August 22 2014 - Yesterday was the
conclusion of the official release of my
album "Heavyweight Dubwise".
During the last twelve days, while one track
was released per day, I've been doing all
kinds of things. Things, that not only
justify this update, but require them. Read
about the midi files, about being accused of
stealing from a thief, about all my Creative
Commons releases, and more.
the midi files
After kind of rising from my online slumber earlier this year, I discovered a new feature at my
web hosting provider. I can watch in real-time what happens on the dubroom.org servers, and I do that a few times a week. This helped me tremendously, because I learned that
the Midi Files we've released during the
early years of this website back in 1997 were way more popular than I
Truly, I thought it was more a thing people would go to for old times sake, and an "occasional" producer/visitor of studio.dubroom.org.
How wrong I was.
I knew about "Skream", the Dub
Step producer that has used our material for
his commercial releases without even
crediting us. I knew about some other people
who used the midi files for non-commercial
reasons, but I was absolutely unaware of the
enormous popularity. Yes, that page is
visited 1000's of times each week.
All these people who have been visiting
that page, have been reading the copyright
notices. Notices which basically prevented honest
people from spreading the stuff. And so,
thieves like Skream got away with it. If
these files would have been released in the
Creative Commons domain, he would just have
been the next to use that particular
I discovered this year, that the Dubroom is visited every day by much (many? dunno my inglish there) more producers than I previously thought. I really thought that studio.dubroom.org got like a few visits a day but that is absolutely not the case. From all over the world people are visiting the studio, reading the tutorials. Even from places you don't expect.
Gradually, things dawned and I started to see
And so I re-released all the midi files
into the creative commons domain.
I pick my battles and ketching vampires like skream is much more of a
worldly, carnal thing than I care to deal with actually. I mean, this is a guy who works in a scene very much comparable with Dancehall and Techno, meaning cokane and dollars using immorality and pompous
behavior. He's making his fortune doing these things. To be
honest I do not want to have one cent of that fortune. So why am I putting so much energy in this whole dead-bury-dead culture, and why do i not realize that of course vampires are there sucking from the source of life by sucking from Jah people.
Yes, what's new? Hm.... It's not like stealing my Inspiration. It's showing lack of contact with the Source of life.
I see that so many people visit the midi page. Skream is not the only one, I am sure of that. None of them want anyone to know about the Midi file, obviously. So this is the best way to counter these parasites without giving them one more minute of the time that Jah gave me to do things.
Home Of The Iriginal Reggae Midi Files
While "everyone" was
downloading and -hopefully- listening to my
new releases, myself I was diving deep back
in the Dubroom's archives, re-discovering
some tracks I totally forgot about, recalling
some precious moments and just having a
basic good time with these old tracks.
I wasn't playing the mp3's on my VLC
player's play list, though. I was uploading
them all to You Tube, but not at the
official Dubroom Channel.
You Tube has this nice feature called
"Video Editor". Everyone can make
their own video using music that is
published under Creative Commons on You
Tube, or use video material published at You
Tube under Creative Commons. I used the last
possibility for the official Dubroom video
releases I did in the last time, and I
thought it would be nice to give something
Throughout the years, people have
uploaded some of my Creative Commons
releases to You Tube and this gave me the
inspiration to open my own personal You Tube
channel (called "the Dubroom
Dread") and start to upload all music
that the Dubroom released under Creative
Commons. I've loaded each track in Windows
Movie Maker, added some information on the
screen, and subsequently uploaded the
results to my You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/dubroomdread.
In essence, I'm providing a complete
catalogue of well over 300 tracks to the You
Tube community. Nicely sorted in play lists,
each one with a download link in the
description. Music by Sure Dread, Heartical,
Jah Roots, and myself, everything nicely
sorted with play lists. Yes, still under
construction and therefore not yet
"officially anounced", but that
will come later.
It's not even the reason why I write this
update, even though it can be quite an
interesting piece of information for some.
Everyone with a You Tube account should be
able to click on the "remix this
video" button and start using the music
on their own account.
Dubroom Creative Commons Releases 1997-2011 - YouTube
an incredible engagement
Then, when I was uploading my tunes, I
saw that one of them was flagged with a
Yes, that drove my attention.
