International Observer

International Observer

Real Name:
Tom Bailey
The perpetrator of the International Observer experience is keyboardist, songwriter and producer Tom Bailey.

Following the extraordinary success of his post-punk synth-pop group The Thompson Twins, production and writing work for the likes of Deborah Harry, and the ambient techno of his Babble project, Tom Bailey was lured to the exotic climes of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

New Zealand culture has a long history of appreciation for reggae and dub, along with more recent blends like hip hop. This, along with NZ’s balmy climes, created the perfect inspiration for Tom’s exploration of the dub artform he had deeply loved since the seething post-punk infatuation of the music in the late 70s. Together with sparring partner Rakai, Tom initiated International Observer, a sound system that quietly infiltrated various Auckland events over years, creating a legendary reputation for marathon five-hour sets of exquisitely-crafted slo-mo dubscapes.


International Observer Discography Tracks


International Observer Seen (Album) Different Drummer New Zealand 2001 Sell This Version
RTM2007 International Observer All Played Out(CD, Album) Round Trip Mars RTM2007 New Zealand 2005 Sell This Version
CDDUBM008, cd dm 008 International Observer Heard(CD, Album) Dubmission Records, Dubmission Records CDDUBM008, cd dm 008 UK 2007 Sell This Version
International Observer Felt (Album) Dubmission Records UK 2009 Sell This Version
International Observer Touched (Album) Dubmission Records UK 2014 Sell This Version
International Observer Retouched (Album) Dubmission Records UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

International Observer Seen EP Different Drummer UK 2002 Sell This Version
SYN012 Otautahi Allstars / International Observer Otautahi Allstars / International Observer - Shot, We Know(7") Syncline SYN012 New Zealand 2002 Sell This Version
CDDUBM015.1 International Observer At The Coronation(3xFile, MP3, EP) Dubmission Records CDDUBM015.1 New Zealand 2009
CDDUBM015.2 International Observer House Of The Rising Dub(3xFile, FLAC, EP) Dubmission Records CDDUBM015.2 UK 2009
CDDUBM015.3 International Observer Popcorn Slavery EP(3xFile, FLAC, EP) Dubmission Records CDDUBM015.3 UK 2010
CDDUBM026 International Observer From The Dungeons Of Dub(5xFile, FLAC, EP) Dubmission Records CDDUBM026 UK 2010
CDDUBM033 International Observer More Tales From The Dungeons Of Dub(5xFile, FLAC, EP) Dubmission Records CDDUBM033 UK 2013
none International Observer Come So Far(2xFile, FLAC, Single) Not On Label (International Observer Self-released) none UK & Europe 2016
International Observer Escape from the Dungeons of Dub (EP) Dubmission Records UK 2017