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Analog Dub Siren

Production of circuit bend Dub Siren under way. Looking forward to hear the Siren sound!
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Mad Professor Interview

We interviewed Mad Professor in Los Angeles.
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DS:  what kind of speaker do you use for the mix?

MP:  In my studio we have Tannoy.  For years that’s what I mixed to, Tannoy sound.  Tannoy sound was reggae original dub sound, you know.   I mix with Tannoy.

DS:  Who is the most influential musician for you?
MP:  Probably Leon Huff, keyboard player from Philadelphia.  He is brilliant keyboard player.

DS:  You seem to be traveling a lot.  How long are you out of the U.K?

MP:   I don’t count.   I am in and out.  Like last week I was there for one and a half days.  Before that, Brazil.   Before Brazil, I was in France, Sweden, Italy.   So I’m just in and out.  My studio is there, I live there, my family is there and I’m based there.  But I’m in and out.

DS:  You have a big fan base in Japan. How often do you go to Japan?

MP:  Usually once or twice year.  I am scheduled to go in July again.  I played Club Quatro in Osaka, also Club Yellow.  But recently I play at Sinjuku but I don’t remember name.  But nice place, nice people.

DS:  Do you have any good Japanese artists who you recommend?

MP: You know, Moomin is good.  Love the girls.  Pushim is good.  There was a good girl singer,  Bird.  She sings like a bird. Very good. Very good for it.

DS:  Does she sing Lover’s Rock?

MP: She could do Lover’s Rock because she’s done a very Lover’s (Rebel?)  She could do anything.  She’s like Minnie Riperton.  Very good for it.
Also Ayumi Hamazaki.  I did about four records with her.  I mixed her in Ariwa.

DS:  What is your original Dub technique you invented?

MP:  I’ve done so many things.   People who know my work, they will tell you what I’ve done.  I don’t know, you do something and then you move on quickly. Then move on quickly again, you know.  Always looking for something fresh.

DS: What is your all time favorite Dub Album from Jamaica?

MP:  I really like Nuh Skin Up, Keith hudson.  I really like African Dub, Chapter 3.  I really like King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown.

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DS:  How about the rest of the world?

MP:  Probably A New Chapter of Dub
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DS:  What do you think about the U.K. music scene right now?

MP:  The problem with the U.K. music scene is you don’t get enough media for everything.  The media is really limited. They play the same rubbish every day.  It needs to be more free for things to ferment.

DS:  Are you connected to U.K. Dub Artists? Like Alpha & Omega, Vibronics , UK Dub Artists and sound system people in the U.K.?

MP:   Most people, you know about each other.  But basically – Ariwa is basically part of south London where there is nobody else and we’re in a part called Creighton and there’s no one else there.  We don’t really go to any other place.   So if anybody wants us they come to us. Vibronics, they come to me for certain things.  Alpha & Omega, they come to us for certain things. We don’t really go out of our area very much.  Ariwa has been there for like 30 years now.  It’s one of the longest running studios and label.  It’s like an analog house.  We are  up to date with the latest ProTools software but we keep the analog ware, tape machine and still real mixing desks and still real sound effects units.

DS:  How many people are working with you?

MP:  Usually three.

DS:  Do you still go to see Sound System in England or other places?

MP:  I’ve never ever been to Sound System.

DS:  Bad for you ears, right? (laugh)

MP:  I never grew up with that culture. I know them, I know all the guys but I never go to it.
One time I heard Jah Shaka play but it was that we happened to be on same show.  I’ve never even — all those years ago, never been.

DS:  Wow. Very interesting.  You are friends with Jah Shaka, right? But you never go check it out?

MP: No because usually when he spins I’m playing a show somewhere else.

DS: You don’t go to Notthing Hill Carnival?

MP: Years ago I went but that wasn’t — It was a sumptuous.  It was a sumptuous.  In those days it wasn’t a sound system thing.  More like to fight a policemen. You go to fight with the law, man.  Throw a bottles at policemen.

DS:  What is your favorite U.K. Sound System?

MP:  Jah Shaka, of course.

