A conversation with Jude Patrick, founder of foundation rockers/dub music vinyl event Rootsyardd Dub. Jude is passionate about uniting people under the banner of positive, uplifting music. He and his team have created a space to do just that.
The next Rootsyardd Dub & Night Market takes place on Saturday 25th August, corner Nook Ave & St Ann’s Rd, St Ann’s. Follow them on facebook and IG for more details!
What inspired Rootsyardd Dub?
The inspiration has a lot to do creating space to appreciate positive foundation rockers and dub music and bringing together like minded people. We feel that, combined with playing this music on a customised analog sound system hit the right notes and vibrations of peace, love and togetherness all night long. Who wouldn’t want to feel that kind of vibe?
There are several sort of pop up reggae events on the scene these days – how does Rootsyardd Dub stand out?
Well, for us at Rootsyardd it’s simple: we’ve built our own sound system and all the music you hear at Rootsyardd is played on vinyl.
For people who were lucky to go to blocko fetes, bazaars and parties in the 70s to 90s, one thing we can all agree on is the power of the sound on what we call “boom box”. We believe the sound brings back that nostalgic feeling of listening to music that touches your soul. People come to Rootsyardd and feel uplifted; they connect with the sound. For us, we know it’s all about the sound they hear.
Okay, so for everyone who started partying in the nineties, and younger, you might want to clarify that the dub music you’re referring to is not the stuff of Buju, Beenie and Bounty Killer. So tell us, what is dub music?
We play foundation rockers/dub. When some people hear the term “dub” they might think of dancehall but it’s not what we play. What we do is strictly positive selections from some of the pioneering and leading reggae artistes. And yes, we do include some of the latest up-to-date music, but only if their albums are pressed on wax or vinyl.
The name of your next event on August 25 is Roostyardd Dub & Night Market. Why did you think to bring these together and is the market meant to be a consistent feature?
One of our partners New Earth Organic is one of the very first organic stores in Trinidad; they support local farmers and well, we believe in supporting small entrepreneurs and artists period. So the idea came to us to give “makers” a space to promote their products, craft etc. We’ve also teamed up with New Fire, our partner in ecological mindfulness, to have our space outfitted with upcycled materials as well as to reduce waste in general. Together, these create the look and feel of the market space, and helps us achieve our goal of bringing people together. We gather not only with the music but the awareness of livety. So yes, the market is integral to the Rootsyardd mission, so look out for it!
Are you heartened by the recent resurgence of vinyl on the dance scene and do you see it making a major comeback across different genres of music?
Oh definitely, and with that I mean any type of music on pure wax. Vinyl was always around. In other parts of the world DJs or selectors still play records. It never went ‘out of style’ like it did here. It’s all part of the complete sound. I would say we brought back the sound; vinyl was always around.
Black Chariot on the turntables at the first Rootsyardd Dub event held in May 2018.
Black Chariot, a selector known for his vinyl collection, is your main collaborator in this music venture – how did you make that connection?
Yes, my brother Gauge! We call him the story teller – a wise man, he is. Yeah, well apart from being one of my favourite selectors in the business, I reached out to him asking if he would like to be part of the movement. We met, the vibes were on point and we both knew this is what we wanted: Wax and Sound. Talk done.
Reggae is hugely popular in T&T (as it is across the entire region), particularly among the youth, to the annoyance of many who find we don’t do enough to appreciate our own music/culture etc — do you think it matters, the origin of the music we enjoy or relate most to?
The words that come to mind for me are: “We are one Caribbean people”. Well, honestly, I don’t even think the youth nowadays are into dub like we were in the 80s/90s – back then it was real vibes. A lot of that music remains timeless. We’ve seen the impact of the music of the Caribbean – whether soca, calypso, chutney, reggae, zouk: we all feel and understand each other, the language doesn’t matter. So no, to me, where the music comes from is not an issue. It’s about the message in the music. Keep the thing positive, and change up the music playlists. It’s a shame that you hear the same songs at most events, and this applies to all genres of music. Time to let the music breathe!
Rootsyardd Dub founder Jude Patrick.
How did you become a fan of foundation dub/rockers music?
That’s all my father. Foundation for us was also calypso. We grew up on postive music and revolution vibes. He played all the conscious music from Brother Valentino to Black Stalin to Israel Vibration, The Gladiators – you name it, we heard it! The key thing was the message of peace, love and unity. And I guess as the old people say “what eh meet yuh eh pass yuh…” It’s just in my DNA.
Are you hoping to create a kind of movement?
I think it’s only in doing it we realised that. We feel we need to cool things down a bit in our beautiful country. I think the music people hear and are exposed to is second to the role of the family, in terms of importance. So for us at Rootsyardd it’s simple: the music and the sound take you higher; no frills, no thrills, just bring your love and come. The movement is all about awakening love and upful vibes.