Heavy Hammer orgoglio italiano nella scena dancehall torna a animare la Dancehall Area del Bababoom Festival sabato 21 luglio
Conosciuto a livello internazionale per lo spessore della sua Dubplate box, il modo innovativo di affrontare reggae soundclashes e dancehall party, i “Dubplates italian masters”, Heavy Hammer sound è un team di DJ e MC che gira il mondo suonando reggae, dancehall, dubstep e musica hip hop.
Fondata nel 1999 in una piccola città vicino a Lecce nel Salento, una zona calda del sud Italia chiamata da molti “la Giamaica italiana”, la formula nasce da quattro amici uniti dall’amore per la musica reggae dancehall e la cultura giamaicana, un sound system, e dancehall folli di fronte al mare fino al mattino.
A partire dalle prime danze nel Salento la crew è presto chiamata in tutte le principali città italiane e fuori d’Italia, come in tour per tutta l’Europa e nel Regno Unito, USA, Giamaica e Giappone e in tutti i principali festival europei.
Heavy Hammer è anche il sound residente nella più grande yard dell’estate italiana, la famosa spiaggia di Mamanera a S. Foca, vicino Lecce, dove le feste in spiaggia durante la stagione estiva sono solitamente frequentate da 4000-5000 persone. Heavy Hammer condivide la consolle con i migliori nomi del settore reggae e suona musica reggae fino alle prime luci del mattino.
In 2007 the crew wins his first official dubplate clash “One Shot One King”, killing in Rome the Rome-based Love Massive in front of 1200 people, becoming quickly one of the most dangerous Italian sound killers.
Few years later in 2010, the crew touches down in Stuttgart, Germany, to win the trophy of World War 3 Soundclash, a strictly dubplate war against Deebuzz from Germany, Captain C (ex Mighty Crown selector) from Japan, and Ruffpack from Switzerland.
Few months later they represent Italy in the Riddim Clash 2010, the European n.1 international soundclash that take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, alongside sounds like City Lock from Germany, Guiding Star from France, Rootsman from Canada, Poison Dart from Antigua and Blunt Posse from New York; after winning all rounds Heavy Hammer brings for the first time the Riddim Clash trophy to Italy killing Blunt Posse in the dub fi dub segment, earning the world fame.
During 2011 and 2012 the crew has travelled the world to represent Italy and Europe in sound wars. They started joining in the world temple known as Amazura in New York, the world clash called Sound Fi Dead 2011 alongside sounds like Bass Odyssey, Black Cat, Synemax and Tek 9; after a strong performance the crew wins the second round and then end up at the dub fi dub with Bass Odyssey placing at the 2nd place in their very first clash in New York. Just a week later they come back to Europe in a one-to-one clash in Wuppertal, Germany, against the Florida’s notorious Poison Dart
Few months Later, in April 2012, they join the Irish&chin World Clash R.E.S.E.T. at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to face sounds like Killamanjaro, Bass Odyssey, Black Blunt, Black Cat, Code Red from Jamaica and Rootsman from Canada. Even if that’s the first time the Hammers touch down the Jamaican island they conquer the third place, giving up only after a well discussed 4th round with Bass Odyssey and Killamanjaro.
It’s not over yet; during summertime Heavy Hammer flies to Japan for the Japan Soundclash Tour – the 1st one ever by a European sound – for 10 days of soundclashes and dubplate showcases winning every show, from Osaka to Fukuoka, Yokohama, Okayama, Hyogo and many more places.
The 2012 ends with the performance at Global Clash 2012 in Brooklyn, New York, where the sound faces off King Addies, Soul Supreme, Risky Dice from Japan, King Klepto from Canada and Madd Squadd from Jamaica.
The 2014 sees Heavy Hammer back in the arena representing Europe in the UK Cup 2014 clash on 19th of April in London, UK, alongside King Addies, Bass Odyssey, Fire Links, the 2013 worldclash winner Metromedia from Jamdown, Jahman Nuclear and Little Sample out UK.
After a stunning performance of 5 rounds the Italians killers give up in the dub fi dub after a big discussed Bass Odyssey performance, leaving a huge impact in the UK massive and “something to sekkle” between the two sounds in the final, that made the massive talking for weeks after the clash.
On March 2015 Heavy Hammer is booked to represent Europe at Sound Fi Dead 2015 in the Bronx, New York, alongside Bass Odyssey, Riddim Force, Camouflage and Kosmik Movements from the United States.
The clash stopped at the end of the third round, when the host couldn’t decide between Heavy Hammer or Bass Odyssey to be eliminated, basing on people votes. After about 30 minutes of stop and many controversies the clash has been reset to zero by a 5 minutes round, that left Bass Odyssey and Riddim Force in a tune fi tune that didn’t really take place due to the Riddim Force leaving after the first two dubs, declaring Sound fi Dead 2015 one of the most controversy soundclash in the sound system history.