Neil Perch is the founder member of Zion Train Sound system and the owner and administrator of the Universal Egg, Deep Root and Category One record labels. He also owns and runs the Abassi Hi Power sound system. He has been performing, blowing some minds and pumping up the bass worldwide for over 14 years

Remix, production and writing credits include, Gentleman, UB40 (‘Homegrown’ album 2003), Luciano, Robert Miles, Chumbawamba, Rootsman, Afro-Celt Sound System, Dub Syndicate, The Shamen, Ozric Tentacles, Gary Clail, Junior Reid, Coil, Maxi Priest, New Model Army and loads of others... Neil has also been involved in magazines, CD Roms, websites, Sound Systems and book publishing, and has also contributed six songs to the soundtrack of Antonio Boccola’s film ‘Fame Chimica’.

Neil plays as dubmaster and electronics controller in both the Zion Train band and sound system shows. He djs dub and roots both with and without the amazing Abassi Hi Power sound system.

Zion Train are Dub/Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for more than 15 years. The band were heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture during the 90s as well as being purveyors of the finest Roots Reggae music throughout this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts in the world and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform alongside acoustic instruments and the best live vocalists.

The band was founded by Perch (live dub mixing/production), in 1990 and he was later joined by Cod (melodica/production), Tench (production), Molara (voice), Hake (trumpet), and Forkbeard (trombone). Between 2001 and 2005 Dubdadda added extra live vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard on trombone in 2001. The live line-up has always been very flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to the full lineup for larger events.

From 2006 Molara will concentrate on her solo projects and Zion Train live will feature a variety of renowned vocalists including Brother Culture and Kenny Knots alongside Earl 16 and Tippa Irie.

Zion Trains early releases were on their own Universal Egg label until, in 1995, they signed to China Records. They released the worlds first promotional dub music video for the Get Ready single and caused a furore with the publicity campaign for their ‘Homegrown Fantasy’ album. Back on their own Universal Egg label since 1999, they have continued to release quality dub, electronica and world dance music. Their work from the past decade and a half still sounds fresh to todays discerning ears.

2005 saw the remastered reissue of the bands seminal and long unavailable first and second albums; A Passage To Indica and Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub.

2006 will see the re-release of the third album Siren, which was thought by many to herald the birth of the dub-dance vibe that swept the globe in the 1990s. A new album entitled ‘Live As One’ was released in September 2007 to great critical acclaim and was showcased in a 20 nation world tour. This album won the 2008 Jamaican Recording Industry Grammy for ‘Best Dub Album’. A ‘Live As One’ remix album is the next project that the train are embarking upon- watch this space.


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