DJ EARTHPIPE

Performing alongside some of the biggest names in dub, roots reggae, jungle, drum & bass over the last 30 years

About me

An earthpipe is an ancient traditional smoking device found in Africa and is usually made in the clay found on riverbanks. Made by molding clay around a reed then pulling out the reed leaving a tube under the ground. A bowl to hold the herb is fashioned at one end and the users mouth is put to the ground at the other to use the device.

Walt aka DJ Earthpipe has been playing his conscious raising message, and special dubilitious selections of reggae and bass music’s since 1989. His passion for playing his rootical music selections has resulted in him performing with some of the biggest reggae and bass music artists at club events and festivals across the world.

Walt has been a dedicated vegan, animal and human rights and environment supporter for more than 30 years.

Walt is a accomplished cook having worked at several vegan cafes and restaurants even making his own vegan burgers to sell at his stalls at Glastonbury, Castle Morton and Tewkesbury festivals. Walt has his own allotments growing organic vegetables, herbs and pulses and loves foraging for wild food, especially wild mushrooms. Walt has a deep interest in natural and alternative medicine also having trained in Reiki and ayurvedic therapies in India.

He believes your medicine is in your food and tries to remove modern processed foods and chemicals from his diet. He also tries to reduce plastic packaging and buy locally produced food to reduce air and sea miles and so minimise his carbon footprint and the environmental impact of his food. Also buying fair trade when he can trying to ensure the workers of the world are not exploited.

He is an avid recycler and buys green energy and cleaning products in his home. Each and every step contributing towards a better world and greener future.

Lowering his carbon footprint and his impact on the environment in his everyday life is very important to him, trying to counteract the impact of his travel to perform at many of the worlds biggest festivals and events.

“Reggae has been good to me and the chosen are few! Respect always to Jah and the Rastafarian movement for inspiration guidance and protection and furtherment of my career and my dreams”. I also have a dedicated Sweetpotato crew who work very hard to make our events happen.

Thank you to our followers and all who have helped and supported Sweetpotato. Also the positive influence of the local people in my neighborhood, who inspired me from the age of 17, to study and play reggae music. I am very fortunate and will never forget that I could not of done this without you all. Respect always.”

DJ Earthpipe

Work History

Walt Earthpipe followed his grandfather’s musical footsteps, who was a singer, guitarist and saxophonist in dance bands and recorded onto 78rpm in the 1950’s. Walt has had more than keen interest in music, Hi Fi and sound that started in his teens, spending every penny he had on improving his own system and even writing essays on this subject at school.

Inspired by his love of reggae and the Nottingham’s DIY free party DJ movement, Walt first joined a DJ collective called ‘Diseased Disco’s’ in Nottingham in 1989. Each DJ played 20-minute set of their own favourite music at after hours ‘lock in’ above the Radford Arms pub on Friday nights. The Diseased Discos grew in popularity holding events at other venues in Nottingham, raising money for good local animal rights, environmental and homelessness causes.

In the early 90’s Walt started Sweetpotato Promotions, performing as support DJ at his own club events, where he promoted many of the best live reggae bands and sound system’s to the people of Nottingham and beyond. The likes of Dub Syndicate from Jamaica, Mad Professor, Zion Train & Asian Dub Foundation to name a few! Also creating his own award winning Sweetpotato Arts & Environment Festival in 2003. You can learn more about the work of Sweetpotato Promotions

As well as being support DJ at his own promotions Earthpipe performed as a DJ for Zion Train at many club events and festivals including Glastonbury festival in the 1990’s, where he also supported Talvin Singh & Grooverider.

In the late 90’s Earthpipe had weekly shows on Nottingham’s Pirate FM & Power FM pirate radio stations that led to him running his own Sweetpotato stage at Nottingham’s Caribbean Carnival bringing many reggae bands and DJ’s including ‘Back To The Planet & Nucleus Roots & Vibronics.

DJ Earthpipe will always be grateful for already having chance to meet and perform alongside some of the biggest names in dub, roots reggae, jungle, drum & bass and dubstep over the last 25 years:

Mungo’s Hi Fi Soundsystem / Earl 16 / Adam Prescott & Reggae Roast Soundsystem / Jah Shaka / Mad Professor / Dub Syndicate / Zion Train / Asian Dub Foundation / Vibronics / Riddim Tuffa / Lion Dub / Revolutionary Dub Warriors / Dreadzone / Kenny Ken / Shy FX / Ray Keith / Dj Steppa / Iration Steppas / Aba Shanti – I & The Shantiites / Jah Tubby / Mikey Dread (Channel One) / Congo Natty/ Kenny Ken/ RSD / Digital Mystics / Exodus / Hatcha / Skream / Youngsta / & many many more!

Subdub

In May 2002 Subdub invited DJ Earthpipe to support Horace Andy and subsequently invited Earthpipe & his Sweetpotato Soundsystem to join them as residents. 5 years of studying sound technology in the late 90’s in Nottingham, gave Earthpipe the technical knowledge & skills to develop his own soundsystem. He further developed his Sweetpotato Soundsystem at the 20 year residency at Subdub events in Leeds, under the watchful eye of the mighty Iration Steppas which has made him the ‘sound boy’ he now is.

For the last 20 years Earthpipe has provided Sweetpotato Soundsystem, décor and projections creating a special sensory environment at Subdub to raise the crowds awareness to nature and our tribal and reggae culture.

Earthpipe says one of his most memorable gigs was at Brixton Academy in London supporting Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the late Augustus Pablo and Lucky Dube at the same event. Earthpipe played at the majority of the Essential festivals in Stanmer Park Brighton and Finsbury Park, London, with the likes of Max Romeo, Jonney Clarke, Morgan Heritage, Mafia & Fluxy, Earl 16, Transglobal Underground and Asian Dub Foundation.

In 1999 played 5 sets at Glastonbury Festival on Avalon main stage. Earthpipe also played’ Strawberry Fair main stage, the Megadog Beach Festival on the ‘Firestarter Stage’ and on the ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ stage, at the ‘Total Eclipse’ Beach Festival in Cornwall.

Going international DJ Earthpipe has played on West Africa’s biggest radio station ‘Radio 100’ in Banjul, Gambia to possibly millions of listeners alongside friend Musa Mboob the master drummer.

In 2016 he played a full moon party at Haad Rin in Thailand, 2017 & 2018 DJ Earthpipe also played at ‘Deep Jungle’ festival in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. A favorite being Goa Reggae Sunsplash in 2018 and 2019 and 2020 India & 2019 ‘Anahatta’ in Nepal.

In 1999 Earthpipe completed a 7 date tour of France and a 4 date tour of Poland with thanks to his friends ‘Rise Up Sound’ in Czestochowa. Returning to Poland July 2016 to celebrate his 50th Birthday at the ‘Reggae On’ festival and Ostroda Festival playing along side Murray Man, Rise Up Sound, Digitron and Dubapest Hi Fi.

DJ Earthpipe has also performed at Outlook festival in Croatia 4 times in 10 years. Recently reaching Barbados, making his musical mark at reggae events and festivals throughout the world!

One Love!

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DJ Earthpipe & The Sweetpotato Soundsystem performing at monthly at SUBDUB & EXODUS & TRANSMISSION held in Leeds over the last 20 years...

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