Behind The Scenes with former Island Jamaica manager Neil Robertson

A look behind the scenes with Neil Robertson, a music industry exec. from the golden era of reggae and hip-hop.

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Neil Robertson worked behind the scenes as an A&R for Island Records. He was also a label manager and marketer for Island Jamaica. Neil was in the boardrooms and studios working with Beenie Man and Luciano. Later, as an artist manager, he toured with some of the best in the business, made deals, negotiated, and influenced.

Born and raised in NYC, Neil currently curates the music program at Alley Cat Amateur Theatre at The Beekman Hotel. He also handles DJ programming at The Seaport District/Pier 17 for Howard Hughes Corp and Pier A Harbor House for HPH Hospitality.

Behind the Scenes Highlights

  • A&R for Island Records, Gee Street, and Richard Branson’s re-entry into the music business, V2.
  • Worked on RZA’s “Bobby Digital In Stereo GOLD,” “Wu-Tang Forever,” and Gravediggaz “The Pick, The Sickle & The Shovel.”
  • Worked on DJ Premier’s “Afu-Ra Body Of The Life Force.”
  • Helped usher in a new era of Reggae and re-establish Island as the premiere Reggae label in the world.
  • Launched the careers of Beenie Man (Slam/Maestro), and Luciano (Where There Is Life, The Messenger).
  • Launched Sizzla’s “Praise Ye Jah” as an independent release.
  • Gold single for the Senseless soundtrack “Movin On Up” featuring Prince Be, John Forte, and Ky-mani Marley.
  • Toured the extensively in the hip hop world as a manager for Afu-Ra.
  • Toured the world establishing Ky-mani Marley, Specialist Dillon, Rootz Underground, and Jesse Royal.
  • Produced the “I&I Survived” album with the infamous punk rock band, the Bad Brains.
  • Production work on Stone Love’s classic album, “Champion Sound Vol. 1.
  • Managed Tessanne Chin (winner of The Voice) and Jesse Royal.
  • Consulted VP Records, producing live events including Puma events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
  • Produced 4 shows during the 2012 Olympics with AEG at the O2 Indigo.
  • Currently, curates and DJs live events at Alley Cat Amateur Theatre.

Tastemaker

  • Hezron – Resilient. Music for the soundtrack of the revolution.
  • Kabaka Pyramid’s new single Energy on the Divine Majesty Riddim. Great follow up to Babylon Fallin, which was a tastemaker selection a couple of weeks ago.
  • Divine Majesty riddim compilation. Features Kabaka Pyramid, Chronic Law, T’Jean, Royal Blu, Runkus, and more. On Israel records, produced by Sonovik.

Soundclash Update

  • Team Torment Locked and Loaded
  • Once again, Poison Dart @SoundManLinkUp
Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall. Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present #RubADubATL every 2nd Sunday. This uniquely flavorful international retro reggae celebration in Atlanta is the premier platform for showcasing, promoting and sharing the vibrancy and variety of reggae culture and music with a broader audience. Sounds by: ~Highlanda Sound ~DJ Passport

The last RUB-A-DUB ATL of the year is this Sunday

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Join us on Sunday, December 11th for the 2016 grand finale and an entertaining evening of reggae music, culture, cocktails and great Jamaican food.

Pre-sale TICKETS.

Come out early for a taste of the Caribbean buffet by Webba’s Jerk Hut (404) 246-0709.

Enjoy $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Strip until 10pm along with many other drink specials all night.

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Come party with us as we celebrate the holiday season and the birthday of Shooks Slr.

Ladies, Come Early To Party and enjoy complimentary admission until 9:30pm.

Admission – Free Before 9:30pm for Queens | $5 Online in advance | $10 Regular all night at the door.

Rub A Dub (Second Sundays in ATL @ WildPitch Music Hall)

Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

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Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present #RubADubATL every 2nd Sunday. This uniquely flavorful international retro reggae celebration in Atlanta is the premier platform for showcasing, promoting and sharing the vibrancy and variety of reggae culture and music with a broader audience.

Sounds by:
Highlanda Sound
DJ Passport

Guest DJs:
Funkregulata Celo of 456 Sound
Empress Movements with selector Tach Lovinglife

Dress Code: Comfortable & Classy.

Age Limit (21): Mature clientele only.

Come early for great food & drink specials: (8pm – 10:00pm)

Parking is available for $5 directly across the street at 248 Trinity Ave.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

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7 Things You’ve Missed If You Haven’t Been To #RocksteadyATL

Many people are calling Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen’s monthly roots reggae event, Rocksteady ATL, the most anticipated monthly underground music nightlife option.  This dance party takes place on first Friday of each month and has been running consistently for over 1 year.

