Fresh vibes from Jamie Roberts
For almost 20 years beginning in the late 1980s, Patrick Roberts' Shocking Vibes label was, arguably, the top production company in dancehall music.
Roberts' son Jamie is carrying the torch ignited by his father. The 22-year-old began producing in 2006 when he started the Young Vibez label based at Shocking Vibes' former offices at Springvale Avenue in St Andrew.
The younger Roberts said his father's track record as a producer influenced him to get into music production.
"From a very young age I was introduced to music. Being around my father's studio got me more involved. My father worked hard and this was evident in the success he achieved," he told Splash. "That alone gave me the driving force to pursue music production."
Like his father, Roberts grew up in the Craig Town area of Kingston 12. He attended King's Gate Preparatory then Vaz Preparatory before completing his studies at Wolmer's Boy's School.
Roberts did not receive any formal training in music production.
"I asked questions when the need arose," he explained.
Some of the projects Roberts has released include the Mad Vibez, Hand Full, New Era, So Bad, Bad Behaviour and Top Soil rhythms.
His most recent production is the Reservoir rhythm. In addition he has worked with top artistes including Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Laden, Bugle, Konshens, I Octane, Tommy Lee, Richie Spice, Vybrant, and Lutan Fyah.