DJ Cee Bee (Colin Brown) was born in London on 22nd March 1960 to Jamaican Parents. In the 1960’s and 1970’s his father regularly held big parties at their house, his uncle who had a big sound system always provided the music. Cee Bee’s father loved music and was always buying from the record shops in Brixton market, Cee Bee would always be the first of his siblings to rush and play his dad’s new selection. During the 1970’s Cee Bee and his friend Freddie became more and more interested in playing music as DJs. They both started building speaker boxes with wood Cee Bee’s father brought home from work, and they both set up their own individual small music systems. In 1975 Cee Bee’s father told him that he was going to hold a party and that he wanted him to play the music. Cee Bee was excited, this was to be his first gig he was aged 15. He didn’t have a vast record collection so asked his friend Freddie to bring his records and play the music with him, they were both in at the deep end playing music in a big peoples party. They struggled with music selection but were helped out by Cee Bee’s father’s friends who brought some music with them and did all the toasting on the mic. Along with his brother David and friend Freddie, Cee Bee played music in and around London on their sound system The Mighty 3 Hi–Fi (later rebranded as The M3 Crew), Cee Bee was both a selector and MC. Their sound system was at its peak in the 1980’s playing alongside sounds like Saxon International, Nasty Rocker, Stixman, BMW, Addis-A-Baba, and MJR Roadshow to name a few. In the late 80’s they were the resident DJs at Gi Gi’s Wine Bar, which was in Streatham, London. During his career as a DJ, which on many occasions brought him to work with bands, Cee Bee had an increasing desire to get involved in the music making business. In 1991 he formed Hardcore Music Company (HMC), "after 15 years of playing music as a Disc Jockey I felt I could produce music as good as the thousands of dance records I have played over the years". 8 months after launching the company, Hardcore released a single entitled "RUB ME UP". The single featured Carol & The Outlaw, who along with their support dancers made many live appearances around the country promoting their single. Appearances included major events such as 1991 Reggae Super Jam at Brockwell Park, 1991 Birmingham Carnival, and 1991 Grenadian Harvest Festival at Acton Town Hall. No longer playing out at major dances with his sound system, Cee Bee continues to build up his music collection, which spans from Ska/Blue Beat right up to the current one-drop reggae and dancehall music. He still goes to record shops to buy music and also buys from online digital download stores. His favourite reggae music period is 1970’s and 1980’s, however when playing out at weddings and parties he is on point with the latest reggae and dancehall hits.
The M3 Crew consists of Colin Brown (Cee Bee), David Brown, and Freddie Green (Freddie G.). We all lived in Clapham, South London and attended the same church and were all in the same Boy Scouts group. We were all pursuing individual DJ ventures and sometimes would pair up for specific gigs. One day back in 1980 I was approached by my uncles cousin Millie and asked if I would like to be the resident DJ at a club she had recently opened. Millie was dissatisfied with her existing DJ who was unreliable. I accepted the job but I felt I couldn't do it on my own. I believed that residency at a club would require a good DJ to have a vast and wide ranging record collection which I did not have at the time. By combining my collection with David and Freddie's who were specialists in soul and reggae respectively, we had it covered. We named ourselves “The Mighty Three" and were having a successful time at the club until Millie and her former DJ settled their differences and we were asked to work with him. Unfortunately we did not get along with him and we eventually stopped working at the club. We agreed to stick together and started organising our own gigs in order to raise money to buy better and more professional gear than what we owned at that time. For our first venture we hired a boat on the River Thames. This was our first major gig, which was sold-out and made us our first real profit. We spent all the money on new equipment and continued to successfully organise functions in and around London. One of our most ambitious promotions of the time was to combine a regular dance with a live band performance. Over the years we stopped organising our own promotions because our name had become well known and promoters were contacting us to play at their dances. We played alongside sounds like Saxon International, Nasty Rocker, Stixman, BMW, Addis-A-Baba, and MJR Roadshow to name a few. During the mid 1980's the music scene in South London changed and we found ourselves playing more soul than reggae, at that point we decided to change our name from The Mighty Three to The M3 Crew. Today we continue to keep up with the latest trends and musical styles and are able to cater for all age groups. As you can imagine individually and collectively we have a very extensive record collection.