’ (New York City, alongside Lady Alma, Taihisha, Yazarah and Jazzmine Sullivan who showcased their talents on various nights).
With Mr. King’s valuable life-long experience, multiple skills, and universal networking, his is fully qualified to assist with many projects in the entertainment industry and is dedicated to helping develop successful ventures.