Rob’s musical career started in Bristol in the eigthy´s - based on his love for dub and reggae he played rhythm guitar for a local reggae band and started performing gigs for the likes of Mark Stewart, Aswad and Sugar Minot as well as producing singles with "The Mad Professor" at Ariwa Studios. 1985 he met up with Ray Mighty - discovering their similar interest in music the duo began producing their own sound - based on hip hop beats, dub reggae treatments and sixties melodies. 1987 the first single "Anyone" came out on their own label - Three Stripe Records. After a follow up underground hit ‘Walk On By’, The pair took on a string of productions including Massive Attack’s debut single ’Any Love’, and top ten hit ’Wishing on a star’ for ’The Fresh Four’ (who’s members included the young DJ’s Krust and Suv).
Smith and Mighty continued to produce, remix and DJ across the world and worked with Neneh Cherry and Fine Young Cannibals amongst others before they left London in 1994. The `Steppers Delight EP’, anticipated the `Jungle/Drum and Bass’ scene and kept S&M’s reputation riding high. They founded their own `More Rockers’ label and set the standards even higher with the `Bass is Maternal’ album. Rob and Ray then provided K7 with a DJ kicks album and signed to the German Label for a series of Smith and Mighty albums. With Rob and Peter D Rose also linking up in the drum and bass act More Rockers the 1990s were a hectic and busy period. Rob Smith has then entered a new phase in his recording career and has released his debut `solo’ album on Manchester’s Grand Central Records. `Up on the Downs’ has all the elements of classic Bristolian creativity. There are collaborations with a range of vocalists who provide gorgeous compliments to Rob´s compositions. Rob Smith has consistently championed the independent and has always produced music that speaks to the emotions as well as to the dance floor crowd. His passion with bass and dub treatments has been evident throughout. From Smith and Mighty productions like ‘Bass Is Maternal’, the dub fuelled drum and bass sounds of ‘More Rockers’, his collaboration with ’Henry And Louis’ as ’Blue And Red’, solo albums for Grand Central Records and Rush Production (Japan), and more recently with the RSD imprint. Currently DJ’ing all over the world, from London’s ‘Fabric’ & ‘FWD’ to Tokyo’s ‘Unit’, Rob has also been busy making remixes for Zion Train, UB40, DJ Pinch, Antennasia (Japan), Lee Scratch Perry, Dr Meaker, Evergreen & Landlord, as well as playing guitar with Bristol ten piece band ‘Dub From Atlantis’.
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