The current location is Studio No. 7, a beautiful lounge/gallery nestled into the heart of downtown Atlanta at 393 Marietta Street.  Each month, DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound are bolstered by different guest DJs, artists, hosts, and live musicians to take part in a retro reggae celebration that aims to keep roots and culture music in the dancehall.

If you have not ventured downtown on a 1st Friday for Rocksteady ATL, here is merely a short-list of what you have missed.

Roots. Rock. Dreggae. plus DJ •SOUND ENGINEER •MUSIC PRODUCER Shane Talon

Dreggae is very excited about the global reggae phenomena taking hold in his city [#RocksteadyATL]. Catch him live on the First Friday in March at Studio No. 7.

 1. You missed Dreggae’s up close and personal show.

Dreggae in on stage at #RocksteadyATL, August 2015

Dreggae in on stage at #RocksteadyATL, 2015

Dreggae has blessed Rocksteady ATL with intimate performances inna Rub-a-Dub style.  He highlighted his more traditional reggae, dub and lovers rock catalog to the delight of his fans and rode some of dancehall’s iconic riddims skillfully.  Don’t miss your next chance to see Dreggae live at Rocksteady ATL with his DJ, Shane Talon on Friday, March 4th, 2016.

2. Your Love Affair with 1990’s Reggae.

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You're in love with 1990s reggae - admit it!  You have fond memories of being at parties and hearing Buju, Shabba, Supercat, and Beres played out at length which necessitated a proper slow wine segment, dance partner or not.  The soundtrack of the night at Rocksteady ATL typically includes 1990's Reggae Music, Top Songs and Riddims from the Dancehall, especially the one drop anthems.

3. Truths and rights from the dancehall veteran, Ken Serious!

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Ken Serious chanting conscious lyrics at #RocksteadyATL

Based in Atlanta, there is an original dancehall DJ along the lines of Supercat, Josey Wales, Nicodemus, and Charlie Chaplin that first recorded during the 1980’s dancehall golden era and performed on one of the most technologically advanced and star studded sound systems of the day in Kingston, the mighty Stur Mars.  In addition to a powerful showing in November 2015 at Glory Inna Rub-a-Dub Style with King Stur Gav in Decatur, GA., Ken Serious has endorsed #RocksteadyATL and has there performed on Highlanda Sound.

4. DJ’s using real turntables and spinning real vinyl.

 

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World-class roots master Aba Shaka

This is  a real classic event so it would only be fitting to employ a pair of the classic Technics 1200 turntables that were the DJ industry standard for 50 years.  If you missed the crucial selection of international vinyl roots master selector Aba Shaka (Cosmic Love Beat) when he passed through the area, definitely make sure to catch him live in effect again on Friday, April 1, 2016 spinning all vinyl 45’s, dubplates and LP’s alongside former Metro Media star selector Webba!

5. The Bob Marley Tribute and Aquarius Birthday Bash

A BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE and birthday celebration for Mr & Mrs Kahlil Wonda and ĀGARD DJs: Highlanda Sound, DJ Passport, ĀGARD, and Jah Prince Live Reggae: BRAP Band Performance by Ken Serious February 5th 2016 Studio No. 7 393 Marietta St. Atlanta 30313

2016 BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE and birthday celebration for Mr & Mrs Kahlil Wonda and ĀGARD

Celebrating reggae culture and the positive messages that it spreads are at the heart of #RocksteadyATL and their annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash presents a culmination of elements to stimulate the senses.  From the top notch DJ lineup to the live reggae musicians and performers, patrons are treated to a hand-picked assortment of sights, sounds, and flavors that make it a memorable and authentic experience.

6. Isis Swaby, daughter of Horace “AUGUSTUS PABLO” Swaby.

 

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Isis Swaby being interviewed in ATL by Morets TV

Also featured at #RocksteadyATL, our special guest DJ, Rockers International and Radio Kangol representative out of NYC, Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby.

7. Selections from Studio One, King Jammys, Volcano, Treasure Isle…

 

Tribute to Studio One: Reggae Vault Classics

Pictured: Coxsone Dodd, founder and producer at Studio One

#RocksteadyATL promotes styles of music once played at Skateland, Rae Town, and The Biltmore Ballroom.  This is the nightlife option for supporters of events such as Dubwise Jamaica,  Rebel Salute, Downtown Top Ranking, Reggae Retro, 1996, and Sattama Reggae Sundays.  Looking for happenings where hits from foundation labels like Studio One, Techniques, Tuff Gong, Penthouse, Witty’s, or Wackies can be heard?  How about some of Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Chronixx, Morgan Heritage or Sister Nancy’s music?  Well this is your event and you’ve been missing out.