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Going Mad for the Professor

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mad-professorMandy Nolan

Neil Joseph Fraser is Mad Professor, a Guyana-born dub music producer and engineer lauded for his original productions and remix work.

He is considered one of the leading producers of dub’s second generation and instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age.

Mad Professor is gearing up for a gig at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday January 17 from 6pm.

How did growing up in London in the 80s influence your passion for music? London is a melting pot of different cultures. And in the 80s they were so many different people of different backgrounds meeting up we all rubbed off something on one another.

What is it about dub and reggae that audiences find so compelling? I think it’s a combination of the ethnic culture of the Caribbean, blending with the experimental of technology as inherited by King Tubbys.

What do you look for when you are doing a remix? Firstly to hear something original.

What have been the turning points for you in your career? The starting of the studios, and the launching of the live dub show.

Do you think in the next 10 years there will still be vinyl? Where do you see music heading? Vinyl will always be here, but not at any significant level.The people who really love vinyl can be satisfied once they are willing to spend a little more than the digital folks.

What should we expect for your local show? Anything!

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