Fireside Chat

Mad Professor

60 minsFirst aired 25 Jul 2018Next Fireside Chat Sun at 12:00pm EDT
Gabriel Leonard

The Professor is gonna dub you crazy: Four decades of spaced-out reggae history, narrated by the icon himself.

As a kid in the South American nation of Guyana, Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser, AKA Mad Professor, fell in love with all things electronic. After building his first radios from scratch, he caught the music bug and earned his nickname. At age 13, Fraser relocated to London, where he started collecting recording gear and studio devices for his first studio space, Ariwa Studios, in Thornton Heath. Many years and a move to Peckham later, Ariwa had grown into one of the premier addresses for dub, roots and lovers rock recordings. In this episode of Fireside Chat, the Mad Professor reflects on his many musical collaborations with the likes of Jah Shaka, Lee “Scratch” Perry, the Beastie Boys, Sade and Massive Attack, as well as his seminal solo series Dub Me Crazy and Black Liberation Dub. Get deep into the timeless qualities of his dub aesthetic.


Interview by Julian Brimmers
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen
Produced by Julian Brimmers and Carmen Hofmann

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