On the content of his character, and by the results of his recordings, Mad Professor (Neil Fraser) is one of the sanest record producers. The name Mad Professor was first given by friends at school, who were amazed by the experiments he carried out as a youth.
Having built a radio and telephone system at the age of 10 years, it was no surprise that his interest and subsequent career in electronics along with a love of Motown, Philadelphia International, Treasure Isle and music of all types propelled him onward.
The early Eighties, having built his own mixing desk, Mad Professor launched himself and the Ariwa Studio label from his front room in Thornton Heath.
Early works include sessions with Ruts DC, Reggae Regulars, Merger, Jimmy Lindsay, Mikey Dread, Johnny Clarke and many more international artists.
DUB ME CRAZY, the first in a 12 part series of albums, was to become his beacon for the label. With an episode being issued every year, each of the titles told a different story. With titles like “Beyond the Realms of dub”, “The African Connection”, and “Adventures of a dub sampler”, the distinct variation and surprising sound effects were unique for this time.
Dub and the cool sound and clarity of his mixing encouraged many artists to the growing label. By the mid-Eighties, the studio / label moved from its launch base of Peckham. The new location would be Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood, where it is still located. At this time he incorporated remix projects for the Orb, 400 Blows, Beats International (Lindy Layton), Sade and Brilliant. A heavy schedule of touring Germany, Holland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Spain Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia, USA, Canada and Japan, while still managing to produce the various artists’ projects was an enormous workload.
The label by then had a healthy 104 albums with more in the infancy stage of planning. By the mid Nineties, Mad Professor’s profile increased to legendary status after remixing Massive Attack’s second album, Protection.
Channel One Sound System
In 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley’s belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base.
Channel One’s mission is to break down barriers via reggae music, they have achieved this by playing new venues, new festivals and different countries, taking their unique sound to Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and all over Europe. Channel One also celebrated 30 consecutive years at the Notting Hill Carnival making them one of the must see soundsystems for attendees to Europes biggest street festival.
2009 saw Channel One embark on their hugely successful national Dub to Dubstep Tour, with financial backing from the Arts Council, via Blackroutes and support from Punch and Vagabondz. Channel One took their sound system to 6 cities, touring alongside Kromestar, RSD and Jazzsteppa, showcasing their dub reggae sound system as part of the tangible heritage behind dubstep. In 2011, Channel One have been on another tour, this time Dub to Jungle alongside Congo Natty, Tenor Fly, Congo Dubz, Nanci and Phoebe and Klose One. And finally in 2012 Channel One went on a Jamaica Party tour, celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence – alongside Coki, Mala, Shy FX, The Bug and Flowdan, Top Cat, The Heatwave, General Roots, RoxXxan, Rtkal and Screama. Finally Channel One have toured with the legendary Twinkle Brothers, a concept put together by Mikey Dread. These tours have been a great way for Channel One to reach new audiences.
Channel One Sound System were the Red Bull Culture Clash winners in November 2010, beating Skream and Benga, Metalheadz and Soul Jazz. Channel One competed in the Culture Clash in 2012 at Wembley Arena, against Major Lazer (with Usher and Rita Ora), Boy Better Know and Annie Mac Presents. Channel One are the first reggae sound system to have taken their sound to Wembley Arena.
Channel One Sound Systems hand built custom speaker stacks provide a rich heavyweight bass sound which compliments their tight selection of old and new dub reggae classics, all played from a single vinyl deck and accented with echos and sirens. MC Ras Kayleb compliments Mikeys deep draws with Rastafarian chants and song.
~ More info at: http://channelonesoundsystem.com/home/
Joe Ariwa is a dub producer from London born in the mid 80’s!! He is the eldest son of legendary reggae producer Mad Professor of Ariwa Studios, hence the name Joe Ariwa.
Growing up in and around the Ariwa studio was very influential to Joe as he was given the opportunity to engineer & learn the music business whenever the chance had arisen whether after school, on the weekends or in school holidays. At the end of his secondary education as eager as Joe was to jump straight into work with his father he studied & passed various music technology courses to get the academic side of the business.
When Joe had completed his education, he continued at Ariwa Studios full time working under various job titles whether in the studio or on the admin side of things.
Having unlimited access to the Ariwa archives, Joe had played & researched vintage multi-track tapes that Mad Professor would have recorded when Joe was a mere toddler.
Discovering some real good quality material Joe was amazed that a lot of the music never got the exposure it deserved. He then began transferring these exclusive 24 multi-track tapes to a portable Alesis 8track for the Mad Professor live Dubshow. This new but old material helped to develop Mad Professors Dubshow nicely leading to fans recording the shows to upload on You-tube, receiving so much good feedback some songs were eventually released or re-released on 7 inch vinyl selling well considering the current musical climate. Examples are Rebel on the roots corner-Tippa Irie & Ackle & bother-Papa Levi.
By 2006 Joe had became Professor’s right hand man on & off the stage assisting, selecting songs, being the opening act & developing into a skilful Mic man, toasting & entertaining the crown.
At this time Joe was also experimenting with his own production & had released a few albums of his own as well as a joint dub series with Mad Professor & other dub associates.
Rewired For Dub – MAD PROF & JOE ARIWA feat Horace Andy
Rewired For Dub pt 2: DUB OF JIHAD – MAD PROF & JOE ARIWA feat. King Pin
Rewired For Dub pt 3: BABYLON KINGDOM OF DUB – MAD PROF & JOE ARIWA feat. Uroy
Joe’s fresh youthful ear to dubbing led to well established Sound Systems such as Iration Steppas, Channel One, Jah Youth, Jah Sufferer Sound etc requesting exclusive dub mixes from Joe for their sound. This led to Joe doing dub mixes for Blacker Dread, Leonard “Santic” Chin, Denis Bovell & various other producers as a ghost mixer.
By 2008 the physical side of sales were falling dramatically.
With Joe’s experience & knowledge of the vast Ariwa catalogue & reggae in general , Joe would think of ways how to generate a greater income for the label & had began to create & compile compilation albums to sell digitally.
Stylistics In Reggae
Valentines Reggae part 1
Valentines Reggae part 2
Nelson Mandela: African Dub Excursion
Haunted Halloween Dub
Black History Awareness
By 2011 Joe Ariwa had started producing various singers & mc’s, releasing singles with Lady Marga, Michael Prophet, Earl 16, Miss Fritty & General Levy.
Most recently in January 2016 Joe released a collaborative Dub album with Ashanti Selah titled “A Double Dose of Dub”.
Now Dego Ranks is a household name on the sound circuit and is currently working on some new material for Joe Ariwa for a dub showcase album. Dego is also now back on the touring circuit.
Give thanks to the father, my family and real friends for the energy and strength to continue the works Blessings.