Perhaps one of the most influential figures to bring reggae and dub music into popularity both in Jamaica and overseas, Lee Scratch Perry is also known as “The Upsetter” and “Pipecock Jackxon” who had humble beginnings as a record seller. Upon forming his own label known as the “Upsetter” in 1968, he released his single called “People Funny Boy” which almost immediately sold 60,000 copies in Jamaica alone, and would later come to be known as reggae music in the years to come.
From then on, he worked with his studio known as “The Upsetters”, and sold several recordings that he has produced with much success in the UK and Jamaica, while making waves with his eccentric nature and innovative production techniques.
The 1970s saw Perry dabbling with mixing board experiments resulting in the creation of dub music while also hosting recording sessions in his home studio (known as “The Black Ark”) with musicians such as Bob Marley & The Wailers, Max Romeo, The Congos, The Heptones and so on and so forth. Despite such achievements, the studio burned down in 1978, leading to Perry collaborating with a variety of producers in the United States and the UK.
And it was not until the 1980s that his career gained traction again while working with producers such as Neil Fraser and Adrian Sherwood, and he attributed this success to his quitting alcohol and drugs.
Since then, he has performed lead vocals for the Beastie Boys in a song called “Dr. Lee, PhD” and just recently released another album known as “The Mighty Upsetter”.