style: reggae music, dancehall, hip-hop & jungle
labels: Liondub Int’l / Koollondon.com / Radiolily.com / Rwd.fm / Breakbeat Science / Earwax / Irish Moss / Gold Dust /
The Agriculture / Lustre Kings / Hoodfamous Music / Collision Echo Beach / Halcyon / Konkrete Jungle / JungleX)
DJ Liondub comes correct. An authentic product of Brooklyn, his musical mindset was formed at the crossroads of major international bass vibrations originating from Jamaica, NYC and the UK. Inspired by the global rhythm culture emanating from the streets beneath his feet, Liondub has spent over 20 years pounding that very pavement in pursuit of his passion for bass heavy-beats.
Liondub has toured Europe extensively visiting 15 countries, performing over 70 international shows including radio sets on Kiss100 with DJ Hype, and legendary pirate stations Kool Fm and Origin Uk with Remarc, MC Eksman and Navigator. Liondub has hit Europe’s largest festivals and events in 2011/2012 including Playaz at the legendary London club Fabric, Sub Dub in Leeds, Champion Sound in Bristol, and Outlook Festival in Croatia, one of the worlds premiere electronic music festivals. At Home in New York City Liondub stays up to the time by constantly updating his musical selections, and up to speed by keeping residencies at upscale established venues like The Box, Double 7, Miss Lilys, Thombar, The James Hotel, Hotel On Rivington, Trump Soho and Studio XXI. In total, Liondub performed more than 240 shows worldwide in 2011 in addition to keeping regular radio slots on Koollondon.com, Radiolily.com and Rwd.fm. His tireless work ethic and passion for music has given him endless opportunities, and garnered him a solid, loyal fanbase.
Armed with raw talent, right intentions, a humble demeanor and the tireless determination of a true New Yorker, he began DJ’ing in 1991. As a 7″ toting reggae and hip-hop dj hustling in the LES, Liondub embarked on a journey that has since taken him to the four corners of the dub diaspora; from Jamaican Roots and Dancehall Reggae to the Jungle Drum and bass of the UK, from high up on Hip-Hop to down-low on Dubstep. Along the way he has worked with and studied under great masters, paid untold dues and kept it Bed-Sty real in the name of music; all-the-while sharpening skills, developing expertise and establishing critical relationships across geographic and sonic divides. From NYC he criss-crossed North America and from London he performed all across Europe, all the while
cultivating roots and building a solid foundation in his home-away-from-home, Jamaica. Always armed with a current arsenal of jungle/dubstep & reggae dubplates, Liondub’s explosive, unique, sets have gone down a storm on stages shared by a lengthy list of legends including Sly & Robbie, Johnny Osbourne, Steel
Pulse, Black Uhuru, Sister Nancy, Sizzla, Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Damian Marley, Afrika Baambaata, Jazzy Jay, The Fugees, The Beatnuts, DJ Krush, DJ Hype, Andy C, Goldie, Loefah, Kryptic Minds, Pinch, and Emalkay to name just a few. Emerging from the shadows of giants, Liondub’s performances and mixes have moved him into the spotlight with re-current tours and podcast exclusives airing on urb.com and kmag.co.uk, home of the highly influential Knowledge Magazine.
Between stints as a wax-warrior you can find Liondub in the recording studio honing the flipside of his craft.
2010-12 saw Liondub remixing official tracks featuring Elephant Man, TopCat, Blackout JA, Brother Culture & Jahdan all to great acclaim with radio and club support across the globe. His steady stream of productions and artist voicings converged with the Toronto-based producer Marcus Visionary resulting in the launch of Liondub International. This multi-genre label has been sending massive waves through the sub-frequency obsessed bandwidth, peaking (so far) with “The General” featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore, a track co-produced with Matt Shadetek that was tipped as one of the top Ragga-influenced dubstep tracks of 2009. With ongoing support from massive selectors like DJ Hype, Shy FX, Annie Nightingale, Fabio, Rusko, Ramadanman, Chrissy Chris and MJ Cole, and current studio projects with Jah Cure, Sizzla, Capleton, Bounty Killer, John Holt, Horace Andy, and more, 2013 looks to be a year of exceptional promise for this well established dj and his new international imprint. Additionally Liondub partnered with Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor of Big Ship Label fame to launch a series of remix projects to be released early 2013 featuring superstar reggae artists Chino, Stephen & Freddie McGregor, Christopher Martin, Morgan Heritage and more. Liondub45 is Liondub’s newest label imprint co-founded in 2009 with legendary producer Victor Axelrod. Axelrod , Otherwise known as Ticklah, has produced under the wings of Mark Ronson for almost a decade now. Since its inception Liondub and Ticklah have released a catalog of collectible 7”s focusing on deep, vintage dub and scorching Roots Reggae showcasing the talents of a venerable collection of original foundation vocalists and young rising stars including Sugar Minott, Judah Eskender, Courtney John and Jahdan Blakkamoore.
So whether behind the decks as a DJ, behind the boards as a producer/engineer or behind the scenes as a label executive, event producer and record shop buyer, it is Liondub’s uncommon ability to flow between these kindred yet surprisingly disparate musical spheres that distinguishes his creative vision and defines his professional ethos. What emerges from Liondub’s wide angle view of Dub history is an improbable yet fresh way forward that balances the warm soul and raw spontaneity of a Kingston Dancehall sound system with the exacting precision of a London Drum and Bass technician. That’s no easy mission, but one Liondub delivers on daily.