NiceUp and Newtown Sound, in association with Echo Chamber Promotions and Jafa Mafia, are pleased to announce German digital reggae don Disrupt – co-founder of the hugely influential record label Jahtari – will reach Australasian shores this February for four very special live performances showcasing some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary dub music.
Disrupt, otherwise known as Jan Gleichmar, has been one of the most important figures in the digital dub revival that has transformed the European reggae soundscape over recent years. Alongside his fellow Leipzig-based cohort Rootah, Disrupt has been running Jahtari out of the East German city since 2004 – with 27 vinyl releases already under their belt from a diverse roster of producers and vocalists including Maffi, Black Chow (The Bug), Mungo’s Hi Fi, Pupa Jim, Solo Banton, Kenny Knots, Soom T and Mr Williamz.
While managing the label, Disrupt has also become one of the most celebrated producers in the world of digital dub. His productions are informed by a love for both the archetypal dub music of the 1970s and the classic sound of early digital reggae that took root in Jamaica in the mid-1980s following the arrival of affordable Japanese synthesizers.
As well as drawing influence from the lineage of Jamaican music, Jahtari productions are (as the name suggests) coloured by a passion for the distinctive 8-bit sound of early arcade and computer game soundtracks. These sounds are often created with hand-built machines crafted by Disrupt from vintage computer parts – such as his one-of-a-kind SID Synthesizer built from an old Commodore 64. The result of this unusual combination of elements found in Jahtari music is a spaced-out, bass-heavy ride through a sonic future that might have been envisaged by a Jamaican video game character in the 1980s.
Disrupt’s live performances also bring something radically different to the table than most of his contemporaries. Instead of playing a ‘DJ show’, he recreates his riddims live using an MPC 1000 sampler, a specially-tweaked Gameboy, a mixing console and a variety of home-built effects units. This innovative ‘live dub’ approach means no two Disrupt shows are ever the same.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the most exciting figures in international dub music live in action alongside some of our own finest selectors from down under this summer!
Saturday 23 February – LAUNDRY BAR, MELBOURNE
Friday 1 March – COHERENT, AUCKLAND
Sunday 3 March – NEWTOWN SOUND STAGE, NEWTOWN AVE, WELLINGTON
Friday 15 March – SANDWICHES, WELLINGTON