Prince Fatty and Horseman

The Beat-Herder Stage


Prince Fatty delivers characterful takes on old-school reggae, soul and Latin grooves. He is based in London and loves to work with people all over the world. Fatty is the creation of music producer and engineer Michael Pelanconi - the artist name a nod to that giant of Jamaican sound King Tubby.

Prince Fatty has worked with varied global talents, such as Horseman, Stick Figure, Shniece, Mungo's Hi-Fi, Little Roy, Winston Francis, Jamaican superstars Big Youth and Marcia Griffiths, Afrobeat musicians including Dele Sosimi and Kunle Justice, Latin maverick Manu Chao and hip-hop godfathers The Last Poets.

Prince Fatty "virtually reinvented lovers rock" on the first two Hollie Cook albums, beginning with her breakthrough hit Milk And Honey. Credited as Mike Pelanconi, he mixed Lily Allen's "Alright Still" album, that went on to sell 3.5 million copies.

He learnt his craft with Rebel MC, The Orb, OnU Sound and Acid Jazz, before time in Los Angeles at hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl. He's had recording and mixing sessions with The Brand New Heavies, N'dea Davenport and the legendary J Dilla. He's worked with Blur's Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street.

His affinity with music from different cultures leads to running collaborations with musicians from New York to Sao Paolo to Lagos to Bangkok. You can find him playing in clubs and festivals and guesting with sound systems around the world. You can hear his music in the pantheon of international popular culture - on soundtracks to shows like Breaking Bad and Grey's Anatomy.


Following three decades of working with the creme de la creme of the reggae world, Winston Williams aka Horseman stepped into the spotlight in November 2014 with his Prince Fatty produced album 'Dawn Of The Dread’ for Mr Bongo.

As fearsome a drummer as he is an MC, Horseman has worked with musicians and producers Tippa Irie, Max Romeo, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Barrington Levy, Eeka Mouse and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with John Holt – to name but a few – most recently performing with Hollie Cook and Prince Fatty.

Music is in Horseman’s blood and comes from a musical lineage. His father had a soundsystem and his mother Eureka Icelyn Barnes, aka “Miss Girlie”, was a singer who recorded with Laurel Aitkins and Palmer Dice back in the late 50’s early 60’s. Her records are collectable today.

A big personality maybe, but there's not an ego to match, Horseman's ethos is one to spread love. "If my music brings joy into someone's life then that's my aim, its there to make people happy. I'm not in competition with anyone, music shouldn't be competitive, I'm just me doing my thing".