Equally renowned for producing deep roots reggae, trance-inducing dub and bittersweet lover's rock, the Mad Porfessor and his Ariwa Sounds stable is a veritable institution of British reggae. Deep Space is truly honored to present Mad Professor's exclusive NYC appearance in celebration of the opening night of Dub Champions Festival in NYC. We'll be setting up the stage at Cielo so we can all witness how one of the all time dub greats crafts a master set of otherworldly effects, weirder and spacier electronics, and inventive arrangements.

Mad Professor Biography

A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor was one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the ’80s. His space-age tracks not only made use of new digital technology, but often expanded dub’s sonic blueprint . He has been a remixer of choice for adventurous rock and techno acts, most notably revamping Massive Attack’s entire second album, and remixing tracks by Sade, the Orb, the KLF, the Beastie Boys, Jamiroquai, Rancid, Depeche Mode, and Perry Farrell, among others. He produced major hit singles for Ariwa mainstay Pato Banton and Sandra Cross, and also helmed the breakthrough album for conscious reggae toaster Macka B, 1986′s Sign of the Times. Other hit artists on his label included female singer Kofi, Intense, Jah Shaka, John McLean, the Robotics, Sister Audrey and Peter Culture.

Most crucially, he teamed up with main influence Lee “Scratch” Perry for the first time on the 1989 set Mystic Warrior. In 1991, he produced the first of several albums for the groundbreaking veteran DJ U-Roy, the acclaimed True Born African; he also worked with the likes of Yabby You and Bob Andy. He switched his focus to touring in 1992 and released the 100th album on Ariwa not long after. In 2005, Mad Professor celebrated Ariwa’s 25th anniversary with a tour of the U.K. alongside Perry and the double-CD retrospective Method to the Madness. In 2009 he released two albums, Times Hard under the moniker Mad Professor vs. Joint Chiefs and the back to basics Audio Illusion of Dub.

The fourth annual Dub Champions Festival returns to New York City to celebrate the influential style known as dub, from the reggae roots to the future of electronic bass music, featuring one of a kind performances & educational workshops by the legendary artists from Jamaica who invented dub as well as the latest innovators from around the globe who have continued to push the influential style forward in electronic music and beyond. NYC label Subatomic Sound began the mission four years ago developing a week long festival here in the city that has included NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as expanded to Europe over the past two years and debuted this year on the West Coast in California.

No dress code - just an open mind.

Cielo, 18 Little W. 12th Street, NYC
between Washington St. and 9th Ave
subway: A, C, E, 1, 9, 2 or 3 at 14th St; L at 8th Ave
21+ with photo ID

Dub-inspired music from Deep Space Media:
Dub Champions Festival