Born in Guyana before moving to London as a boy, the Mad Professor gained the honorific whilst still in school, a nickname given in deference to his unbelievable skills with technology and electronics. He picked up work with Soundcraft when he begged them for a chance to fix a couple of soundboards thought to be beyond repair, and began his recording career in his front room. His label, Ariwa, oversaw a string of lovers rock and reggae hits alongside his innovative series of releases Dub Me Crazy and Black Liberation Dub. Ariwa sounds is still at the forefront of roots, dub and reggae. He’s collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry, Sly & Robbie, U Roy, and Horace Andy, and remixed artists including The Beastie Boys, Massive Attack, Sade and the Orb.
Many of the techniques pioneered in his productions influenced the development of techno, garage and drum and bass.
This year, he’s taking to the road to give UK audiences a chance to experience his masterfully created sonic soundscapes with the Dub Club. Thanks to Fiesta Bombarda and Worried About Henry, Leeds gets a taste of this on the 3rd June.
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