Mikey Dread's story begins in Port Antonio, the capital of Portland, Jamaica's most mountainous parish on the island's North East coast. "I was born in Port Antonio, but when I was 5 my family moved to Negril in a place called Westmoreland, that's a parish. Then when I was like 11 we moved back to Port Antonio. Me have two brothers and two sisters, so me have a medium size family. When I was in school they used to call me "Speller." That was my nickname because I used to be one of the spelling bee representative of my school. They would have two kids from the school that enter this major championship and I was the male and there was a girl called June Morrison.
So from me enter the first one they just stuck the name on me until I left Port Antonio."
"And growing up, I was really into electronics. That led me to really want to pursue electronics towards a certain level of communication. So, like when me 12, 14, something like that, I start and mess around like building amplifiers, repairing radios and them kinda things. Learning about ohms, resistance, capacitance and circuitry.
And then afterwards my friends usually have a sound system. Safari was the name of it and the guy's name was Howie. And Howie was a man who work with the Jamaica Telephone Company so me learn certain things from Howie as well. If something goes wrong with the speaker box, the amplifier, the turntable, the mic, we just repair it. So me get certain knowledge like that. So I used to hang with them like on weekends and when I'm not at school. (Down the line, Mikey would also work on several other sound systems including Sound of Music and Socialist Roots.) And it so happens that at my school I set up a radio station along with another guy called Don Campbell which is my cousin and we built a little transmitter and we used to transmit within a five mile radius at the school."
"Now, Titchfield High School, that is where all of my energy develop to a heights because I get expose to the sciences in high school. I was really into physics, chemistry, pure and applied mathematics and biology and those kind of scientific studies. Within the time I did my exams and everything came out all right, then I started with Radio Titchfield thing and there was a head master there by the name of Mortimor Gettys. He helped us get a license so we could transmit within a five mile radius because he encouraged this kind of thing on the campus. So break time we used to play reggae and we talk a little and if you come within five miles of that school, we used to jam on the radio station. The students would bring a radio and listen. And if they have a concert, like a live stage show, I would be one of the MCs or I would be doing some Big Youth like S-90 Skank, some kind of songs familiar with the crowd. I never really envisioned myself as being a recording artist. I saw myself more in the engineering or the broadcasting career goal. After I left Titchfield High School I went to another school called the College of Art, Science and Technology which is now called the University of Technology in Kingston. I did an electrical engineering course and more physics, mechanical engineering, we did all the necessary things that an engineer would need to know."
Milne, Steve. 1999. Mikey Dread come fe reconquer. Full Watts, Volume 3, Number 2, p.14-33.