Dub Be Good To Australia
They say JJ Roberts, a Jamaican from Saint Catherine Parish, was responsible for bringing dub to Australia. After living in London, he had found life in Oz unbearable without the sounds of his heroes like Sir Coxsone and Jah Shaka. In 1972 he built his own Sound System. Dub had arrived in Australia with one small step.
Meanwhile in Jamaica riddems had been reverbing out of hand-built systems since the 60s, with pioneering producers such as Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Augustus Pablo repurposing the mixing console as an instrument along the way. Echoes of the country's history were captured in these new soundscapes, and preserved forever on wax.
In the 1980s, the United Kingdom became a new centre for dub with producers like Mikey Dread and Jah Shaka cutting the genre popularised on the back Jamaican musical cross-culture with a new, harder edged experimentation.
No one epitomised this new subculture of sound more than Neil Fraser, an electronics- obsessed youth from Guyana, whose home studio in the front room of his south London house and undeniable skills behind the mixing desk put him on a path to circumnavigate the globe.
Neil (as known to his Mum) or Mad Professor's robust sound caught the eye of pop artists on the fringes of the genre including Sade, Massive Attack, and Grace Jones who needed to find ingenious ways to play into the hands of DJs across the capital.
On the massive list of those to benefit from his magic touch include the Beastie Boys, the KLF, and the Orb and of course, Massive Attack, whose album Mad Prof remixed in its entirety to create the now infamous “No Protection” album. Mad Professor WAS the alternative soundtrack of the 90s.
In a fitting tribute to the origins of elite dub and electronic production, and the mastery of one man, Mad Prof lends his hand to two Jamaican Music & Food Festivals with two crowning sets - in Melbourne and at the adults-only festival in Sydney.
Fans can expect him to draw on a phenomenal filofax of reggae, roots and Lovers’ Rock, accumulated from a lifetime’s career at the world-renowned Ariwa Studios. Give in to the Mad Professor dancefloor effect this November!