Dubspot is very proud to present Roots & Future – a special month-long video series celebrating the pioneers, innovators, and torch-bearers of Jamaican music. In this video interview we speak with Addis Pablo – musician, producer, and son of dub pioneer Augustus Pablo. If you missed the previous videos in the series, check out our interviews with Gabrie Selassie, Zion I Kings, and A Day with Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Since the late 1960s, the small island nation of Jamaica has maintained one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes, sparked various musical styles and revolutions (reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall to name a few), and introduced new recording and production techniques to the world. Without question, Jamaican music and culture continues to influence a wide variety of musical genres around the globe.
In this installment of Dubspot’s month-long ‘Roots & Future’ series, Addis Pablo - the son of late Jamaican musician, reggae producer, dub visionary Augustus Pablo - stops by Dubspot HQ in NYC for a chat about the historical and social context of Jamaican roots reggae and it’s popularity around the world due to the emergence of international acts like Bob Marley and the Wailers and Augustus Pablo. His father’s music is considered an important influence on early reggae and dub music with the Clive Chin-produced hit song “Java” and the album This Is… Augustus Pablo. Addis also talks about continuing the legacy of Rockers International (a record label, store, and sound system founded by Augustus Pablo) through projects and collaborations like Suns of Dub with Ras Jammy and others.
Below you can check out a recent hour-long mix by Suns of Dub which spans various dub-influenced electronic music genres. The mix was presented by none other than Major Lazer and Walshy Fire. You can read all about it here.