“Mad Riddim is a genre busting, mash-up making, drum and bass led groove machine that mixes classic dub with the attitude of funk and the improvisation of jazz.”
Mad Riddim Bio
Mad Riddim is a mash-up making, drum and bass led groove machine, mixing classic dub sensibilities with the attitude of funk and the improvisational qualities of jazz. Formed in Vancouver BC by drummer Richard Brown a.k.a Rb Drums and bassist Matt Reid, Mad Riddim is founded on an intuitive musical connection and a shared vision of pushing the traditional boundaries of a rhythm section.
Meeting on stage in 2007, Brown and Reid developed a quick chemistry and began working regularly with artists based out of Vancouver, Toronto and Jamaica. As two of Vancouver’s favourite rhythm section players the pair have performed together and individually with a diverse group of acclaimed artists (including Luciano, Tanya Stephens, Wanting Q, Willie Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Jesse Roper and Tasha T among others) and have served as musical directors for Juno Award winning artist Elaine ‘Lil Bit’ Shepherd for many years.
Mad Riddim is a vehicle for exploring new musical collaborations from drum and bass- centric perspectives, and as such, the live shows feature a who’s who of talented west coast instrumentalists and vocalists. Performing in support of Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Commodore Ballroom and backing reggae legend Luciano capped off what was a successful run of performances for the band throughout 2016. Mad Riddim looks forward to the online release of the single “Higher Dub” (mixed by Toronto’s Jeffrey “Luge” Holdip and featuring Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd) in February 2017 and is currently working on their debut album, set for completion in the summer of 2017.