Legendary U.K. producer Mad Professor will bring “The Roots of Dubstep Tour” to 14 cities across North America, making
his only Northern California appearance at Dub Mission at Elbo Room on Sunday, November 10, 2013
Neil Fraser is the mad genius known as Mad Professor. The UK-based 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. 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 worldmost famously giving Massive Attack’s second album Protection the dub remix for the hugely popular album No Protection.
A Ruff Guide To Ariwa Sounds, his latest release, is a compilation of classic dub tracks from his label’s massive catalog, featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, U-Roy & Yabby U, Cedric Congo, Queen Omega, Big Youth, Luciano, Pato Banton, Mad Professor apprentice Joe Ariwa and MC General Levy.