Meet Ted, 32 years old from New York City.
“Made this playlist to fill a niche that I saw open to represent 'dubwise drum & bass' featuring my own production and remixes as well as the originators and upcoming generation of new talent.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
Growing up I listened to mostly live instrumental music, and jam bands, although I was constantly going through phases in fifth grade I only wore 'Wu-Wear' and listened to Wu-Tang Clan. My older sister was more into Rave culture, influenced from living abroad and she really was the first person to show me drum & bass music. Although it took time for it to grow on me, it wasn't until I was in an abroad program studying in London 2008 that I really got into Drum & Bass myself. Reggae and Dub has been a big part of my life for a longtime from my parents listening to Bob Marley to playing, to moving to Hawaii where I spent my high school and college years playing different instruments in local reggae bands.
What is the best concert you've ever been to?
This is a hard question because my dad took me to a lot of concerts from a young age, and working in the music industry I have been to a lot of shows and festivals. But one of the most memorable concerts was seeing the late reggae icon 'Gregory Isaacs' backed by Roots Radics in Honolulu, Hawaii at an old venue that is no more, called Pipeline Cafe. Gregory is one of my favorite singers with his super smooth voice and mystical style, he certainly is the Cool ruler, and his live performance was on point!
Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?
I started playing guitar from a young age, jamming with my dad and along the way have picked up keyboards, DJing, melodica and Ukulele. Recently I have been thinking I would like to learn how to the play the Cuatro as well.
What is your favorite quote?
I love a lot of quotes but a recent favorite from Eckhart Tollee 'Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour.'
Do you have a life slogan?
I don't have a slogan per se, but I've come to realize although hard work is crucial and important you can never force something that is not meant for your path.