A special Black History Month edition of From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits with Mikey Dread, reggae star and Clash collaborator who will perform with his band and discuss his decades long career. An artist and producer, Dread helped launch many artists, from Earl 16, Edi Fitzroy, Rod Taylor, Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin and the Roots Radics Band to the Clash, Japanese rock band Anarchy and Izzy Stradlin (ex Guns ‘n’ Roses). In addition to his work with the Clash, Dread has also recorded with UB40 and has collaborated with Seal. He is currently touring and promoting his most recent release, “Rasta in Control.”
MIKEY DREAD,as well as being a reggae artist and producer with International recognition may best be known as the pioneer of reggae broadcasting worldwide. Beginning in his hometown of Port Antonio, Jamaica as selector/DJ for his sound systems, Safari and Sounds of Music, he graduated from Jamaica’s College of Arts, Science and Technology before taking his landmark job at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) radio and television network in 1976. It was here he developed his Dread At The Controls label and trademark. His production expertise has helped launched many artists, from Earl 16, Edi Fitzroy, Rod Taylor,Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin and the Roots Radics Band to the Clash, UB 40, Japanese rock band Anarchy , Izzy Stradlin(ex Guns N’ Roses) and stretches through the late 70′s into the 80′s.
After many years working for Independent Record labels he then decides to take back full control of his life and music “hence the title “Rasta in Control”. He continued writing and recording for the next few years but kept a low profile, a musical genius mind was at work.
He pursued a university degree in Florida, adding a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Communication to his credit. His 2000 CD release, “World Tour” was his first release in ten years and was released on his own Dread At The Controls label.
Currently Mikey Dread is in constant demand for his Roots and Culture Music playing in 2006 at top concert venues in Canada, France, Italy,Switzerland, Ireland and the UK and selected clubs and Festivals across the USA and Hawaii. His energetic stage performances
around the Globe has garnered rave reviews from media and audiences alike, he is well known for his Irie roots and culture consciousness, and charisma with his fans proving Mikey Dread is still the Dread who is most definitely At The Controls!