Dubspot Presents ‘Roots and Future’: A Day w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry in NYC!

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, the seminal Jamaican producer and artist Lee “Scratch” Perry visits Dubspot NYC.

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.

Lee “Scratch” Perry is a seminal Jamaican producer and artist whose innovative studio production and recording techniques in the early 1970s alongside other musical giants like King Tubby and Errol Thumpson pioneered the way for the creation of dub. Dub music has influenced techno, dub techno, jungle, drum and bass, dubstep, trip hop, house music, punk, ambient music, rock, and hip hop, and a diverse range of artists and musicians from Massive Attack and The Clash to Beastie Boys and Bill Laswell.

The unique production and composition techniques that Perry and other late 1960s and early 1970s Jamaican producers and engineers invented helped to transform sound processing technologies and the recording studio into an instrument. Lee “Scratch” Perry recorded and produced Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Heptones, Max Romeo, The Congos, U-Roy and many more from his legendary studio The Black Ark.

While in New York City on a recent tour, Lee “Scratch” Perry dropped into Dubspot HQ before heading to a studio session with Adrian Sherwood and Subatomic Sound System where in true “Scratch” fashion, he demonstrated some unorthodox recording methods.