|Origin||Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Reggae, dub, hip hop, funk|
Dub Proof was founded in 2007 by bassist Nick Paolise, guitarist/vocalist Sean Milano, saxophonist David Hollander and drummer Patrick Clarke. They now perform with anywhere from three to ten members, including keyboardist Addis Pablo (son of Augustus Pablo). Their dub sound is done live.
Their song “Ocean Avenue” made online music zine Lucid Culture’s Top Ten Songs of the Week in April 2009. Lucid Culture called the song, “Woozy instrumental dub reggae with a nice funky groove.”
“NJ Dub (Beer)” was released on August 16, 2011. It features a conventional version of the song, and a remix by producer and dub legend Scientist. The single was featured on URB’s 2012 selection of songs for Martin Luther King Day.
Musical Style and Influences
Dub Proof writes its own music, and also covers classic by Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Sugar Minott and others. They have backed and performed with Burning Spear, Mighty Diamonds, Mykhal Rose of Black Uhuru, Pato Banton & The Now Generation, Badfish, EOTO, Culture, Nina Sky, Kosha Dillz, Kyle Rapps, Predator Dub Assassins and others.
The Courier News wrote that Dub Proof “brings the free-form vibe of dub to a live music setting for island-flavored reggae grooves.” Dub Proof released 'It's the Music' (feat. Grindstone Road's Stephanie Quick) under the name Jersey Dub in 2007.
“Dub Proof lays down sensible, thinking man’s groove that puts them right at the highest rank of performers specializing in soul-flavored reggae and slicked-back funk rock,” The Aquarian Weekly wrote. “Styled from the old school, groove-oriented icons of Yellowman and the contemporary slant of Gogol Bordello, Dub Proof takes all bold chances as they move fluidly from the traditional into the jazz smooth sounds of Sade and the bluesy darkness of Curtis Mayfield.”
- Tad Hendrickson, “Dub Proof preview: Asbury Park band puts its own spin on Jamaican music,” New Jersey Star Ledger, July 15, 2011.
- "Dub Proof," NME, March 24, 2012.
- “Top Ten Songs of the Week 4/13/09,” Lucid Culture, April 14, 2009.
- Jean Mikle, “Bands Perform Sunday in Benefit for Gulf Coast Residents,” Asbury Park Press, July 23, 2010.
- “18th Annual Asbury Music Award Winners,” Eatsleepbreathemusic.com, November 15, 2010.
- The Saint AMA Nominees 2011
- “22 New Songs for a New Day: Happy MLK Day for Hip-Hop (Video),” URB, January 16, 2012.
- Chris Jordan, “Dub Proof is parent proof, listener friendly,” Courier News, September 18, 2009.
- John Pfeiffer, “Shoreworld: Dub Proof and Last Perfect Thing,” The Aquarian Weekly, September 7, 2011.