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BIO

Victor Rice's involvement in the world of Retro-Jamaican music, as

well as his instrumental and recording technique, have been

influential in creating signature sounds of this era in the world of

Ska, Reggae & Dub Music.

As a bassist, he started with the Scofflaws in 1988 and was soon

involved in other ventures: Founding member of the Stubborn All-

Stars as well as The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, he has also

toured with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker.

Producing for NYC's Moon Records in the early 90s, Rice worked with

The Skatalites, The Slackers, The Toasters, The Pietasters, The

Adjusters, The Epitones and many others. By the late 90's Rice was

a regular figure in a majority of the Ska records coming out of NYC,

either as bassist engineer or producer.

As musician and producer for NYC's Stubborn Records in the late

90s, he received one of two keys to the Version City Studio in

1996. Finding himself in a limitless environment, Rice focused on the

craft of engineering. It was here that he would work with King

Django, Rocker T, Crazy Baldhead, Chris Murray and many more, as

well as produce his first CD, "At Version City(1999)". He also

developed a personal Dub technique that serves him to this day.

Victor is more widely known for his bass and engineering work with

Easy Star Records: "Dub Side of the Moon", "Radiodread", "Sgt

Pepper's Lonely Hearts Dub Band" and "Ticklah Vs Axelrod".

In 2002 Rice relocated to São Paulo, Brasil, where he finished his

second CD, "In America(2003)". He built his own mix studio and

works constantly for artists in Brazil and Abroad. He has produced

and/or mixed records for The Skatalites(JA), Glen Brown(JA), The

Slackers(US), Dr Ring Ding and the Senior Allstars(DE), Mr TBone(

IT), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra(JP), Pannonia All-Stars(HU),

Yellow Umbrella(DE), Brother Culture(UK), Open Season(CH), Hot

Drop(ES), Mikkim(CZ), M.A.K.U. SoundSystem(CO) and many others.

Since 2010, Victor has been working more closely with some of

Brazil's best-known artists: Elza Soares, João Donato, Ceu, Marcelo

Camelo, Bixiga70 and many others. In 2015, Rice joined a

collaboration in São Paulo called Jam Lab, a monthly episode on

YouTube that documents the production of one song from rehearsal

to vinyl in two days' time.

Rice has recently release his first record of compositions in 15

years, “Smoke(Easy Star Records 2017)”, and the next record is

already in production. We can expect to see more of him onstage

with his Octet in the future.

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