Elijah shares his life as a dreadhead!

Posted: Dec 14 2014

What is your name: 






Tell us a bit about your self: 

I'm a jungle/dub/reggae vocalist and vocal percussionist from brighton, UK. I studied law for 3 years, shampoo formulation for 2, hairdressing for 2 years and I've been living on the road in my bus on and off for 8 years, moving from festival to festival making music and dreadlocks. 

I also admin a dreadlocks forum(www.dreadlocksforum.com)and have recently developed a dreadlocks shampoo. In addition to this, i am due to release a dreadlocks documentary this coming year which we have been working on for a while. To find out more about the documentary www.facebook.com/DreadsDocumentary 

What makes you happy: Just being me. I feel like life is an adventurous journey. That makes me happy cause i can be or do anything i want to do.

How old are your dreadlocks?  I'm on my third set which i've had for 6 years now. I've had dreads in total for 16 years.

Why did you get dreadlocks done? I got dreadlocks done because my hair is really really curly and doesn't do anything else very well lol. I have ringlets in some parts until its long, then it gets kinda wavy and annoying. None of it is very consistent haha.

How are your dreadlocks made?  This 3rd generation set i am on now is rip 'n' twist method which i made myself.

How many dreadlocks do you have? 21 now. I used to have 42 but i doubled them all to make them fatter.

How do you take care of your dreadlocks? 

i just wash them once a fortnight with residue/fragrance free dreadlocks shampoo. I've never really been a 'maintenance' type dready but totally get why many people go to much more effort and work with their dreadlocks. Its a preference.

Do you have any persional tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads? 

Patience. Everyone worries about if their dreadlocks are knotting up in the first 6 months. This is the toughest stage for anyone starting dreadlocks. They will be the messiest and most uncontrolled in this time. 

There are no rules other than keeping them clean as they will dread better and faster if they are clean. If you are considering dreadlocks for the first time. Give some consideration to the kind of job you want or are in. Some people in particularly presentable job roles or still in school will need to consider how dreadlocks might impact their life or future plans. Some schools aren't happy about dreadlocks, if you are still living with your parents, they may not be happy, some professions may reconsider hiring you. This is something no dreadhead likes to think about or admit but is a sad truth.

Have you experieced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?   Yea, all fun judgements which are usually true.  I like reggae, festivals and i live in a bus. I'm kinda the cliche really. Don't know how that happened :D

What is your favorite dreadlock product?  'Dreads UK Original Formula'! It's the only product i use. I developed it because after trying everything else, nothing was good enough in my opinion. After i studied shampoo formulations, i came to realise that all other shampoos are either filled with nasty chemicals that have been found to be linked with cancer tumours. The so called "organic" products are just not formulated properly. This was what made me want to create a shampoo that is actually meant for dreadlocks.

Basically, the Dreads UK shampoo is unquestionably the best and only thing available designed, developed and specified solely for dreadlocks with the latest, most up-to-date knowledge on formulation technology. Nothing compares or even comes close. You can fin this shampoo here:  http://dreadsuk.com/classifieds.php?listing=dreads-uk-original-formula-uk-only-165360 

Who is your favorite dreadhead? That kid from barefoot five. What a champion!

Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtfull? Go and talk to a specialist! Bloggers and youtubers are great and will provide you everything you need to do it alone. But a specialist is someone whose passion for dreadlocks extends beyond a hobby and it has become their life! 

I created a dreadlocks forum for the reason of providing people with all the information they need from gathering information, in research to choosing a great locitician (dreadlocks stylist). Its something i've done in the past and feel i'm fully qualified to advise on.

There seems to be a common thread with many dreadlocks bloggers and youtubers that put specialists down because they are a business making money. Would you say the same about musicians? How are you likely to get the best and most professional end result, from a hobby lover or someone who has made it their life's work. Yes, do your research and compare different bloggers and hobbyists, but definitely see a specialist if you are unsure. These people have made making dreadlocks an artform. I've personally know the best and worst of them. Some specialise in natural dreadlocks, some in synthetic and some in wool. Some combine them to create very unique looks.

How would you describe a perfect day in your life? 10.30am waking up at a festival surrounded by my people! Hot sun beating down as i wander into the solar powered sauna. Spend an hour in there and dry off in the sun while singing and playing some acoustic guitar, drinking some nice home made chai and eating a pastry. 

Midday walking in the sun enjoying green landscapes and making new friends, not settling in one spot but just taking it all in. Maybe sit alone and read a book sat  high up in a tree, something thought provoking and contemplative. (enjoying philosophy at the moment)

3pm Meet with some friends for late lunch/early dinner. 

4.30 til sunset, walk happily around the festival stalls admiring all the artistic creations and beautiful clothes that you just can't get anywhere else.

8 or 9pm would be an ideal time to be onstage. A nice 45 min jungle set on the mic. 

after the gig, start drinking, bouncing from stage to stage with some great dub/psy-trance/jungle around.

Then back to my bus at some point in the night. Put the fire on, light some incense (nag champa) and candles, have some desert dwellers playing on the stereo. Make some food before bed and some home made chai.