INTRODUCING THE DUBROOM STAR SELECTIONS NET
DUBROOM NET LABEL
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 subsequent demise.
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 download.
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 music.dubroom.org?
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 Billah.
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 vague.
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 addition.
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 licensed.
We're here to offer you free and legal music for your enjoyment or Sound System, music that uplifts the people.