The first time Tela-c met with the “reggae sound” was back in middle school, when he borrowed one cassette tape from his classmate. During that time, his image of reggae was Bob Marley but the cassette tape’s sound introduced him to a wider view. The new sound influenced him to go clubbing and visit events. But after a while, just going out did not satisfy him but made him buy a turning table and a mixer, visiting every record store in town. This is the beginning where he started to play the record in clubs and events. After playing over and over again, in the year 1994, he recognized the sound of “INFINITY16”. At the same time, in the same year, he wanted to give out the real Jamaican sound and flew abroad alone. There he touched the music, the culture, and interacted with a lot of people, the “real” Jamaican sound. The first Dub Plate was made at this time. After visiting Jamaica for one month, he brought back the experience to Japan and started playing again. Time to time he went back to Jamaica but every stay was too short so he decided to travel to Jamaica for a longer time. In 1998, he got ready for a long trip and left Japan. During his trip, he also visited the Jamaican culture in New York and came back to Japan in 2002. His experience and knowledge connected back in Japan and made him succeed to influence the sound in even bigger events. This is when INFINITY16 dramatically grew to a bigger sound. But Tela-c’s experience was not the only reason the sound grew, it was his members that he was with back then. The members are big artists right now, “GOKI” and “Shounan-no-Kaze”. It is easy to imagine that they have deep connections. They have known each other since teenage years and have been experiencing many things with each other, “the bond”. After coming back to Japan, he not only started his events but was asked to visit BIG DANCE and SOUND CLASH where artists from abroad also played, and festivals which were held outdoors in the summer. By interacting with many people, the aggressive style of the sound even grew. And in December of 2004, in Kawasaki CLUB CITTA’ they held their 10th Anniversary event and in the event SOUND CLASH, they were recognized as the number 1 sound. In 2005, the sound had a tour visiting 21 prefectures, “REAL WARRIORS TOUR. In December of 2006, in Kawasaki CLUB CITTA’ they held their 12th Anniversary event which recorded the highest turnout for the first time. In March of 2007, in New York where the NUMBER ONE SOUND CLASH was held, “GARRISON SHOWDOWN”, even though there were challengers representing Japan, was able to be recognized number one and signaled out the presence of their sound worldwide. In the same year in April, they made a contract with UNIVERSAL MUSIC and released a single, “DREAM LOVER”. Where the top reggae representing artists Shounan-no-Kaze, MINMI, and MOOMIN are around, INFINITY16 was able to hit the top 10 on the ORICON WEEKLY CHART as the REGGAE SOUND. This impacted the potential of the sound in the reggae scene. In the same year in December, they were able to succeed in the SOUND SYSTEM. Their obsessiveness to the sound never stops and keeps on going. INFINITY16 will keep on growing with high standard goals and creativities towards their work will grow the music of Reggae. INFINITY16 is not measurable and will always be acting over our imagination carrying a sense of infinity potential.
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