I clicked on the link and saw this:
I pressed play and, yes,
that was my music. It was during a
rather dubbed out piece where I use a
There was a button that
enabled me to respond to this really bizarre
claim. And so I wrote them about the track
and showed them the proof that if in fact
the recording was used by the claimer, that
claimer had violated mine.
I went on to search for this
particular artist and the track he released.
I discovered it was all over the Internet,
at Itunes, Amazon, all the big names had the
track for sale.
Time to actually listen to
the track, I pressed play at Amazon.com and
to my utmost surprise I discover that this
was my tune indeed. It even had my voice, it
was the Dub that I released and here and
there a little thing was added. Even Skream
had done more work than this particular
individual. I wrote a review that basically
said what the track was and my advice not to
buy it. The comment was approved by Amazon
within an hour.
During that hour, I had
discovered that this particular artist was
trying to make a name for himself in that
industry which I have exposed in two books
and countless of other publications. Yes,
the Christian Industry. His particular track
was released a few years back. I discovered
a trail wherein this person, year after
year, pretended to have produced this track
and received one compliment after the other.
He was all over the Internet receiving good
comments about "his" track,
compliments which he responded to with
A righteous anger awoke.
This was no longer a
copyright issue caused by a notice of one of
my tracks at You Tube.
This was Jah showing me what
these blasphemers had done, once again.
Stealing the real thing,
"sanctifying" it by totally
renaming the track and not giving any
indication whatsoever about any other source
than their own "inspiration",
offering it for sale to an audience that is
trained into believing that the Most High
orders them to only listen to
"sanctified" music. Yes indeed, I
have seen that before.
Just like the money changers
in the temple, just like the one Peter
described in the following scripture:
And through covetousness
shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of
a long time lingereth not, and their
damnation slumbereth not. (source)
Feed the flock of God
which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly;
not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
This guy made merchandise of
not just me, but especially his audience. An
audience, that believes they should turn to
self proclaimed "Gospel Reggae"
artists in order to get a blessing from
Jesus. A paid blessing. Feigned words,
saying he produced this thing. Feeding the
flock of Jah, his audience, for filthy
What a shame.
What a blasphemy!
Blasphemy? Yes. I didn't
mention how this particular artist's name
included the Name of the Almighty.
Everything he does, he does in the Name of
the Most High. The stealing, the misleading,
putting the thieved material up for sale,
Of course that is not why I
had made the track. That is not why I
released it online for free, many years
I didn't make it to get
accused of being a thief, either.
After all, that was the
factual situation. The thief, who stole that
track from me, had officially registered his
stolen good as his own intellectual property
when he put it up for sale. When I then
wanted to upload "his" intellectual
property to You Tube I got accused for
stealing his stolen good. A total reversal
of the truth.
Even though everything was
easily proven, the situation was far more
serious and so I contacted the guy. What
followed was a truly bizarre exchange of
communication which I would like to share
I confronted him with the
spiritual truth that I just painted in
previous paragraphs. Frankly, I asked him
how he could maintain such a thing for years
in a row and not be confronted with the law
written in the hearts of all those that are
truly born again. How can you claim to be
born again and not be convicted in your
heart? I advised him very strongly to
consider the words in John 3:16, that quote
our Lord saying everyone that believeth in
Yesus shall have eternal life.
Initially, my worst fear
seemed to materialize in front of my eyes.
He totally ignored
everything, and was only interested in a
practical work-out. Yes, he would write to
all the sites and have them remove the
track. Could he still offer it for free,
After pointing out to these
specific, very serious things that the
apostle Peter wrote about, after my plea for
him to check out his position in Christ (if
any!), my strong advise to go to the Father
with this thing, all he wanted was to hold
on to what he got. He could not let go of
his stolen good. It was truly, truly painful
However, not all hope was
lost. It took a while before he told me that
he had prayed over it and it was his idea
that the Lord indeed wanted him to remove
everything. I hope he will do what Jah says.
That's so much more important than anything
in the mean time
I updated the Net Label
website and my Ifficial home as well. There
are a lot new artist pages and several of
them now include You Tube embed's. My
Ifficial home now has the right copyright
notice with every track, the one page from
where you can download all my music is
heavily updated as well. Things should
absolutely be more clear.
I've got a lot of music to
review as well.
Yes, let me do that.