WWW, April 2010 - Online (DUB) Reggae Artist David Pablo introduces his fellow artists to a triplet of websites where they can upload and promote their musical works as well as having contact with other artists.
Seven years ago, those of us who are members of the online (dub ) reggae community could never have envision a world without Versionist.com. But through a series of backroom deals which we will not go into detail about here, the Mighty Versionist is no more. Fear not, fellow artists and producers, for a new crop of user generated reggae sites has appeared over the last few years, the top 3 are (in no particular order):
Let's take a look at what each of these have to offer:
MYREGGAESPACE.com (also known as ReggaeMp3.com) features a mix of established names alongside underground artists. There are many great tunes licensed directly from such notable veterans like Jah Thomas and Bunny Lee for sale, and underground artists also have the option of selling their tunes. Members are referred to as "Reggae Citizens" and the owner, Silver Kamel (a legend on his own), is always available to provide assistance. His mission statement is:
"So here I am again, intent on bringing to you a selection of music that I feel will somehow affect your life, whether it makes you happy and want to dance, awakens your inner consciousness and makes you think, or you just want to play it because it makes you feel good. Whatever. Life is short, enjoy every moment of every day, and help pass on your good vibes on the way."
Dubark ,which is more or less aimed directly at the Versionist diaspora, features an eclectic selection of underground artists. It is owned by Gadman Dubs, who grew up in the UK Soundsystem arena (his Father operated a sound). Artists may also sell their music.
KingDub Community ,which appears to be the newest of the three, provides a great selection of underground artists as well as featuring a nifty toolbar which links to Facebook and Myspace. They also have an Apple application that allows listeners the ability to listen to KingDub Radio anywhere: http://iworld.squatsoft.com/kingdub/
It must be noted that, while each individual site shares the same inherit basic features, each site also has enough uniqueness (Dubark boasts a section for Loops and Vst plug-ins for example) that the three compliment each other rather than compete. Many of the more promotional savy artists are members in good standing at all three sites. Indeed a breath of fresh air for many older community members.