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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.

 

 

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