NEVILLE Staple may be best known as frontman of The Specials but when he DJs at the launch party of The Loop this Saturday, he says he'll be going back to his roots in sound systems.
Staple made his name as singer alongside Terry Hall in the influential 2 Tone band that had huge hits with Ghost Town, Too Much Too Young and Gangsters in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The band reunited for a triumphant 2008 tour and played the V Festival in 2009 as well as last year's Olympics Closing Ceremony gig at Hyde Park with Blur; but now Neville says he has left the band for good.
Continuing ill health means he can't tour and jump around on stage like he used to but he says he stillsthrows himself wholeheartedly into DJing and toasting.
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Which takes him back to where he started and teams him up with his old Jah Baddis sound system buddy Trevor Evans
Neville first linked up with The Specials after the band saw him toasting with his sound system. He became a full-time member of the band after taking to the stage when The Specials supported The Clash.
Mixing political and social comment with great dance tunes, The Specials remain one of the most important British bands of the last 30 years but Neville isn't dwelling on former glories with the band.
He's happy to be doing his own thing now and playing the music he loves.
"We plays lots of those great old tunes, bluebeat, ska and all the classics. I can't get my head round how good they still sound, they're amazing songs.
"The likes of Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Mayals still sound so good."
What does he think makes ska so enduringly popular?
"To be honest, ska has always been popular and I think it always will be.
"I'm 57 now so I have to take it a bit easier, but I still go on stage and give the crowd what they want."
As you'll find out at The Loop this Saturday.
Neville Staple will be DJing at the launch party of The Loop, Chelmsford on Saturday, February 16.