DS:  Do you use Dub Siren, like Analog Dub Siren in your mix?

MP:  No.  We do other things.  Every sound system uses sirens but we don’t use that because we are not a sound system.  If you come tonight you will see.  Ariwa show is the Ariwa studio on the stage. It’s not a sound system and we don’t pretend to be a sound system.  We don’t play records, we don’t play vinyl.  We build a studio on the stage.

DS: What is your new project?

MP: Dub in Luciano.

DS:  When will it  be released?

MP:  Don’t know yet.

DS: What do you think about Dubstep?

MP:  We have a Dubstep album coming soon.  Heavy bass.

DS: How long did you take to mix “No Protection” dub album (VS Massive attack ) ?

MP: Maybe weeks,  a month.  I don’t remember well.

DS:  This is my UK friend’s question:   What does he think about the success of stars like Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk & Tinchy Stridah? Does he think young black artists have had to sell out their identity or are they an expression of something more complicated happening with that new generation of young, British artists regardless of skin color?

MP: I am not  too sure because sometimes it’s hard to judge success as you see it when it happens.   The real measurement of success, usually you need a longer period to really tell. You could always  get carried way instantly.   A lot of the times, the measurement — I mean, like for instance, now we could look back and we could say The Rolling Stones has been a  successful band, been a great success.   And you can look back and you can say somebody like any of the one-off artists who maybe had one-off hits in the 60′s, 70′s or 80′s, while it was a success at the time, in the long run it was not success because there hasn’t been much business activity behind the success.  So a lot of times — for instance, because Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger might get involved in different business projects and get involved when other artists come at you, then they would be seemed and deemed definitely a success.  So it’s hard to judge any of those acts and I’m not that familiar with them even though I’ve seen their names around but I don’t know one song they have done.  But then, I am not the average person, I don’t really listen the radio.

DS: How do you feel about Obama?

MP: I think it’s great. I think it’s great that America — I must admit, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon.  I knew sooner or later it might happen.   I think he himself is a person who has really got a charismatic personality.   I mean, it’s good that America — because America is basically a place of, you know, like accepted racism.   Of course, say even 40 years ago there were a lot of protest of black people in (Fulton?).  So to come around to this in this time is really a great achievement for people of America.  I think it shows that the younger generations of America have made a definite conscious thing to make everyone as equal as possible.  So now it’s up to everybody else.

DS:  What do you think about the continuing gentrification of Southeast London? How does this sit with the media’s portrayal of young people as knife-wielding thugs? Does he think the solipsism, anger & tendency of many young British people to go out tooled up is the result of bad parenting, distortion of ‘reality’ by cultural icons, schools failing, media tricks or poli-tricks?

MP:   Honestly, problem largely with the UK is people are not free.  They are not free.

DS: CCTV?

That’s one of them.  There are laws like if three or four of you get gathered in the street, police get worried and they ask you to move.  I think the government has got to put more trust in the people.  The government ought to be from the people and the people ought to be part of the government.

Lionheart meets Jah waggy

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lionheart meets jah waggy live and direct on unite radio
You can listen great technique of dub siren use. U.K. Sound System DJ set.

Large Up

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Our French connection, Large Up is a program which held on Sunday at Radio Mille Pattes. They play broad range of Reggae/Dub music. If you want to know how to use the dub siren on actual DJ set, please check it out. Large up Nino and Marchadonf!

Dub Siren in iPad

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Got the new iPad today. Installed current Dub Siren. It works very smoothly. Nice to have big screen! We are planning to develop iPad version of Dub Siren. The Siren page and the sampler page will be same screen. Flanger, EQ, Pan function would be nice. Big up Apple!

Dubstep.fm

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One of the our favorite Dubstep station, Dubstep.fm.
Since April 10th, 2007, Dubstep.fm is broadcasting Dubstep at a 192Kbps MP3 stream 24/7 from Seattle. It is very interesting to see worldwide broadcasting is coming from this room! Founder/DJ DopeLabs is our Dub Siren demo tester as well. He does all graphic design of Dubstep.fm site. Big up DopeLabs!
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