Melbourne Voice Artist Dub.FX Brings His Compound Sound to the World's Streets
Amagine from glitch hop duo Supergalactic Expansive sent me a link to a street performance video that just changed the course of my day. Dub.FX is a native of Melbourne, Australia who has chosen the streets of European cities as his performance venues. Using only his voice, an Akai looper, and a handful of effects pedals, Dub.FX creates entire tracks from scratch live on the street.
His journey, as detailed in an immense blog post on his MySpace page, brought him to a ton of urban locales. The most important in terms of influencing his sound was Manchester, a town that houses its very own scene of electronic, hip hop, and dub music largely insulated from the commercialized musical debris of the western world’s majors.
The street musician has been sought after by labels since the mid-2ooos, but as he states in the very same blog post, he’s going to go it independent from here on out. It’s the clear choice for an artist who derives his inspiration from street level styles forged from spontaneous collaboration.
Dub.FX’s story is enthralling, and his catalog is extensive. Count ’em: 15 releases. A couple of them are singles, a few are live compilations, but all of it is original and all of it is totally nasty. The kid is prolific to the extent that some of the work on his page isn’t scheduled for release until this time in 2012. But you can hear it all for free. That’s the beauty of independence.
He’s on tour now, but know that if he’s in your town, you’ll likely catch him performing on Main St.
Just a little tidbit about the track below. In addition to singing the dub vocals with an echo on his regular voice, he raps as two different MCs. One with an effected low pitch voice called Monsoon and one with an effected high pitch voice called Little Man. That’s so bad-a$$ I think i just peed myself a little.
“Free My Soul” (Live in Italy)