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02 April 2015

No More Fake Dubs – Says Tarrus Riley

Recently, the sound clash arena was shocked by a video done by Tarrus Riley in which he explains that he will no longer be recording dub plates for soundmen.  Since the release of the video clash fans and soundmen alike have been mustering about his decision.  Some have accused it of being a publicity stunt, while others simply felt that Tarrus Riley was just upset for the moment and after he calmed down he would continue doing dub plates.

Chin from had an opportunity to talk to Tarrus Riley on Sound Chat radio in an effort to get to the bottom of his announcement.  In the interview, the singer expressed that he is tired of his dub plate materials being spliced and his name being used to deceive people.

The singer explained that he no longer wants to be part of an industry that has become unauthentic. His solution is simple!  If it is well publicized that he is no longer doing dub plates, no one will be able to benefit from selling fake Tarrus Riley dubs.

The singer states that he is passionate about his music and he wants to continue focusing on the joy he gets from his creations.

Some soundmen feel that Tarrus’ decision is way too harsh, however Tarrus believes it’s the best way for him to move forward.

The emergence of fake dubplates has reached an all time high in the sound clash arena. No one can pin point the actual reason why fake dubs have become so popular, however all would agree that this practice is now hurting the sport of sound clashing.

What is a fake dub is a question that those who are not familiar with sound clashing may ask?  Fake dubs come in many different forms.  The most popular form of a fake dub recording is referred to as splicing.  Splicing is when the actual voice of the real artiste is used to sing 90% of the dubplate however a similar voice is used to insert the name of the sound.  If this is done correctly and the second voice used is very similar to that of the original artiste, once the acapella is laid on the riddim one would never know the difference.  The other form of fake dub which is not as popular but still exists is, when a sound boy uses an artiste that sounds similar to the original artist to do the entire dubplate, disguising him or herself as the original artiste.

The popularity of fake dubs is now destroying the once harmonious relationship between artistes and soundmen.  Both seem to place the blame on each other.  Soundmen argue that the pricing of dubplate from artiste is way too high; therefore those who can’t afford popular dub plates turn to splicing.

Artiste argue that the price of dub plates have always been costly.  According to artistes some of today’s soundmen are not part of the authentic culture of sound clashing; therefore they splice dubs to save money and deceive their audience.

My honest opinion is the emergence of fake dubs is a shared responsibility.  Both artistes and soundmen have contributed to its existence.  Though each party will deny the role they play in making this practice popular, it’s clear as day that the blame cannot be place on one sector.

What do you feel about Tarrus’ decision?

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