Children Of Dub was started by former
member Luke Eastwood. It began in '91 following a one off collaboration with guitarist Demian Castellanos and DJ Quark on what later became the song "Journey to the Inner Light". Demian decided to pursue his own music, returning periodically for many live sets and several recorded collaborations. Demain later went on to form his own recording outfit
, which is still going strong.DJ Quark never joined Children Of Dub, he carried on running Zero Gravity with DJs Cloggi and Zach. For a while Luke Eastwood continued on his own, in 1993 Luke joined forces with Zach (Chris Hunt, also from Zero Gravity) working together on a remix of Psychotropic and playing their live debut at London's
. After some musical differences Zach also left to pursue his own music and Luke carried on alone until enlisting Katie Hecker (formerly of Ecstacy Of St Teressa & Revolution 9) as percussionist.
Children Of Dub signed to Diversity in late '94, recording their first EP "
" which included several remixes. For the first album they were rejoined by Demian on "Journey to...". The album "
The Silent Pool
" was released in September 1995, after a trip to India, to rave reviews. Their first tour of the UK was a success leading to gigs and the release of the album in Europe on Incoming! Records. Two EPs - "
" featuring Whirl-y-gig and Bumpy capers remixes) and "
" were also released before Diversity folded. All the Children of Dub Diversity recordings are long since deleted. Demian also returned for several live performances including Brixton Academy and WOMAD, although just Luke and Katie played at their breakthrough performance at London's
, but only one song was recorded at this gig, which appears on the Transcendental EP. Tours across the UK and much of Europe followed over the following years until Luke moved to Ireland in early 1999.
As fans of Astralasia the band was more than delighted to join the same label, Magick Eye Records. The 1st Magick Eye release was the trance and d'n'b "
" EP. Their 2nd album "
" was released in 1996, featuring Mick Lawlor and Katie Hecker and they completed their second UK tour (including WOMAD, with Demian Castellanos returning, Whirl-y-gig and Megatripolis) and several dates in Europe. A limited edition EP "
" featuring David Riley on vocals and a remix by Surge was released in spring and their 3rd and highly acclaimed album "
" was released in summer '97 also featuring two tracks with Demain Castellanos and "Greed" with David Riley. This was followed by the trance EP "
Nemesis/Rhythm Of Life
" in autumn and short tours in the UK, Holland and Germany.
A special album for USA, Canada and Japan only "
" was released in August '97, featuring tracks formerly only on 12" and CD singles as well as a few tracks off Chameleon and ESP. It is only available in the UK via the internet (try CDnow/Amazon). In spring '98 "
Feeling Has Gone
", a limited edition 12" featuring Saoirse Keogh on vocals, was released, receiving excellent reviews. This EP delvs once again into drum n bass and ambience on the flip side. This was followed by another short tour of the UK.
At the end of '98 the fourth, and arguably best, album "
Digital Mantras for a Fucked Up World
" was released. This album did not feature Demian Castellanos or Katie Hecker but included vocal perfomances from Lou Palmer and Saoirse Keogh. Once again this received excellent reviews and several tracks from this album were used on compilations, including "Spook" on
Return to the Source's
"Ambient Meditations", their last live appearance was at RTTS in 1999, for the launch of Ambient Meditations.
A best of album was released in August 2001, "
". With tracks culled from the rarest 12"s, deleted CDs and rare compilations, it is also includes previously unreleased versions of their songs. With the various collaborators now scattered between Ireland, London, Chile, New Zealand and Cornwall, Children Of Dub has come to a natural end and there will not any reunions. The compilation DVD - "
", released in 2015 serves as an alternative 'best of' with over 20 chilled-out tracks on this release. Some of our songs have been used in TV and film, including a US surfing film and the TV series 'Top Gear'.
After lying in a Vault for 23 years,
Live at Whirl-Y-Gig, WOMAD 96
was released in November 2019, thanks to the British Library Archive that retrieved the recording made at WOMAD in summer 1996 and allowed its release. This is available only as a download for now or streaming online.
In february 2020 a new jazzy drum n bass single "
Stay With Me
" was released in digital format, featuring Irish singer Emma Stack on vocals an Anton Petelchits on saxophone This was followed by the first studio album since 1998's Digital Mantras. "
" is the 5th and final album from Children Of Dub, released in March 2020, although most of it was recorded between 2000 and 2005. It features 3 cover versions as well as guest vocalists Emma Stack and Cucy Chrysal. This final album is an homage to all things dance - all the music that inspired the ecletic mix that makes up the Children Of Dub sound
This is most definitely the last album - apart from the fact that all the various contributors are scattered all over the world, it's better to quit while you're ahead and stop before you produce a work that is truly awful and ruins your discography. Children Of Dub is happy with what they produced so why not leave it there and not flog a dead horse!
There are well over 40 compilations out there featuring Children Of Dub. Most feature singles or album tracks but there are a few rarities too. Check out the Goa Trance series, Amberdelic Space series, Goa Head series, Visitation I & II, Dubnology 2, Ambient Meditations and Galaxy Tribe for starters.
Children Of Dub have remixed for US trance act Transmutator and Beyond The Honey Tunnel (also on Magick Eye Records), a bootleg remix of Kula Shaker's 'Tatva' and Irish band metal band Kaind and they also worked on production for soundtracks for a small independent film maker.
What WOMAD had to say...
"Flitting between spacey dub and softcore hints of jungle, Children of Dub are the latest signing to the expanding Magick Eye label. Fitting snug as a laid-back bug into the fluffy rug of the Whirl-Y-Gig environment, when the Children of Dub come out to play you can be sure to detect the faint rustle of Rizla origami amongst a happily high-stepping crowd."