Don Letts


Thursday 10th August 2017

Don Letts

What do you do?
That's like asking Marlon Brando in the The Wild One: 'what you rebelling against'? My main occupation is that of film maker but I also have a weekly show on BBC 6Music along with DJ'ing nationally and internationally. And Marlon Brando's answer to that question? - 'what you got?'

How you would best describe your job?
A mixture of pleasure and pain but I enjoy what I do so I figure I'm on a winner.

Where are you from?
Born in Brixton - raised in London - live in Kensal Rise. I'm what this city looks like!

Describe your style in three words?
The Rebel Dread

One Film you would love to have directed?
'The Harder They Come' directed by Perry Henzell - helped break reggae worldwide and inspired me to become a film maker. The soundtrack's crucial vinyl.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
Barack Obama - as the first African American president his importance to people of colour globally is impossible to overstate.
Related track's gotta be: James Brown's 'Funky President’.

Which British musicians have influenced your approach to life?
Joe Strummer, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ari Up.

British Subculture you feel will have the greatest legacy?
Obviously Punk - because it was complete subculture not just a stylish soundtrack. It was an attitude that informed/inspired writers, poets, graphic artists, photographers, fashion designers and yes film makers! Related track's a toss up between The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy in the UK' and The Clash's ‘Complete Control'.

Listen to Don Letts' new podcast in which the legendary DJ and film maker looks at the beginnings of Reggae, from the naming of the genre, the tracks that created the foundations, the catalysts behind the genre and even his father's Sound System parties in South London.

Don Letts and Turtle Bay present Reggae 45


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