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The Dubroom webmaster is, next to a lot of other things, also musician/producer with what a Dutch national newspaper described as "having Net Fame". On this page you can find some answers to any music-related questions you might have concerning the musical works of Messian Dread. 

MESSIAN DREAD MUSIC

QUESTION
When did you start making music? 
ANSWER
My very first steps were taken around 1984, when I voiced over dubs. But I really started going in 1986, when we started a band called Messiah Calling. In the same time, I also started to experiment with recording Dub. I have been making Dub with computers since 1993, 1994. 
QUESTION
How did you learn to play Reggae Music?
ANSWER
We didn't know how to play the music, we only knew that we wanted to do it. We also didn't have any musical education apart from our record collection. I remember many anecdotes from that time. One brethren who lived over 200 miles from us, heard our first recordings and he decided he had to teach us some things. For myself, I also experimented with tape recorders and so on, to make Dub. 
QUESTION
Did/Do you allways only play Reggae Music? 
ANSWER
Yes and no. I have made some housey tracks just to get to know the music a little better, but reggae, and especially dub, is the music of my art. I have helped some friends for a while by providing some drums for their band. But I listen to almost only reggae and I think there are still so many things to be discovered within reggae, that I don't want to leave the music and start to play something else.
QUESTION
Where do you get inspiration from?
ANSWER
Being a Jesus Dread, my inspiration comes from Jah, Who made heaven and earth. It's not a phrase, but the truth.
QUESTION
Do you have any examples in music?
ANSWER
Every good DUB engineer is my example. From since I was a teenager I listened a lot to Scientist and Prince Jammy. Also Paul "Groucho" Smykle impressed me with his Dub albums. I think that Scientist had the most influence on my work. But the very first Reggae I heard was Linton Kwesi Johnson. Or should I say, Dennis Bovell? For he mixed the music that got me into Reggae.

Next to these I draw a lot of inspiration from modern Sound Systems and Digital Dub producers. Talking about Vibronics, for example. 

QUESTION
Do you work alone? 
ANSWER
Yes and no. My solo works are mostly created by me from scratch. But sometime I also collaborate with others, or I uses other material in my own work. I never sample material, though. And I help people out in my studio too. 
QUESTION
How do you make your music?
ANSWER
Throughout the years, this process has changed dramatically. Even though I won't reveal everything, basically it comes down to the fact that I play/programm all the instruments, record acoustic material such as vocals and conga, mix it together and put it through all kinds of filters and effects on a semi-live basis.
QUESTION
The computer plays a big role in the production of your music. Exactly how big?
ANSWER
Asking the question is answering it. Without the computer, or should I say "digital technology" it would be a lot more difficult for me to actually produce the material. Why? Well, if only for the financial budget that I have to deal with. I certainly cannot spent 10's of 1000's of Euro's or even dollars like some apparantly can. Also, technology is so advanced these days (March 2014) that even known Dub Producers who used to ridicule artists like me for using computers have repented and are now doing what I did more than 10 years ago. 

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