Messy Sound makes dubmixes from songs out of genres like indie, garagerock, edm by using Jamaican dubstyles and analogue gear like mixers, spring reverbs (scrapped from guitar amps), tape-echo’s, phasers, filters and everything else that is available. To raise a corner of the veil: release your music from your daw, give it a blessed moment into wires, cords, condensators, tubes, transsistors, of the non digital world and be surprised by the unexpected results.
Earlier Messy Sound by the name of I Believe in My Mess has mixed dub tracks for De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Hallo Venray, Canshaker Pi, Fatima Yamaha, Scram C Baby, Meindert Talma, Bauer, The Leonids and Roald van Oosten.
De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig – De Formule
Hallo Venray – Bob Dylan Lyrics
Fatima Yamaha – Citizens (featuring Sofie Winterson)
Canshaker Pi – Bonox
I Believe In My Mess – Every Generation Got His Own Little Bag Of Tricks
Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the 1960s. It is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to an extend way beyond the scope of reggae. Music in this field originally consists of instrumental remixes of existing tracks, and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and emphasizing drum & bass. This stripped-down track is sometimes referred to as a riddim.
Because of poverty and scarcity on Jamaica, it was desired to recycle these riddims. Producers often added new melodies and lyrics to existing riddims. Also, B-sides of regular reggae singles contained instrumental versions of the A-side track. These instrumental B-sides did well at local ‘soundsystems’, where popular DJs improvised (‘toasted”) with the lyrics on these B-side tracks. An early kind of hip hop… Later, sound engineers like King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry started working on instrumental versions in the studio with all kinds of effects, such as reverb, echo, phasers, filters, while sporadically using vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version.
In the mid-seventies, dub was so popular that singles could become a hit-single just because of the dub version on its B side. At the end of the seventies, the popularity of dub music was spreading out to other parts of the world and started to mix with other genres. Dub music has a big influence on genres like electronic dance music, new wave and hip hop.