About This Event
Doors Open:10:00 PM
Show Time:10:30 PM
Part of Dub Champions Festival
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Some call him a genius, others claim he’s certifiably insane, a madman. Truth is, he’s both, but more importantly, Lee Perry is a towering figure in reggae — a producer, mixer, and songwriter who, along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world. Along with producing some of the most influential acts (Bob Marley & the Wailers and the Congos to name but two) in reggae history, Perry’s approach to production and dub mixing was breathtakingly innovative and audacious — no one else sounds like him — and while many claim that King Tubby invented dub, there are just as many who would argue that no one experimented with it or took it further than did Lee Perry.
This is a general admission, standing event.
I’m an artist, a musician, a magician, a writer, a singer; I’m everything. My name is Lee from the African jungle, originally from West Africa. I’m a man from somewhere else, but my origin is from Africa, straight to Jamaica through reincarnation; reborn in Jamaica…” Lee “Scratch” Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as “Pipecock Jaxxon” and “The Upsetter”. Arguably the first creatively driven, “artist-producer” in modern recorded music, Lee “Scratch” Perry occupies the highest level of music making – standing comfortably next to pioneers like George Martin, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson…
Encapsulating Perry’s entire long astonishing career is difficult at best. Chronicling his recordings as a solo artist and as the leader of various groups, along with his overflowing catalogue of productions, all released on a myriad of labels, could fill a book.
In recent years, Perry has continued to work as a songwriter and a producer, but more importantly, he has continued to record himself, making fresh, new music while maintaining his mastery of the recording studio.
Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook.
Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and professor father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YWCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says.
Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by, too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum & bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to fit the d&b template but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old?
In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his ‘Entropy Sessions’ and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of Ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so enamoured with Alfred’s leftfield-electronic DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took Daedelus and introduced him to the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then Plug Research released his debut album, ‘Invention‘ in 2002. Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus’ accordion parts and used them on 2004’s Madvillain record.
In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and the pair asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome. “It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation.” Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary controller, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music.
In 2003 he did ‘The Weather’ album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album ‘Rethinking the Weather’ on Mush records. 2004 saw the release of ‘Of Snowdonia’ on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.”
There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album ‘A Gent Agent’ on micro-label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album ‘Exquisite Corpse’ on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which reached its full expression on 2008’s ‘Love To Make Music To‘, his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team).
In 2006 ‘Denies the Day’s Demise’ came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, ‘Live At Low End Theory’, and ‘Fairweather Friends EP’. Later that year came the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as the pastoral ‘The Long Lost’.
Since his last album ‘Love To Make Music To’ for Ninja there has been no let up in Daedelus’ productivity. He has remixed or been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths, and countless others from further afield. In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw. And all the while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified as a musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics; all the while with a continuous string of tour dates across North America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and beyond.
2011 starts not only with his new album but the meticulous planning of a huge tour featuring guest vocalists from his ‘Bespoke‘ LP and with a spectacular visual show curated in part by Emmanuel Baird (of Manchester’s Warehouse Project and Hoya Hoya nights) which will feature a top secret new invention codenamed ARCHIMEDES, promising to yet again re-invent live electronic performance.
Addis Pablo born Addis Swaby to Horace Swaby known to the world as Augustus Pablo and Karen Scott.
Addis Pablo, in a somewhat expected step has taken up a career as a performer and producer following in his father’s footsteps, a brave and challenging move considering the status and work which his father achieved and still maintains to this day across the world. However, having been raised by his father in a musical environment on Orange Street, receiving the teachings and morals expressed by Augustus Pablo, and continued to be instilled by his Mother who is and was very instrumental at the time of his Father’s passing. Addis has Co- Founded & Co-Directs two Labels/Brands Suns of Dub & One Motion Music has he aims to be able to play his melodica and produce music with the same effect which his father has had and has been getting great reception to his attempts thus far, he knows it’s a far way to go and is willing to put in the time and effort to get his skills to the highest levels with the help of his beliefs in the Principles of his Father’s Spiritual Religious upbringing through the teachings of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie King Of Ethiopia .
Addis has been performing and practicing since the year 2005 and has been playing on his father’s annual tribute with members of Rockers International, Earl Chinna SMith & the Inna De Yard Allstars and younger musician he has been working with like Cali P, Chronixx, Jah 9, Kelissa & Jesse Royal, who he has recorded or dubbed with in some way. From this time Addis has been performing on various shows in the US East Coast with Dub Reggae Band ‘Dub Proof’ having opened up for major acts like the Mighty Diamonds, Micheal Rose as well as Kenyatta Hill son of Reggae Legend Culture.
Having teamed up with Trindadian Producer/ Selecta & Manager ‘RasJammy TriniYard’ in 2010 Addis has put in much work into producing his own Rockers Reggae Melodica Tracks, as well as creating a Sound with Ras Jammy that signifies Suns of Dub, presenting Dub Reggae in a New Age Style with thats same Traditional effect and feel. Addis Pablo began his releases with the Digitial Dub Roots Compilations in 2011 & 2012 ” For The Love Of Jah ” featuring Ginjah, Norris Man & others and “13 Months in Zion” with Kelissa, Zebulun, Cal P & others, along with a later Digital Single release “Let I Be” both available on various online stores. Since he has been working on various Melodica Single, EP & Album projects with Labels & Producers such as VP Records, Inner Circle, Rory StoneLove, Pura Vida, Black Redemption, Gabre Selassie & a 2013 Album with Amsterdam Powerhouse Jah Solid Rock Production to name a few.
Putting focus on Suns of Dub for 2013, Addis with Ras Jammy has pre-released over 100 tracks as singles and EPs their SoundCloud Page www.soundcloud.com/sunsofdub gather over 10000 followers in their movement, Addis with Ras Jammy as Suns of Dub the Label, Brand, Sound and entity of sorts has released various genres and types of sounds mainly focusing on Dub & New Age Dub Reggae they have been anticipationg releases of various projects that has been in the works over the past 3 and over 30+ years with the projected 2013-2014 release of Digital & Vinyl Projects; “Inna De Yard Riddim” with Shamala Productions, “Journey to Baltimore’, “Rasta Rise Again”, “Suns of Dub meets Rockers International Allstars LP”, “The Russian Experiment” Electro DUb EP and many more Special EPs having been influenced or contributed by countries such as India, Mexico, Japan, Trinidad … Rastafari ..
With the expansion of his sound and producing capacity Addis with Jammy has EP Release under the name Suns of Dub, A new platform he will be using to promote & push his music, and original Rockers International releases look out for more music and good works including remakes of Augustus Pablo Classics such as Cassava Piece and Frozen Dub to name a few