Gentleman’s Dub Club [UK]
Formed in 2006 and now celebrating over ten years as a nine-piece, Gentleman’s Dub Club initially came together as a dub band, having been inspired by the scene in Leeds. Merging together dub, ska, reggae and electronic influences, it didn’t take long for the infectious sounds of GDC to become widespread, with their debut EP ‘Members Only’ taking the number one spot on the iTunes Reggae charts and getting radio love and support from David Rodigan.
The ‘Open Your Eyes’ EP (2012) saw the group’s iconic ‘High Grade’ single gain cult status, and following on from this came their first album ‘FOURtyFOUR’. With their reputation taking a strong hold, Gentleman’s Dub Club racked up additional, prolific Radio 1 support, backed P Money in a BBC Maida Vale session for Mistajam and begin notching up countless live shows with their unshakeable energy. To date, the band have played numerous international festivals, including Sierra Nevada World Festival (USA), Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party (UK), Outlook Festival (Croatia), Summer Jam (Germany) and Ostroda Reggae Festival (Poland), reaching more than 40 appearance a year.
Their second album ‘The Big Smoke’ landed late in 2015 on US label Easy Star, with them performing excerpts for David Rodigan back at Maida Vale. The distinctive, creatively charged sounds of the Club have hit over 3 million YouTube plays and inspired remixes from Prince Fatty, Nextmen and Manasseh, whilst they have taken tunes from the likes of London Elektricity and Alex Clare to put their own spin on.
Increasingly in demand as both a production and performance outfit, 2016 holds much more in store for the Gentleman’s Dub Club. Curating and hosting the main room in London’s Fabric this June is just one of the upcoming highlights on the horizon – watch this space.