The concept of DUB OPTIC started with a vision; a vision to open peoples eyes to the ever-evolving bass music scene.
The vision was simple – contribute musical styles with meaning. DUB OPTIC is a about a journey – a journey through dub history, from the Soundsystem dances of the 70’s to the advent of Jungle music in the 90’s and the ever evolving sounds of Drum & Bass and Dubstep. This is DUB OPTIC, all rolled into one.
DUB OPTIC: Initiating the Concept
The man behind DUB OPTIC is Luke Murray (seen pictured left with legend Nicky Blackmarket). He began his contribution to the music scene at just 18 years old, running the youth live music projects for the re-launch of the Isle of Wight festival back in 2002. His contribution to the Isle of Wight live music scene at such a young age was unprecedented, and it was just a few years later that Bournemouth beckoned.
Skip to 2007 in Bournemouth, Dorset and Luke pushed forward probably one of the most innovative club nights the town, if not the south coast had ever seen- DUBNIUM.
“I would say DUBNIUM really began to wake people up in Bournemouth. I mean it was by far the most consistent underground music night the town had ever had. But that was what I wanted to do with my DUBNIUM contribution, really hit the promo hard to get peoples attention in the right way – you know, to open their eyes. And that’s part of the idea behind my current project DUB OPTIC –this is the next level, a new vision, a new idea to wake people up even more.”
And that was exactly what happened; nearly four years on in 2011 after the DUBNIUM event reached its natural conclusion, Luke’s new vision of DUB OPTIC launched with a bang.
“You know people get bogged down with labels, brands and tags – my work has always been about communicating a message, and contributing or creating something people will remember, something people appreciate. This was the idea behind the DUB OPTIC launch,” said Luke.
The DUB OPTIC innovation began with a “Notting Hill Carnival warm up dance” providing Bournemouth’s dub lovers with the towns first ever Reggae ‘meet’ between two monstrous Reggae soundsystems in one venue – an 1,950 capacity prestigious old opera house restored by the o2 academy. Alongside the mighty Channel One & Hytal Bosrah Soundsystems was quite possibly one of the towns biggest DJ line ups to date – 10 Dubstep and Drum & Bass producers and MC’s at the top of their game.
So what does the future hold for DUB OPTIC……the new sounds of the underground, more big name artists, multiple soundsystem dances, a festival, a highly praised resident artist roster amongst a visual splendour in production not to be matched by any other imitators.
DUB OPTIC will continually strive to blend a history of dub-based music- from Reggae Roots to Jungle, Drum & Bass to Dubstep – focusing on Soundsystem Culture as the pinnacle.
DUB OPTIC is known as one of the UK’s premier dub-based events, not to mention festival-contributors; providing music, sound, food and culture to festivals around the UK as well as the mighty OUTLOOK FESTIVAL in Croatia.
A range of acts booked by Luke Murray over the years, including (in no particular order):
MALA & SGT POKES, LOEFAH, DISTANCE, RUSKO, BENGA, FLUX PAVILLION, YOUNGSTA, GOTH TRAD, ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT, TRUTH, DOCTOR P, RSD, JAZZSTEPPA, TES LA ROK, KROMESTAR, JAKES, TROLLEY SNATCHA, HATCHA & CRAZY D, HENY G, CYRUS, CLUEKID, KOAN SOUND, SUKH KNIGHT, STENCHMAN, COMMODO, KILLAWATT, DARK TANTRUMS, SQUAREWAVE, WALSH, ORIEN, FUNTCASE, MARLOW, RISKOTHEQUE, MARCHMELLOW, THE OTHERS, SUBSCAPE, HEADHUNTER, LOST, SHIVERZ, DARKSIDE – GET DARKER TAKEOVER, SOUTHBOUND HANGERS, PERSIST, AFTERDARK- ITCHY ROBOT/SHY/ TOXIN/ PHAZEMAN/ SKEEZE, LOGIKAL KONFUSION-L.O.K.Z-3ZEE1-CLONE A SIDE, ISHEN, BROKE DJ’S, RILLA, SUN OF SELAH, WIL BLAZE, ELEVEN 8, AUDIO SLEAZE, DUBFAMA & PLANTA… to name a few.
DRUM AND BASS/ JUNGLE:
GROOVERIDER, CONGO NATTY aka REBEL MC, TOP CAT, TENOR FLY, VALVE SOUNDSYSTEM, DILLINJA, MAMPI SWIFT, DELTA HEAVY, LEMON D, BLACK SUN EMPIRE, DJ DIE & MC INJA, ED RUSH, RAY KEITH, KENNY KEN, MICKY FINN, RAGGA TWINS, NICKY BLACKMARKET, DJ STEPPA, ORIGINAL SIN, TAXMAN, SUBZERO, CRISSY CRISS, ALIX PEREZ, DJ STEPPA – NORTHERN LIGHTS, LOGAN D, HARRY SHOTTA, BROOKES BROTHERS, DUB PHIZIX ft MC STRATEGY, ULTERIOR MOTIVE, REMARC, MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND, DC BREAKS, CRYSTAL CLEAR, RANDOMER, BREAKNECK, RUN TINGZ CRU, BLACKOUT JA, DIS-MISS, SMART, DOSE, DUBZ, HARMFUL, CYMULANT, POLEAXE, MO, TEMPLA… to name a few.
LIVE REGGAE BANDS/ SELECTORS/ GUEST VOCALISTS/ SOUNDSYSTEMS
MUNGO’S HI FI, CHANNEL ONE SOUNDSYSTEM, IRATION STEPPAS SOUND SYSTEM, EXODUS, HYTAL BOSRAH SOUNDSYSTEM, SWEET POTATO SOUNDSYSTEM, TROJAN SOUNDSYSTEM MC’S- CHUCKY BANTAN & SUPAFOUR, EARL GATESHEAD, TOP CAT, DUBHEART, BEN B, NOEL ZEBULON, DADDY U, MC TENJA, VIRUS SYNDICATE live, … to name a few.