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.