Lee Scratch Perry Interview “The Duppies Like White Rum” [Video]
Whether you prefer to call him a madman or a genius, there’s no doubt that Lee “Scratch” Perry is a living legend. The man who gave the Wailers their “Natural Mystic” and pushed the frontiers of dub music at his Black Ark studio has never lost his creative mojo, even at the age of 78.
In the first installment of Reshma B’s exclusive interview with Scratch, he talks about two of his most recent collaborations—the ‘Vibes’ EP, a collaboration with the Swiss musician Iguana, and the ‘Back on the Controls’ project for which the London-based Rolling Lion team recreated all the exact recording equipment and techniques used at the Black Ark. “The Ark of the Covenant is a spirtual vibration,” scratch explains. “Ancient spirits speak… Everything is spirit. Because God is a spirit and Satan the devil also is a spirit. But Satan need competition.” Find out why Scratch sprinkles white rum inside the studio before beginning a recording session. Salute to Mark James for shooting this one.