Lee "Scratch" Perry is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. Arguably the first creatively driven, "artist-producer" in modern recorded music, "Stratch" occupies the highest level of music making. His musical career has spanned 6 decades, beginning in the late 1950s as a record seller for Clement Coxsone Dodd's sounds system. In the early 1970s, Perry was one of the producers whose mixing board experiments resulted in the creation of dub. He continued behind the mixing deck for many years subsequently, producing albums which stand out as a high point in reggae history.
Although he celebrated his 75th birthday in 2011, he continues recording and performing to enthusiastic audiences in Europe and North America. In 2003, Perry won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album; in 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Perry as one of their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2012, he teamed up with The Orb to produce a reggae-infused electronic album which has earned worldwide critical acclaim, demonstrating the continuous versatility of this musical outputs. In 2013, Perry performed at the first Dub Champions Festival in Vienna and at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.
On Thursday 10th Oct 2013, Lee "Scratch" Perry will play at the David Rodigan MBE curated Sub-Sonic Live Gig.
Ambassador for British reggae, David Rodigan MBE has been famous throughout Britain’s reggae dance-halls for over 30 years. His extensive knowledge of Jamaica’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track, makes him the perfect choice to curate this very special Sub-Sonic Live, focusing on reggae and British reggae - two of the most significant subcultures of the last forty years.
Joining David on the billing is Lee "Scratch" Perry. A recording pioneer of the reggae world Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of the most important artist-producers to have stepped into a recording studio. Building an experimental studio in his back yard, in Jamaica, "Scratch" was the producer on early recordings for such notable musicians as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. Now in his seventies, Perry continues to contribute to the forefront of new music, with his recent work including a collaboration with electronic explorers, The Orb.
Also in the main room, we will have live dub music from Resonators, heralded by David Rodigan as "British Reggae at its best" and drawing praise from Mark Lamarr, Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles, and in the mini bar will be son of Don Letts; Jet Letts, delivering an educational set from the child of London music. Venum Sounds DJs will also take to the decks in the main room.