Legendary producer Mad Professor will bring “The Roots of Dubstep Tour” to 14 cities across North America this fall, kicking off October 28 in Burlington, VT. His world-renowned label and studio Ariwa Sounds released A Ruff Guide To Ariwa Sounds today, available here. The album is a compilation of dub tracks from some of the label’s biggest names including Mad Professor, his apprentice Joe Ariwa, General Levy and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The track “Medusa’s Tail,” available on the compilation, was originally released on Mad Professor’s 1986 album Schizophrenic.
Neil Fraser is the mad genius known as Mad Professor. The UK-based, new electronic music geek/producer was given his nickname by friends at school amazed by the experiments he carried out as a youth. He started Ariwa in 1979 in a home studio before moving to the studio’s currently location in the mid-80s, which is where he had the vision of mixing and remixing live. Plenty of hits soon followed thanks to his creative drive, perceptive production skills and technical expertise behind the mixing desk.
In the best reggae tradition, Ariwa drew from diverse influences to create a unique sound, making use of unbridled artistic ambition to fill any gaps that may have appeared due to a lack of finance. Since those humble beginnings, Mad Professor’s music has seen him circumnavigate the globe countless times and his skills as a dub remixer have drawn requests for collaboration from numerous musicians working in different genres all over the world—most famously giving Massive Attack’s second album Protection the dub remix for the hugely popular album No Protection.
Mad Professor’s The Roots Of Dubstep Tour DatesOct 28 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground - tixOct 29 Boston, MA – Great Scott - tixOct 30 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre + - tixNov 01 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle - tixNov 02 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House - tixNov 04 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry - tixNov 05 Chicago, IL – Mayne Stage - tixNov 06 Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side - tixNov 07 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club - tixNov 08 Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge - tixNov 09 Portland, OR – Dantes - tixNov 10 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room - tixNov 11 San Diego, CA – Casbah - tixNov 13 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex - tix+with The Orb