Everybody needs a spark of inspiration—an epiphany of sorts before embarking on a creative journey. Most often than not, it could be triggered by a momentous event. Sometimes, it could be just as straightforward as merely questioning/defying the norm.
For Dub legend, record producer and journalist The Bug (Frank Martin), it was the latter. His interest in music began with a simple visit at Handsome Dick’s, a record store in Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK where he was introduced to the Throbbing Gristle, Sex Pistols, Captain Beefheart, the Birthday Party and Joy Division.
In an interview he recalled: “It seemed like everything that I hated about English conservative monoculture was being burned and turned upside down through music, and post-punk music was tearing up rule books and asking questions of everything, particularly structure in terms of music, art, politics, you know, the law.”
That was the spark he needed along with his difficult childhood to jumpstart his journey in music. Subsequently, he has chosen the path of Dub because he was attracted to the do-it-yourself (DIY) characteristic inherent in the genre. He initially worked with effects pedal and a four-track recorder and declared: “I was interested in everything that wasn’t harmony, melody, and conservative musical structure. Dub seemed to tear everything to shreds, burn it up, and rearrange the embers.”
Since the early 90’s, The Bug has taken many forms (King Midas Sound, The Curse of the Golden Vampire, Pressure, GOD, Techno Animal and Ice among others) and has been producing uncompromising music that not only challenges the rules but openly defies the very institutions that impose them. It’s art without structure, without boundaries—a musical objection against the mainstream and commercialism as a whole.
The great Pablo Picasso once said: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” For The Bug, however, he doesn’t just break them, he destroys them, burns them to ground and from their ashes he creates and produces his own brand of defiant music; music that’s not confined to any rules, boundaries or genres.
It’s fluid. It’s uncompromising. It’s the ultimate musical mutation that is ‘The Bug’!