IRD Dub Innovators

Dub music is an innovative slice of the Jamaican sound first served by the talented engineers who pioneered the version and took center stage as lead artistes on the explosive new recording style.

Dub music and the recording techniques which characterize it, have become one of Jamaica’s most recognized signature sounds, credited with influencing Punk Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Disco, House, Techno, Ambient, EDM and Trip Hop and is the basis for Jungle and Drum & Bass.

The journey of Dub from the early version to the dub plate, began with dub innovator King Tubby along with Scientist, Lee Scratch Perry and Augustus Pablo along with artistes like U-Roy and Big Youth who infused Dub with echoes of Rasta philosophy in their vocals.  The globalization of Dub music is in part due to the sound system men who transported the culture across borders and planted the seeds of today’s Reggae market worldwide. 

Dub music, like earlier exports of the Jamaican Sound - Ska and Rock Steady - found a new home in the United Kingdom after crossing the ocean in the suitcases of the migrant wave searching for economic opportunity.  As with the earlier transplants, Jamaicans and others in the UK received the new sound and added their own creativity inspired by England’s unique socio-cultural experience to produce offspring ie Rock Steady to Lovers Rock, Dub to Dub Step.

Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock

Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock

Often cited as the inventor of the concept of the remix, King Tubby, was a Jamaican sound engineer who's innovative studio work elevated the role of the mixing engineer and greatly influenced the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s.
Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

A Jamaican music producer and inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style. Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.
Hopeton ‘The Scientist’ Brown

Hopeton ‘The Scientist’ Brown

A recording engineer and producer best known for the Dub music he mixed as "Scientist" in the 1980s. A protégé of Osbourne Ruddock, Brown's contemporaries include several figures who, working at King Tubby's, had helped pioneer the genre in the 1970s: Ruddock, Bunny Lee, Philip Smart, Pat Kelly and Prince Jammy.
Augustus Pablo

Augustus Pablo

a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularised the use of the melodica in reggae music.
U-Roy | Stur Gav Sound System

U-Roy | Stur Gav Sound System

STURGAV is a music sound system founded by U ROY in the sixties to promote original roots reggae music. It is one of the last remaining travelling sound systems out of Jamaica.
Manley Augustus Buchanan

Manley Augustus Buchanan

Better known as Big Youth (sometimes called Jah Youth), is a Jamaican deejay, mostly known for his work during the 1970s.
Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson

Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson

A Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, who played a major part in the island's musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat.
Errol ‘ET’ Thompson

Errol ‘ET’ Thompson

Better known as "ET", was a record producer, audio engineer, and one of the first studio engineers to be involved in dub music.
Lawrence 'Jack Ruby' Lindo

Lawrence 'Jack Ruby' Lindo

A Jamaican record producer and sound system operator, best known for his 1970s productions of artists such as Burning Spear.
Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Frazer

Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Frazer

A Guyanese dub music producer and engineer known for his original productions and remix work. He is considered one of the leading producers of dub music’s second generation and was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age.
Jah Shaka Sound System

Jah Shaka Sound System

Jah Shaka has been operating a South East London-based, roots reggae Jamaican sound system since the early 1970s. His name is an amalgamation of the Rastafarian term for God and that of the Zulu king Shaka Zulu.
Sir Coxsone Outernational

Sir Coxsone Outernational

Lloyd Coxsone (born Lloyd Blackford, c. 1945) is a Jamaican-born sound system operator and record producer, who has been resident in the United Kingdom since 1962.