My new lyrical hero: DubFX

My new lyrical hero: DubFX

Not long ago, I was wandering through Christchurch and came across this guy performing on the street. He was singing while a recorded backing track provided some awesome beats.

I didn’t pay much attention at the time but since then a mate of mine has drawn my attention to the unique way he actually records his music.

Just in case you missed it, the video is here:

I was pretty rushed at the time so couldn’t hang around to find out any more details, but I’ve since learnt that the guy is known as DubFX. If you’re into the likes of Shapeshifter and Massive Attack you’ll love his music.

After looking through some more of his videos on YouTube, I’ve realised that the guy is even more of a musical genius than I first thought. He uses a system called the Roland Effects and Loop Pedal to record all of the sounds in his music himself. There’s no drums, no bass guitar, it’s all him. Check out how he makes a song live right in front of a bunch of people. This is DubFX singing and recording “Love Someone”:

and here’s Dub FX performing “Flow” live with Woodnote on the Sax:

Apparently the guy hasn’t signed to any record labels and you can’t buy his records in shops as he doesn’t want to commercialise his music and lose the passion. You can find out more about Dub FX on his website and you can see the guy in action. You can also listen to all of his tracks in full and purchase them for download. No price – just pay how much you think it’s worth. What a legend.

He’s playing in Christchurch this Friday, 19th February.