Stryka D has been described as the ‘Godfather’ of Australian soundsystem culture. He was born and raised on the outskirts of Liverpool UK and as a teenager his appreciation of music broadened after discovering Toxteth Community Radio, a pirate station that specialised in Soul, RnB, Funk, Jazz, Dub, Reggae and electronic dance music during the mid to late 80’s. Around this time a friend introduced him to veteran reggae singer Roy Cousins (The Royals) who ran Cousins Cove record shop.
It was visits to this shop that helped nurture his appreciation of reggae and dub music, and after attending London’s Notting Hill Carnival and seeing the mighty Jah Shaka in session at the Dub Club in London during the late 80’s, he was enlightened to the soundsystem culture of black Britain and would travel near and far to hear the music.
During the mid to late nineties he DJ’d at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool before migrating to Australia where he became involved with Melbourne based community radio station PBSFM. Today he continues to present Break The Chain – a specialist reggae and dub music show. He is also the mind behind Australia’s most prolific sound system and crew - Heartical HI Powa.