The Dub Side of FatVonFree

by Leroy "FatVonFree" Freeman Jr.

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Big thanks to Tape of The Month Club for inspiring this month he Dubbed....well lol #Dubruary and also #Dubruary2017 please follow him on Instagram

When I started playing bass guitar about 16 years ago, I was cutting my teeth on classic rock and blues records. The first time I heard Bob Marley I loved it right off the bat. Concrete Jungle is my fav tune (who says a jazz bass cant hold it down) and his "Babylon by Bus" live album is still up there with the Allman Brothers for me. When I moved to Okinawa in 2002 I met a guitar player from Cali (Joel Byrum) that played something that blew my mind. It came in the form of Lee Scratch Perry, followed by King Tubby. (I dropped my whole Air Force pay check at Tower Records that payday on Dub Reggae). I will stop short of writing a book, but I want to say, I wish I could hear more of people's influences in their music, the inspiration they pull from the many genres into their own sound. This album was me, a Fender P bass, Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul Menace, a MicroKorg, and my voice through an sm57. I made the tracks all in Ableton. Then mixed live with Aurex' Ableton mix racks i modified into a Victor KD-05 cassette deck into a cheap 20 minute tape. Lots of mistakes and imperfections but this was so much fun to do. This was what intrigued me about dub was the live mixing aspect of it. I learned so much about Ableton along the way and saved many of the effects racks I made, and tweaked and some drum kits. I hit some reggae in this, some downtempo, and some ambient/electronic elements. Weird but I just let the music flow instead of saying only dub. Can't wait to fail out loud again. Love the Process.....I truly always... #Pushin #Relentless in everything #ididntComeHereToHireOnAsAHand


released March 1, 2017

I would like to THANK the following amazing folks...

Gadget at Scratchmagtv
Patrick Gentile at Beardface Inc, Matt Nuss Design Co., Chris Morgan, Scott at SwampWorks Amps, Gabe Williams at Smokin' Amp Co., Reddit Discord Server Folks for Clowning my Freestyle skills every night lol
Gibson Guitars, Fender Guitars, Dunlop/MXR effects
D'Addario Strings, Epiphone Guitars and Basses.



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Leroy "FatVonFree" Freeman Jr. Tokyo, Japan

Just a dude from Central Texas trying to make a blend of Maynard James Keenan, Curtis Mayfield, The Alchemist, Gov't Mule and Delta Blues.....Trying......I play Bass, Lead Guitar, Sing, and Record. Hit Me Up....

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