Roots Attack is a french collective created in 2010 by Jérémie “Jeh Jeh” Clergue, operating from his own recording studio: the Honey Studio. After over 10 years as a musician (guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and composition), Jeh launches into music production, aiming to develop a roots sound inspired by the golden age of jamaican reggae. After many records of rythm tracks in the studio, the idea cames to produce an album.
Meeting Winston Mc Anuff and then Leroy Brown was decisive. The two veterans wrote fine lyrics on some of the riddims freshly recorded. Next meeeting with Easton Clarke and Nereus Joseph brilliantly complement the project « Showcase Volume 1 ».
In 2012 I Fi joined Roots Attack. On the strength of its experience with Hi Fi Experience (sound operator, rythm maker and producer since 2005), it is yet his DJ skills (in the jamaican sense, equivalent of MC) he brings to the collective. His typical “rub a dub style” perfectly fits on Roots Attack’s productions and seals the list of singers on the album, Jeh punctuating the album with dub versions.
The collective extended in 2015 and the Roots Attack label finally came to life as a medium to ensure complete independant musical productions. The “Showcase Volume 1” LP (april 2016) constitutes its first release. Many productions are still in production: a 12inch release (starring The Viceroys, Sista Jahan … ), a one-riddim album, a EP series (I Fi, Twan Tee) and much more.
Simultaneously I Fi & Jeh set up the Roots Attack sound system. Selecting maxis, LPs and 7” records, they evolve through ska from the 60’s, roots reggae from the 70’s, digitals from the 80’s and current stepper dub. They also play their own productions featuring reggae legends (The Viceroys, Winston McAnuff, Vernon Maytone…) and young local singers (Twan Tee, Sista Jahan, Junior Roy…). In 2016 they built their own system, truthfull to the jamaican and english sound system tradition.
They drive their live session in a dynamic way, drawing its strenght from the roots of reggae music and its strong values such as respect, spiritual uplifment and universal love.
100% independant, 100% Roots & Culture! That’s Roots Attack!
“Roots Attack ‘pon the bloc
Reggae music to make you rock”