MIKEY DREAD, known as The Dread at the Controls, is one of the most influential performers and innovators in reggae music. MIKEY DREAD, as well as being a reggae artist and producer with International recognition may best be known as the pioneer of reggae broadcasting worldwide beginning in his hometown of Port Antonio, Jamaica as selector/DJ for his sound systems, Safari and Sounds of Music, he graduated from Jamaica's College of Arts, Science and Technology before taking his landmark job at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) radio and television network in 1976. It was here he developed his Dread At The Controls label and trademark.
His production expertise has helped launched many artists, from Earl 16, Edi Fitzroy, Rod Taylor,Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin and the Roots Radics Band to the Clash, Japanese rock band Anarchy , Izzy Stradlin(ex Guns N' Roses) Six years ago, he produced songs on Izzy Stradlin and The Ju Ju Hounds, the first album from Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin.and stretches through the late 70's into the 80's.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Mikeys résumé grew to enviable proportions. In addition to his work with The Clash, he recorded with UB40 and helped produce the well-received Deep Roots documentary on Jamaican music for Channel Four TV in the United Kingdom.
Most recently MIKEY has collaborated with Seal on a song titled "Lips like Sugar" for the soundtrack of the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie "50 First Dates"
Mikey is currently touring and promoting his recent release "Rasta in Control" This 18 track set has once again proven that Mikey Dread is still in Control. Many have commented that this is probably Mikey's best work ever and well worth the wait!