Paul Fox

Paul Fox Karnatone Records - Reggae, Dub, Reggae Soundsystem UKI first started going to reggae sound systems in the late eighties to see sounds like Jah Shaka, Manasseh, Good Times (Joey Jay and Robert Tribulation), Jah Observer and Aba Shanti. I loved the music and the vibes so much that I began making music at home on a four track. After a while I was introduced to Nick Manasseh and recorded a 12″ at his studio in Brixton in 1992. The release was called ‘Writing on the Wall’ with ‘African Mask’ on the B-side. Both tunes were well received on the sound systems and then I began to work with Robert Tribulation. We formed the Word, Sound and Power label and released a number of singles and albums including two albums with Rod Taylor. Robert Tribulation started playing the sound system Good Times (which became Word, Sound and Power) and we appeared all over the UK and also Amsterdam, Athens, Nice and other places doing PAs and dub sessions.

I was also creating music with Julian Ryan, a friend and musician, who introduced me to Jonah Dan in the mid nineties. Jonah had a small studio in West London and the three of us would make roots and dub reggae every week. After creating music together for a couple of years we put out our first 12″ which was called War and Peace. This was followed by a dub album and we decided on the name Shades of Black for the three of us. After some time, Julian went his own way and so Jonah and I carried on under the name, Shades of Black. We released a popular 12″ (Friend or Enemy/ Fight for the Right) and also an album called Sounds of Time in 2002. I set up my own studio around this time and began to work with a guitarist called Stuart Webb. Together we worked on some tunes that Jonah also played bongos on. I recorded some vocals and so did Jonah and Jimmy Ranks. These sessions formed the next couple of releases which were two 12″s called Hard Times/ Over I and Light Years/ This is not the end. We still used the name Shades of Black and decided that as long as Jonah and I were involved in the music, any additional musicians we used (which are always friends of ours) would be part of the group as well.

I had the privilege of being introduced to Michael Rose by my friend, The Outsider. Michael Rose came to my studio and recorded a number of tunes which resulted in the release of Ceasefire (on 10″), babylon Kingdom Fall (on 12″) , an album called ‘Great Expectations’ and a dub version of the album called ‘Dub expectations’. This was a great experience for me since I am a big fan of Michael Rose.

In 2008 I started touring as a singer with Alpha and Omega and together we have done shows in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czeck Republic. The current line up includes Jonah Dan and Dan I as well as Christine, founding member of Alpha and Omega. We released an album with this line up called ‘Songs from the Holy Mountain’.

In 2009 I released an album called ‘Walls of Jericho’ and then in 2010 the title track appeared on a 12″ released by Dan I which included cuts of the same riddim by Dan I and Jonah Dan.

I have been working with a very talented producer recently called ‘Fullness’ and together we have two releases on his Karnatone Label. These are called ‘First Light’ and ‘ Be Careful’. We have also done some live shows with his band ‘Dubheart’. I also have done some work with some other great producers including Unlisted Fanactic from Belgium which resluted in a 12″ called ‘Money World’ and also Rebelsteppa from Russia which resulted in a 7″ called ‘Wise Up’.

Live shows have been continuing over the last couple of years and I am now putting the finishing touches on a new album due out later this year.

I hope to perform more shows this year and I am still recording in the studio. Please feel free to get in touch!

One Love, Paul

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