August 2014 - Sometimes, things require an
explanation. Sometimes, you just want to
know a little bit more. Sometimes, you're
looking for something specific. That could
just be the case with the Dubroom's very own
Net Label. What's this all about, and how
does the music get on this label? Messian
In the Dubroom's humble beginnings back
in 1997, what we did was releasing music in
the general MIDI format. You can still
download them, and even remix them
non-commercially for free at midi.dubroom.org.
Then came the MP3 format and with that, the
true golden years of MP3.com and it's
After surviving the first decade of this
21st century, the Internet saw the rise of
the Net Label phenomenon.
A label is basically an outlet for
musical productions. This is the case with
labels that provide buyable music, and this
is the case with Net Labels even though the
majority releases music for free and often
even under Creative Commons copyright. Just
being an artist or producer creating music
does not necessarily lead to your music
being heard, where a (Net) Label presents
artists and music to reviewers and those
online seeking for free and legal music to
The Dubroom caters to all of the above:
you could say the the Dubroom is a very
central website when it comes to getting
free and legal high quality (DUB) Reggae
Music. Hundreds of free albums and single
tracks, often downloadable straight from the
Dubroom. That's reviewed music alone, which
is exactly the reason why the Dubroom Net
Label was founded.
The Dubroom doesn't just review music.
There is real music produced in the Dubroom
Studio, which you can find on the pages of messiandread.dubroom.org,
but there is also music which is not
produced in our studio and yet we're able to
release them. This is usually the result of
some form of contact or request from the
side of the Dubroom. Anyway, that's the
reason why the Dubroom has a Net Label on
top of it's reviews and studio productions.
So, what does the Dubroom Net Label has
to offer you, who like to download free and
legal (DUB) Reggae for your enjoyment or
sound system? And what does the Dubroom Net
Label have to offer you, artist/producer
interested in featuring on the pages of
First and foremost, our Net Label serves
as the main outlet for the music that is
produced in the Dubroom studio. There's also
the Dubroom's House Band, the Iriginal JAH
Roots and releases by other members of that
band, not produced in the Dubroom studio
even though it has passed through some
treatment in "Dub Area 51".
We're also honored to be able to present
a number of productions that have nothing to
do with the Dubroom studio, Jah Roots or any
of it's members. We're talking names like
Prince Fatty, Dubcreator, Alpha and Omega
and a very interesting compilation for Jah
In 2014, the Dubroom obtained licenses to
use specific vocal works by well-known,
legendary and otherwise very good, skilled
and talented vocalists. Big names and big
voices. The music that these vocalists (you
can find them in our artist section) voice
over, is produced in the Dubroom. Most of
it, that is. We also obtained recordings and
licenses to use stuff that is recorded in
the legendary ARIWA Studio, where Mad
Professor holds the scepter. This is all
legal, fully licensed, and still offered to
you free of charge.
From time to time, we receive requests by
artists/producers to be included in the list
of names at our Net Label. Perhaps, that's
why you're here reading this.
Keep reading, especially where it becomes
This Net Label is most certainly open for
inclusion of music, but not just any.
Inclusion on this Label means a connection
with the Dubroom, and not "just" a
mention on the site in the form of a review.
Inclusion on this Label also indicates a mutual
urge to uplift the other. The Dubroom
uplifts the artist, and the artist uplifts
the Dubroom. And, as you know, uplifting goes further than "to
promote", as we do with our
reviews. To uplift means, to take it to a
next (higher) level.
It's pretty hard, if not impossible to
describe just what the uplifting would mean.
It's basically something you just know, you
simply feel it.
It goes further than an urge to promote
your own musical works. The Dubroom Net
Label should absolutely not be seen as a way
of promoting certain artists, even though it
can be a side-effect of inclusion. When we
add music to our label, we feel that it
uplifts the average quality of the catalogue
rather than the other way around. At least,
every addition should really be that, an
It goes further than just wanting to
promote the Dubroom as well. It has to do
with the promotion of (DUB) Reggae as a
whole, and (preferably) consciousness as
more or less defined throughout the entire
website. That means, no slackness and no
shades of grey when it comes to legality.
All the music on the Dubroom Net Label is
We're here to offer you free and legal
music for your enjoyment or Sound System,
music that uplifts the people.