Not every DJ can claim to have been around name-brand artists since childhood, or to have absorbed reggae music and culture from infancy. DJ Felix, son of reggae journalist John Masouri, can although it was a trip to Kingston in 1997 and visits to studios like Big Ship, Penthouse, Mixing Lab and Anchor that awakened his desire to get involved and make his own contribution to the music he loves.
Inspired by Luciano and encouraged by the late Fatis Burrell, he began DJing at a night called Strictly Reggae, held at the Volk’s on Brighton seafront every Monday. Seventeen years later and Strictly Reggae is the South East’s longest running reggae night. It was there he teamed with sing-jay Culture B and founded Natural Elements; a popular pairing that regularly plays in and around Brighton.
Culture B also grew up with Reggae music. From the age of 12 he learnt his craft on London sound systems like Prince Melody, One Love, Mo Ambassa, I Spy, V Rocket, Neville King and Danny King.
He then studied electronics, which makes him an expert at sound technology.
He has also worked with Reggae Roast, Channel One, Mafia & Fluxy, Gussie P, Abbashanti, King Shiloh, Quaker City & Vincent Hinds.
Over the past 18yrs, Natural Elements have supported many touring artists like Maxi Priest, Toots & The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff & The Wailers. They have also worked with local Producers Prince Fatty and Roots Garden as well as appearing in nearly every bar and club in Brighton.
Currently they have a monthly slot at Brighton Komedia supporting sound systems like Sir Coxsone & Reggae Roast and artists like Macka B & Johnny Clarke and a bi-monthly slot at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar.
Bob Marley promised that when “the music hits, you feel no pain” and that’s what they deliver, no matter the style. Free of prejudice, they play all forms of reggae, whether ska, rocksteady, roots, lovers’ rock, one-drop, dub or dancehall, and whilst making sure to include remixes of every description, including r & b and hip-hop. Like the artists whose work they admire they aim to please their audience, and use the music to spread love and happiness. That takes integrity, vision, heart and soul – qualities they have in abundance. Oh, and an unbelievable music collection, which goes without saying!