— 14 Aug 2017, 21:53
The first Sunday of the month at Boxpark Croydon can only mean one thing - Rub-a-Dub-Dub. This event has been making huge waves in the BoxBar for bringing in the biggest and best sounds in Reggae, Dancehall and Dub. The magic of Rub-a-Dub-Dub is made possible by Brighton's very own Venum Sound. We caught up with co-founder Kris Lewis (Snakes) to give you the lowdown on what you can expect from Rub-a-Dub-Dub, as well as his favourite events and just why people call him Snakes...
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My real name is Kristian but most people call me Snakes because, apparently, I look like Kaa from the Jungle Book movie. I am married with two kids and I live in Brighton. I also have a massive addiction to reggae and dancehall music.
What lead to the creation of Venum Sound in 2011?
Basically, I acquired a stack of reggae sound system speakers from my brother-in-law who used to run a sound system, back in the day, and needed a sound system name to go with; so I came up with the name Venum Sound as it fit perfectly with my nickname - Snakes.
Venum celebrates the best in Reggae, Dancehall and Dub - who are some of your musical influences?
I'm pretty much influenced by all the legendary sound systems and selectors who helped pave the way for what Reggae and sound system culture is today. Saxon, Love injection, Coxsone ,Stone Love, Bass Odyssey and David Rodigan; as well as Mungos Hi-Fi and Reggae Roast, who are currently doing big things in the UK Reggae scene!
Venum Sound has toured events and festivals with David Rodigan's legendary Ram Jam - tell us about some of your favourite events and performances.
Playing on the main stage at Bestival 2016, before Damian Marley, was probably the biggest and most nerve-racking gig ever! Playing at the prestigious Reggae Geel festival in Belgium was special and a real honour to be on the line up, as well as Snowbombing in Austria. It was memorable as we had to get a cable car up the mountain to reach the venue which was in the middle of the ski slopes.
You've also performed with a number of iconic artists - who have been some of your favourite people to share the stage with?
Tell us a little more about your radio show on 1BrightonFM.
I have been doing my show for just over two years now on this great newly formed radio station based in Brighton. It's something I really love doing and it's a great way to spread that Reggae love.
Where else can fans catch Venum Sound this summer?
What was the last track you listened to?
Jah Cure - Lion in the jungle.
The next Rub-a-Dub-Dub comes to Boxpark Croydon on Sunday 3 September. You can register for your free tickets here