Subatomic Sound System in Portland for Dub Champions Festival with Mista Chatman, Signal PDX, Most Hi Sound, Zam Zam

Portland Subatomic Sound System, Dub Champions Festival, Analog Cafe & Theater

Coming off a triumphant sold-out show backing dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Star Theatre in early September, Subatomic Sound System returns for a solo gig for the Portland massive, accompanied by Seattle-based ragga MC Mista Chatman.

Joining the headliners will be some of Portland’s top selectors of dub, bass, dancehall and related genres, including
• E3 (ZamZam Sounds)
• Monkeytek (PDXINDUB)
• selectress instigatah (Most Hi Sound)
plus Signal resident DJs Saltfeend, Samizdat, Pouren and Shockman

Signal and Most Hi Sound are proud to present this landmark Dub Champions Festival 2015 event.

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For over a decade and a half Emch has been the producer, DJ/selector, and musician spearheading NYC’s Subatomic Sound System and the Subatomic Sound label. Subatomic Sound System connects the reggae roots of dub and the future of electronic bass music using a unique configurations of live instruments and electronics that five years back led Jamaica’s dub pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to make Subatomic his go-to band for reinventing his Black Ark studio sound. At that same time, Emch founded Dub Champions Festival in NYC with the goal of exposing the legacy and influence of dub through performances and education events by both originators and new school dub revolutionaries. Dub Champions Festival has expanded like wild fire to Europe and across the entire USA creating a chitlin’ circuit style network of dub artists and promoters across the globe. As evidence of the movement, Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System just completed a three week, almost entirely sold out tour as part of this year’s festival, performing Perry’s classic “Super Ape” album for the first time ever live, one of one of the crowning achievements of dub and reggae produced and by Scratch in Jamaica in 1976. Subatomic Sound System has toured throughout North America, Europe, Russia and Asia. In 2007, Emch was recruited by top ranking Viennese live dub band, Dubblestandart, to play guitar and melodica on their Planet Dub tour which led to producing the first dubstep mixes for Perry. Subatomic Sound System productions, remixes, and releases include a wide spectrum of established icons like Lee Perry, David Lynch, Elephant Man, Anthony B, U-Roy, and Ari Up of the Slits as well as next-generation torch bearers and pioneers like Jahdan Blakkamoore, Dubblestandart, Stereotyp, Frikstailers, Dub Gabriel, and many more. The Subatomic Sound label releases on digital and vinyl with the most recent being “NYC-2-Africa-2-Brasil” mixing up dub, dancehall, African and Brasilian percussion; and a new single dropping this Halloween with Perry called “Black Ark Vampires”. Emch also works as a radio host for Brooklyn Radio and KEXP’s Radio New York broadcasts, label manager for Kingston-based People’s Records JA, Dubspot music instructor, and event promoter — essentially at work on every level in NYC and beyond, supporting the legacy of dub and forwarding the global community.

From the mountainsides of Eastern Washington to the sandy beaches of Jamaica (and many places in between), reggae fusion artist MISTA CHATMAN remains livicated to entertaining the masses with his booming, ragga styled mic chatting. Formerly known as DJ COLLAGE, he recorded and performed with several different artists in the electronic dub realm, such as Sofa Surfers, Stereotyp, Megablast, Meat Beat Manifesto, Ghislain Poirier & others. In the early days of dubstep, he was one of the first US-based ragga MCs to perform live & direct alongside top DJs Kode 9, Benga, Hatcha, Caspa & Rusko.
Since converting to Mista Chatman, he’s performed in many festivals, shows and reggae parties in Canada, New York City, San Francisco, Jamaica and elsewhere, both solo and alongside international artists such as Delhi2Dublin, Kytami, Subatomic Sound System, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Non Stop Bhangra, Dub Mission Soundsystem and others. He’s also shared the stage with such reggae greats as Collie Buddz, Mad Professor, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Barrington Levy, Marlon Asher, and Yellowman. Over the last few years, he began to focus on more recording projects and has collaborated with the likes of Canada’s Delhi2Dublin, Kytami, SF dubstep producer El Diablo, Brooklyn-based producer Rx, Slit Jockey Record’s El Carnicero, Jamaican artist God Head, BC-based producer The Phonograff, Dj Sep, and Viennese electro- ance outfit The Kung Fu Divas. Via his own ChattAttak Productions, he released the solo dancehall single “Mash it Up Again” in early 2013 and put out the crossover single “Waiting”, featuring vocals from Seattle-based R&B singer Sistah Luv in spring 2014. Towards the end of the year he appeared on artist Anita Vokil’s release “Come Rude Boy” on Boom One Records. Currently he can be found performing at his monthly “Reggae On Rainier” night in Seattle’s Columbia City area, alongside local & international Reggae acts.