The Groove Thief speaks to Jacky Murda

Jacky MurdaSpeaking with Chopstick Dubplate’s Jacky Murda prior to his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, The Groove Thief covers a range of topics with the veteran jungle producer.

Whether you’re already a fan, or curious about checking out a live show, his musical vision is made clear: what ‘future jungle’ means to him, the four records that influenced his style, the origins of Chopstick Dubplate, the process behind the 2014 hit “Worldwide Traveler” with Mr. Williamz and Top Cat, and what we’ll be hearing from him next. (more…)

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John Masouri feature on Eddie Murphy

Eddie MurphyThere’s more to Eddie Murphy than meets the eye, or even the ears come to think of it. Millions around the world know him as the star of films like Trading Places, Beverley Hills Cops, Coming To America or The Nutty Professor, but the comedian has other, more musical ambitions that may surprise a lot of his long-time fans. So what do you get the man who has everything? A hit reggae single would do nicely, and he’s made a fair start with two recent efforts – Red Light, shared with Snoop Dogg, and his own solo Oh Jah Jah, which made serious inroads into the iTunes’ charts earlier this year. (more…)

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Interview with Oxman (Dub Vendor / Soul Jazz)

Ox at Dub Vendor

Ox at Dub Vendor

Eddie Oxman is an institution in the London reggae revive scene.

Perhaps most well-known internationally for his work with the renowned Dub Vendor and Soul Jazz crews, Oxman has a long and deep history, from running his own sound, producing, record collecting, to hosting dances. Whether selecting or on the mic, he is one of the best in the game. Conviction Roots caught up with Oxman at the Dub Vendor store in Soho, London.


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Hamburg Connection: Crucial Vibes and I-Livity I-Fi in Aotearoa

Julian & Crucial BThis summer, local reggae fans were treated to a unique reggae experience. Crucial B of Crucial Vibes Sound System and Julian Livity of I-Livity I-Fi-Roots and Culture Sound System, two veteran German reggae selectors, spent about three and a half weeks here.

Primarily in the country to perform at  the ‘Off The Radar’ (OTR) festival (Wellesford, Auckland, 31 Jan – 2 Feb), the pair also spent time travelling and performing a few extra gigs. Now back in Hamburg, I caught up with these selectors to reflect on their visit and to find out more about what brought them to this end of the world. (more…)

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Interview with Ticklah

TicklahCarter Van Pelt talks to New York producer and artist, Ticklah, about his love for reggae music, the recording process, making creatively progressive music, and some of his many and varied projects.

You are one of a handful of non-Jamaican reggae producers who have a great reverence (hope that’s not an overstatement) for the aesthetic of some of the better Jamaican music and the production process that helped give it an identity. What are some of the aspects of Jamaican recording and the music itself, that initially hooked you, and what have you grown to appreciate that maybe you didn’t immediately notice or appreciate?

“Reverence” wouldn’t be an overstatement at all in my case. That’s exactly what I feel about what you refer to as the “better” Jamaican music. It’s hard for me to say what initially hooked me, other than that feeling that probably most people who are not born into an environment where reggae is what they grow up with feel if and when they get hit by reggae. Something like – “damn! this feels different from everything else I’ve heard…and I LOVE it!! MORE!!”. (more…)

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“It was just my calling, my number, in the universe” – An Eclectic Conversation With The Scientist

Scientist, Photo by Chuck Przybyl

Photo by Chuck Przybyl

If you haven’t heard it yet, his most recent album is a collaboration with a Chicago dub project: The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub. It’s full of crucial echoes, proper basslines, and skillful instrumentation.

During a wide-ranging Skype conversation with Anderson Muth, aka The Groove Thief, the legendary Hopeton Overton Brown, aka The Scientist, weighed in on important social issues and also discussed Jamaican music’s past, present, and future. (more…)

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The Groove Thief Top Ten – December 2013

The Groove ThiefAnderson Muth, AKA The Groove Thief, is a dub and reggae selector currently based in Hong Kong. Raised in Colorado, USA, he has spent much of the last decade living and traveling in Asia while embracing a myriad of musical influences.

His eclectic bass-heavy style weaves together different eras and genres of Jamaican-influenced music, particularly digital reggae and rootstep. (more…)

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Interview with Speng Bond

Speng BondRub-a-Dub Raggamuffin Speng Bond has been ripping up dancehalls over Europe these past years, with contemporary hit tunes like ‘Tann Up Solid’ and ‘Ganjaman’.

This top dressed deejay talks to RedRobin about the early days, his memories of UK dancehalls in the 70s and 80s, linking up with Reality Shock, and where he gets his inspiration from. (more…)