Salmonella Dub

Dub/Drum n Bass/Reggae/Roots band Salmonella Dub was formed in 1992 by friends Andrew Penman, David Deakins, and Mark Tyler as a covers group which did bent dub versions of bad taste music. However they soon developed their own original material.

Conan Wilcox and Pete Wood joined in 1994 providing a horn section. Tiki Taane became their engineer in 1996, and later their lead vocalist. In 2007 Taane left to follow a solo career.

Chart and industry successes

Their first album Salmonella Dub was self-produced and came out in 1994. By 2001 their remix album Inside the Dubplates had made platinum sales and was number one in New Zealand charts. In 2007 Heal Me also went platinum.

The group won New Zealand Music Awards Top Group in 2002 for Inside the DubPlates, then best Dance/Electronica Album in 2004 for One Drop East.

Long-time manager Andrew Penman works from Kaikoura, where the band have recorded some of their albums. He also runs their production company Dub Conspiracy, which Penman describes as facilitating people working together rather than as a money-making venture. It releases other people’s records, helps organise tours and runs the successful Kaikoura Roots Festival.

They have toured widely, particularly in Australasia, but also England, Ireland and Europe. In 2008 they toured New Zealand with the NZSO which resulted in the album Feel the Seasons Change featuring guests including Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns.

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April 2010