Idavid

Idavid hails from Chelmsford, Essex, UK. His love for reggae music started around 1998, when his friend was listening to some Augustus Pablo and King Tubby dubs. Idavid was blown away by what he heard and started to go to dances, seeing soundsystems like Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti and Disciples.

After hearing the UK roots sound, Idavid was keen to build his own riddims and got hold of a 4 track tape mixer, a keyboard and a couple of effects units and started producing tracks. Soon afterwards he purchased an 8 track 1/2 inch tape machine and 24 track desk. His first commercial production was with Wayne McArthur, a track called “Jah Love to the Rescue” released as a 12” on his own Bigga Vibes label in 2001.

Idavid worked with several artists in this format but in time moved to Brighton where the Riddimworks crew were formed, a local roots reggae band. Together they did a few gigs and he set up his studio in Brighton to record the band. After about a year the band went their separate ways, and Idavid took a break from producing.

In 2011 Idavid started producing music again, working as both a session musician, such as his melodica and keyboards on Wolete Seyon’s Anywhere I Go (produced by Ras Kush on Black Redemption), and as a producer of his own riddims, working with vocal artists like Idren Natural and Sun-I Tafari.

2012 sees the release of Idavid’s debut melodica instrumental and dub album “Showdown” on Righteous Works, a mystical journey through the spirit of the Earth.

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