Dub Gnostic

Real Name:
Dave Bodrug
A play on the word agnostic, the music of dub gnostic aligns itself with the ethos of dub reggae production techniques, but applies this ethos to the genres of house and techno. Hence, he's not entirely sure if it’s a dub. Resistant to sub-generic catagorizations, he has been said to play any and all manner of house and techno: progressive, deep, minimal, electro-house, tech-house, dubstep and machinefunk.
His influences derive from his youth in London, where Plus 8 Records was situated in the early 1990's. London was also conveniently situated between the techno movement in Detroit and Toronto's burgeoning Jungle scene. Throughout the nineties, dub gnostic worked with several of Canada's pioneering figures and production houses. These include Destiny Productions, Transcendance, Alien Visitation (who produce Toronto's Harvest Festival under Alien InFlux), Moontribe (Toronto) and STC (Vancouver).
In 1997, he relocated to coastal British Columbia with the mandate to develop the minimalist house and techno sounds that had become established through Toronto artists like Mike Shannon, Jeff Milligan and Jeremy Caulfield. It was in Vancouver, that he paired with Tobias c. Van Veen and established Technowest.org - an online info-resource (an off-shoot of techno.ca) and one-time booking agency for artists such as Sutekh, Ben Nevile, Fishead, Forest Green and Jon Delerious. Another product of their collaboration was the New Moon series. This series brought Art and Activism together in public space installation / protests that sought to consolidate the right to free association by means of conviviality and art. It was also in Vancouver that he became acting manager for the first West Coast Canadian techno imprint "Bug Girl Sound".
In 2000, his work as promotions/production director at Neptune Soundbar in Victoria, set the bar for the possibilities in West Coast club culture. With a 3000 W monitor system (including dedicated sub-bass) and a 28000 W in-front-of-house PA, this intimate venue (capacity 210) was a treat to play for everyone from DJ Heather to Ricardo Villalobos. It was also at Neptune that the careers of Cobblestone Jazz and Adham Shaikh became cemented in the region as in-house residencies permitted the opportunity to experiment and develop.
In addition to his own contributions to the nightclub industry, dub gnostic had by this point DJ'd for legendary Canadian venues such as Toronto's Industry Nightclub, and Vancouver's Lotus Lounge and Sonar Nightclubs. It was also in 2000, that he first performed on Texeda Island, at a beach party that would soon become the Diversity Festival (where performed several times in subsequent years). In autumn 2000, he recorded "Creston Blue" with Ben Nevile (telegraph, cycling 74) which was released in 2001 on Mosaic Records out of the UK.
After a brief stint in Edinburgh, Scotland, he returned to London to concentrate on academics (Cultural History) and focused his musical interests in a regular radio show, Future Theories, which he co-hosted with DJ Nitin (No. 19 Music, Toronto) from 2001 through 2005. Having returned to BC in 2005, presently in Victoria, he’s appeared on the festival circuit and select bookings in British Columbia and Washington State. His most recent residencies include the “Convivial” series at Whitebird Lounge and the “Rhizomes” radio show on Victoria’s CFUV Radio. He is currently working with Chris Rozek (Revolver Records Canada) on dubstep and techno tracks, some of which appear on his Soundcloud site.


none Dub Gnostic - Blood album art Dub Gnostic Blood(Cass) Not On Label none Canada 1999 Sell This Version