Most people dealing with reggae or jungle knows about the term dubplate, however it is used in a few different ways. To keep it short, a dubplate is the acetate disk cut with a track on it, usually an unreleased tune which the DJ could try out in a show before a release – while a dubplate special became the term for getting a singer or MC to re-voice the song especially for you, so you had something original to play out, or even use in a soundclash. This article is about the latter.
For many years now, dubplate specials have become big business, for studio owners as well as the singers themselves, who have a good way of getting extra income next to shows and releases. Now, if you live in Jamaica, it’s probably easy to walk down to your local studio and make a deal directly with the artists, but for all the soundsystems in Europe, Asia or America, the studio middleman (the “link”) has been the way to go.
A big problem in the dubplate business has been to identify what are “genuine” links – as in who doesn’t steal your money, and who can you trust. Most of these scammers are quickly identified and rooted out of the business. However, one of these well-known scammer links has been at it for over 10 years now, and is still in “business”. I am talking about dubplates.com.
Now this site looks like a regular webshop, and it is being well maintained by the owner (a UK resident named Peter Joyce) – so it appears very legit. However, a quick google search on the site will show you that alot of people have sent money to these people and never got what they asked for. After the first complaints came online around 2003, the owner of the site tried to defend their position. However, after over 10 years of having people reporting theft from dubplates.com, it is getting harder and harder for them to make any valid defense.
Here is just a few mentions from people around the world, on dubplates.com:
Reports from the last few years tell the same story.
How much Peter Joyce is a scammer
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Visit their website for more information.
Don’t believe this can be true? Don’t take my word for it. Make a few quick google searches, or make a keyword search on dancehallreggae.com forums and find out for yourself – just don’t find out by sending your money that way.