After an European Tour in 2009 with the producer Webcam Hi-Fi, WEEDING DUB is back in 2010 with three nuff records released by CONTROL TOWER Records (I-Tist, Dub Machinist…) and Livication Corner (Coptic Sound, Tomaski…). After a first LP vinyl, Steppactivism, released in 2004 which was influenced and played by the UK – Dub scene (from Zion Train to Iration Steppas), WEEDING DUB go back on the road in 2010 to play his new album “Sound of Reality”.
WEEDING DUB, ONE OF THE TOP ARTISTS OF THE DUB SCENE “MADE IN FRANCE”
WEEDING DUB, an emblematic figure of the French dub and neo-dub scene, is back in 2009 with two forthcoming records and an ambitious new live. WEEDING DUB signed for the independent talent scout Sounds Around in 2004 (Vibronics, Molécule, Automat, Dubb Addict, etc.). After a successful performance at the Transmusicales in Rennes and the Télérama Dub Festival in May 2008, then at the Mix Up festival in June 2008 (Iration, Steppas, Skream, Channel One,Max Romeo, etc.), and more than 25 gigs across Europe WEEDING DUB is today in the first few on the French Dub scene. This scene, which is now positioning itself facing its like across the Channel, has been able to build up a well-informed as well as neophyte mixed audience with a reggae, rock, hip hop and electro background.
DUBBING WITH WEEDING : A BRIEF HISTORY (2000-2008)
After several demos and appearances in some dub compilations (Digital Park, Dub Excursion, Dub in France) WEEDING DUB, the spearhead of the stepper dub scene in the north of France, at the crossroads of Britain, Belgium and France, didn’t take long to be discovered by Sounds Around, a major label of that rapidly expanding scene. Then he released his first full LP, Steppactivism. Largely influenced by the English dub scene (from Aba Shanti to Disciples, from Vibronics to Zion Train, from Bush Chemist to Iration Steppas), WEEDING DUB is the product of a talented composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist: Romain aka Weeding. Romain also feels he belongs to the original and dynamic French dub scene with such artists as Improvisators Dub, Miniman, Tomaski, Manutension or The Control Tower Crew. Besides making friends with these artists, some of them contributed to his first album : among others Naima (Dubians), Manutension (Improvisators Dub), and two of the greatest international producers : Neil « Zion Train » Perch (Universal Egg – UK) and Steve Vibronics (Scoops Records – UK). Since it was released in 2004, Steppactivism (PIAS distribution) has been the spearhead of a new dub scene “made in France”. The album was well-received by the fans as well as the medias and it contributed to the success of WEEDING DUB who have never stopped touring since 2000.
DUBBING WITH WEEDING : A BRIEF HISTORY (2008-2009)
Since then, WEEDING DUB, who is an experienced melodica player, has often been asked to make instrumental arrangements for producers. In 2008, his cut for CONTROL TOWER Records could be found on the Maxi 12 inches “Mr Bossman” along with the English singer Parvez (Vibronics-Scoops), and also on the Maxi 10 inches “More Direction” of the French label LIVICATION CORNER, on a Tomaski’s tune.
2009 was a promising year for WEEDING DUB as contacts and warming combinations with CONTROL TOWER and LIVICATION CORNER are being renewed resulting in successively : March 2009 : maxi 10” “RESILIENT” featuring Humble-I [CTR005 – Control Tower Records] April 2009 : maxi 10” “Words of Life” featuring Sister Charlotte [LC003 – Livication Corner] May 2009 : Album LP Vinyl “SOUND OF REALITY” featuring Humble-I, YT & guests [CTR006 – Control Tower Records, coproduction w/ with Noir C Noir Prod.]
WEEDING DUB ON STAGE: A UNIQUE LIVE ACT (2008 – 2010)
WEEDING DUB has indeed built up a solid scene and live experience, playing with electro, dub and stepper leading artists on the occasion of famous meetings or festivals (among others : Iration Steppas, Vibronics, Disciples, Blackboard Jungle, Improvisators Dub, Dubians, Molécule, Dub Meetings Paris, Dub Conference, Dub Contre Attack, Patchwork Festival… cf. Live references).
The European tour alongside Webcam Hi-Fi with more than 25 gigs all over the continent (France, Basque Country, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Finland), and the brand new “Dub the Balkans Tour” (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania) offers to Weeding Dub to work in his favourite playground : the stage. Whereas Steppactivism could claim to be part of a pure stepper and conscious dub « made in England » which is a digital reflect of present reggae’s evolution and transformations, WEEDING DUB’s music has matured a lot and while the basis remains reggae – stepper of course – the contribution of live instrument and of different singers or MC has made it even more diverse today. This diversity can be appreciated in all “Dub sessions” where WEEDING DUB mixes and remixes each recording within a REAL live machine. These obviously unique mixs are created live, driven by the audience offers dramatically lively versions in the purest tradition of Jamaican Sound Systems.