Platinum Kids proved they are indeed trend setters when on the 22nd of April captured the coveted US Rumble trophy and put them firmly into a class of champion sound systems by defeating six of the nation’s best.
Marcus Wanted and his brother Paul Platinum made minced meat of their Atlanta based competitor Black Magic. In the final sequence, the tune fi tune segment winning 6 out of 10 votes from the audience to clinch the trophy and an automatic bid into Irish and Chin’s famed sound system competition, World Clash.
It was the one of a kind juggling sound gaining a formidable reputation in the clashing arena confirming indeed they are a major force to be reckoned with.
Some sounds struggle to handle the pressure that comes with performing on the huge Amazura stage and the weight of expectation that comes with being a side’s talisman from right here in the USA. Platinum Kids came into this battle with the least amount of clash experience. The new famed selector for Kosmik Movements, Johnny Killah was all bark and no bite as they were dismissed at the end of the second round. After three rounds the 2015 champion Innocent and the runner up King Shine had suffered the same fate. At the end of four rounds Riddim Force was dismissed.
But, they delivered in style to win a crucial sound clash going into World Clash. Four pieces of the puzzle is now complete and they will face off against fierce competition Canada’s champion King Attarney, the returning champion of last year’s World Clash King Turbo, Japan’s champion Fujiyama and a few others as the time draws near. Remaining are the upcoming UK Rumble on June 17 and the Euro Rumble June 24. A Caribbean Rumble is also in the works.
Platinum Kids profile in the US will now skyrocket. Sound systems are fathomed due to depth of their dub boxes. They strive to put their emphasis on masterful speeches and stage presence.
Platinum Kids started slowly in the fifth round but a mishap by One a Day in playing the “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths cost them dearly. Marcus and Paul were able to regroup and rebuild by crushing the competition and were pitted against Atlanta’s Black Magic.
By playing in the US Rumble, Marcus and Paul exhibited their talents to the best of their colleagues from around the world and will be the United States representative at the upcoming World Clash.
“We went with the intention to entertain the crowd… win, lose or draw, we wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves,” says Platinum Kids. “I think our experience working major stages and bringing vibes through up-tempo style juggling to big crowds gave us an edge because crowds feed off energy.”