If you’re a DJ who’s interested in house, garage, jungle, grime, or almost any other EDM subgenre, it’s hard to understand the music that’s being produced today without first understanding a bit about the history of Jamaican dub music. This movement has had a huge impact on dance music culture in Jamaica and around the world, and it all began by accident. Here’s a brief introduction to everything you need to know about the EDM subgenre known as Jamaican dub.
The Sound System
In the 1950s in Kingston, there weren’t many music clubs. Instead, DJs traveled around with their own generators, turntables, and sound systems, creating their own music clubs or “sound system” parties in the streets. Competition soon became fierce among sound system operators, as these parties were one of the best ways to make money at the time. This meant that in order to attract audiences, a sound system party had to promise fresh music that no one else had.
In order to ensure exclusivity for their sound system parties, two of Jamaica’s biggest DJs, Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd and Duke Reid, began producing their own one-off singles, or “dubplates.” A dubplate was an exclusive one-time pressing of one [...]Read More...