Lee "Scratch" Perry proves age is just a number with busy schedule
For Lee "Scratch" Perry, age is just a number. That would explain why the 78-year-old reggae producer is busier than ever these days.
In 2013, Perry performed at the first ever Dub Champions Festival in Vienna. It wasn't just the 'first-ever' notation that made the evening special. Perry was backed by the Dubblestandart with Adrian Sherwood handling the dub mix that night, and by all accounts, the performance was classic Perry. The dub godfather, as he is often referred, only continues to push the envelope with his live shows. In fact, the Dub Champions Festival marked the first collaboration with Addis Pablo, son of the late melodica great and dub kingpin Augustus Pablo. Perry was also joined at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge by Subatomic Sound System, the Woman in Dub singers and Ninja Tune artist Daedelus.
In the fall of last year, Perry was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished contributions to the arts. Roughly around the same time, he finished recording an album with Daniel Boyle in London that was released this past spring on the Upsetter label. The album is comprised of 13 songs and 13 dub versions, and of course finds Perry back on the mixing board.
Perry will appear at a number of big events this summer, with dates to play The Independent (San Francisco), McNear's Mystic Theatre (Petaluma, CA), The Constellation Room (Santa Ana, Ca.), the Echoplex (Los Angeles) and Santa Monica Pier.
Perry shapes sound of Reggae history (Created August 16, 2013)
He's been called a genius, but in the same breath he's also been labeled certifiably insane. Let us introduce you to Lee "Scratch" Perry, one of the most renowned figures in reggae history.
The pedigree of the man – born in rural Jamaica in 1936 – is just a small part of the artist who has not only produced, but shaped the sound of some of the most influential acts known the world over. We're talking about the likes of Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Congos, etc., and Lee Perry's involvement is unmistakable where they're concerned. You can feel it, you can hear it and you can know the innovative ways this trail-blazer has been involved.
Perry began his career in his teens as Little Lee Perry, and made his recording debut with "The Chicken Scratch" in the early '60s (when he officially became known as Scratch Perry). For the better part of the decade he was both director and producer of Jamaican hits for Delroy Wilson, Shenley Dufus and more, and also recorded his own material like "Doctor Dick" and "Trials and Crosses."
Perry has been and always will be known for his bizarre behavior, eccentric and interesting interviews and costumes and headdresses made of random objects (think feathers, toys, coins, cards, and more). He reportedly even torched his own studio in 1980, but despite his erratic behavior has always been respected by his peers and critics. He has been noted as a key influence on '90s trip-hop and electronic dance music, and continues to perform at festivals around the world, including a recent appearance at Coachella.
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