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Dub Gabriel

Dub Gabriel’s 10 dub tracks for your trip to outer space
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Dub Gabriel
Dub Gabriel’s 10 dub tracks for your trip to outer space

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Genre: Dub 70s & 80s
Date: Aug 18, 2017

Pushing the boundaries of reggae & electronic music, and appearing on over 25 releases, Dub Gabriel has become one of the most in-demand and respected dub-rooted producers to come out of the United States. A tireless innovator, he has collaborated with a truly diverse list of artists that include U-Roy, Warrior Queen, The Spaceape, Michael Stipe (REM), Balkan Beat Box, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Brother Culture, Mark Pistel (Hercules & Love Affair), Jahdan Blakkamoore (Snoop Lion/Major Lazer) and many more. With his latest solo album titled “Raggabass Resistance”, Dub Gabriel has created a powerful musical statement that blazes a trajectory to the furthest reaches of dubstep, dancehall and beyond. When not in the studio, Dub Gabriel travels the globe performing live sets that honor the roots of Jamaican sound system culture while pushing the outer limits of deep dubstep - taking the dance floor on an uplifting journey of Jah and Bass. His trailblazing style has created much demand on the international club and festival circuits, which has seen him play a headlining slot at Germany’s legendary Fusion Festival, 2 tours of China, San Francisco's Outside Lands, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, as well as such clubs ICON in Berlin, Hamburg’s Golden Pudel and regular guest spots at François K’s “Deep Space” night at Cielo in NYC.
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Interview with Dub Gabriel

Hi Gabriel, please introduce yourself?

 Hello, my name is Dub Gabriel. I am a producer, musician & DJ based out of San Francisco, California. I have been making dub inspired music for the last 20 years and run the record label Destroy All Concepts for the past 9 years. I just released my 5th full-length album entitled “ADSR DUB”.

It’s been four years since your last one. Can you tell us about your new album, story and its concept etc?

With all the problems of the world and how babylon keep showing its ugliest side, all I could think about was wanting to get in a spaceship and take off and so the Interstella Dub Dwella was born. It is an album that is meant to light a huge spliff and play from beginning to end. It will take you on that journey and hopefully help you forget about babylon for a bit while you ascend to the stars. 

ASDR features a unique roster of artists from Ranking Joe, Space Ape to Addis Pablo. What’s your story with those guys?

 My last two albums were 100% vocal with a guest on every track. The goal of this album is definitely driven by instrumentals. Freedom Dub, with Ranking Joe is a Dub rework from a 7” vinyl we released together a few years back. Joe and I have played shows together in Brooklyn with the Dubstuy guys in the past, but I have to thank Liondub for helping record Joe's vocals for me in New York while I was in California. Addis Pablo was touring in San Francisco, so he came by our studio and we had a great session and he even used some of his father's melodica's on our session. The Spaceape who was such a tremendous talent sadly passed away a few years ago. We collaborated on my last album together that turned out amazing. The vocals from this new collaboration were from outtakes that we didn’t use in our original session together and the song was originally going to be part of my 7” series that I did after the last album.  With his passing, I decided to hold off on releasing it at the time. It was always both of our intentions to release it and his work on it is amazing, so I included it finally as part of the album. 

Compared to the previous album this one consists lots of melodious elements and electronic sounds. How did this transition take place?

 Even though I am a fan of heavy bass. I really wanted to focus this album on the melody. Some of the most beautiful melodies I ever heard came out of the roots reggae that I grew up loving. But also, besides my love for reggae and dub, I have always been a fan of people like Brian Eno, Terry Riley and bands like Kraftwerk, Cluster and Harmonia. So in my studio, besides using classic dub effects like tape echoes and spring reverbs, I also love analog synthesizers and have a collection of Moog, Arp and Korg synths. So it was really about trying to push new grounds and bring all those elements together. 

Message to RRDL users, please!

 Big up to the ReggaeRecord massive. It is important to support independent artists, independent retailers and digital stores like this does. Massive respect to all who support both and much regards always to the staff at ReggaeRecord & Dub Store for always supporting what we are doing on both the digital and vinyl fronts.

Thank you so much Gabriel!
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