Mad Professor

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Mad Professor
Mad Professor at Reggies.jpg
Mad Professor during a soundcheck at Reggie's Music Place in Chicago
Background information
Birth name Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser
Also known as Mad Professor
Born 1955 (age 58–59)
Georgetown, Guyana
Genres Dub, reggae, jungle
Occupations Record producer, engineer
Years active 1979-present
Labels Ariwa
Website Myspace page

Mad Professor (born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser, 1955, Georgetown, Guyana) is a Guyanese dub music producer and engineer known for his original productions and remix work.[1] He is considered one of the leading producers of dub music’s second generation and was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age. He has collaborated with reggae artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka and Horace Andy, as well as artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub, such as Sade, Massive Attack, The Orb, and Brazilian DJ Marcelinho da lua.

Biography[edit]

Fraser became known as Mad Professor as a boy due to his fascination with electronics. He emigrated from Guyana to London at the age of 13 and later began his music career as a service technician. He gradually collected recording and mixing equipment and in 1979 opened his own four-track recording studio, Ariwa Sounds, in the living room of his home in Thornton Heath.[2] He began recording lovers rock bands and vocalists for his own label (including the debut recording by Deborahe Glasgow) and recorded his first album after moving the studio to a new location in Peckham in 1982, equipped with an eight-track setup, later expanding to sixteen.[2] Fraser's Dub Me Crazy series of albums won the support of John Peel, who regularly aired tracks from the albums.[2] Although early releases were not big sellers among reggae buyers, the mid-1980s saw this change with releases from Sandra Cross (Country Life), Johnny Clarke, Peter Culture, Pato Banton, and Macka B (Sign of the Times).[2] Fraser moved again, this time to South Norwood, where he set up what was the largest black-owned studio complex in the UK, where he recorded successful lovers rock tracks by Cross, John McLean, and Kofi, and attracted Jamaican artists including Bob Andy and Faybiene Miranda.[2] He teamed up with Lee "Scratch" Perry for the first time in 1983 for the recording of the album Mystic Warrior (1989).[3]

Recordings[edit]

Mad Professor mixing Dub and Cumbia during a workshop in Bogota, Colombia

Mad Professor has released hundreds of original recordings and has worked with a number of reggae and non-reggae artists. He is perhaps best known for his 12 installments of the Dub Me Crazy series and 5 albums under the Black Liberation Dub banner. The following is a partial discography of his original releases including collaborations with other artists and remixes.

Original recordings[edit]

  • 1983 – In A Rub A Dub Style
  • 1985 – A Caribbean Taste Of Technology
  • 1992 – True Born African Dub
  • 1994 – The Lost Scrolls Of Moses
  • 1995 – It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Professor
  • 1997 – RAS Portraits
  • 2001 – Dubbing You Crazy
  • 2001 – Trix In The Mix
  • 2005 – Method To The Madness
  • 2007 – Dub You Crazy
  • 2008 – The Dubs That Time Forgot
  • 2009 - Audio Illusions of Dub
  • 2012 - The Roots of Dubstep

Dub Me Crazy series[edit]

  • 1982 - Dub Me Crazy
  • 1982 - Beyond The Realms Of Dub (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.2)
  • 1983 - The African Connection (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.3)
  • 1983 - Escape To The Asylum of Dub (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.4)
  • 1985 - Who Knows The Secret Of The Master Tape (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.5)
  • 1986 - Schizophrenic Dub (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.6)
  • 1987 - Adventures Of A Dub Sampler (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.7)
  • 1988 - Experiments Of The Aural Kind (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.8)
  • 1989 - Science And The Witchdoctor (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.9)
  • 1990 - Psychedelic Dub (Dub Me Crazy, Pt. 10)
  • 1992 - Hijacked To Jamaica (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.11)
  • 1993 - Dub Maniacs On The Rampage (Dub Me Crazy, Pt.12)

Black Liberation series[edit]

  • 1994 - Black Liberation Dub (Chapter 1)
  • 1995 - Anti-Racist Broadcast (Black Liberation Chapter 2)
  • 1996 - The Evolution Of Dub (Black Liberation Chapter 3)
  • 1997 - Under The Spell Of Dub (Black Liberation Chapter 4)
  • 1999 - Afrocentric Dub (Black Liberation Chapter 5)

Dub You Crazy With Love Series[edit]

  • 1997 – Dub You Crazy With Love
  • 2000 – Dub You Crazy With Love (Part 2)
  • 2008 – Bitter Sweet Dub

Collaborations[edit]

With Lee “Scratch” Perry[edit]

  • 1990 – Mystic Warrior
  • 1995 – Black Ark Experryments
  • 1995 – Super Ape Inna Jungle
  • 1996 – Experryments At The Grass Roots Of Dub
  • 1996 - Who Put The Voodoo Pon Reggae
  • 1996 – Dub Take the Voodoo Out of Reggae
  • 1998 – Live At Maritime Hall
  • 1998 – Fire In Dub
  • 2000 – Lee Perry Meets Mad Professor
  • 2001 – Techno Dub

With other artists[edit]

  • 1982 – Rhythm Collision Dub (With Ruts DC)
  • 1983 – Punky Reggae Party (Positive Style) – Anti Social Workers
  • 1984 – Jah Shaka Meets Mad Professor At Ariwa Sounds
  • 1985 – Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton
  • 1989 – Mad Professor Recaptures Pato Banton
  • 1989 – Mad Professor Meets Puls Der Zeit
  • 1990 – A Feast Of Yellow Dub (With Yellowman)
  • 1996 – New Decade Of Dub (With Jah Shaka)
  • 2000 – The Inspirational Sounds Of Mad Professor
  • 2000 - Massilia London Experience (With Massilia sound system)
  • 2004 – Dub Revolutionaries (With Sly and Robbie)
  • 2004 – From The Roots (With Horace Andy)
  • 2004 – In A Dubwise Style (With Marcelinho da Lua)
  • 2005 – Moroccan Sunrise (With Borrah)
  • 2005 – Dancehall Dubs (With Crazy Caribs)
  • 2009 - Revolution Feat. Pato Banton And Mr. Professor (With Tugg)
  • 2009 – Nairobi Meets Mad Professor – Wu Wei
  • 2010 - Izrael Meets Mad Professor and Joe Ariwa
  • 2010 - Rewired In Dub (With Pama International)
  • 2012 - The Roots of Dubstep
  • 2013 - Cedric Congo Meets Mad Professor

Remixes[edit]

Since the 1990s he has remixed tracks by Sade, The Orb, The KLF, Beastie Boys, Jamiroquai, Rancid, Depeche Mode, Perry Farrell and Japanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki. His best-known project, perhaps, is 1995's No Protection, an electronic dub version of Massive Attack's second album, Protection. He has also done a version of I&I for New Zealand reggae band Katchafire. Mad Professor has done three versions for New Zealand electronic group Salmonella Dub. Mad Professor remixed one of the most famous japanese musican Ayumi Hamasaki twelfe times.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mad Professor Interview - Sound On Sound magazine (UK) Issue: August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.13-14
  3. ^ Huey, Steve "Mad Professor Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Sugar Free Jazz: Slash In House Cassette - Discogs

Interviews[edit]

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