Jamaican record jockeys and rivals Clement Dodd and Duke Reid began recording local artists in the 1950s. Dodd is widely credited with developing and popularizing skates, reggae’s direct predecessor; he was the first black studio owner in Jamaica.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, an employee of Dodd, broke out to become a producer in his own right. Perry helped develop two of Reggae’s important styles: roots, which slowed the shooter to a crawl and stud, which used echoed sounds and vocals to create a spooky atmosphere.
Musicians-turned-producers like Sly & amp; Robbie and Jah Thomas helped the reggae industry to new styles such as ragga and dancehall.
How reggae was produced in the 1960s and 1970s influenced artists and producers in other genres. Rock and avant-garde record producers such as Bill Laswell and Brian Eno used reggae production techniques in the studio.
Reggae production has adapted hip-hop influences, resulting in international hit songs for artists such as Sean Paul. Lines between reggae and rhythm and blues and rap continue to be blurred by innovative reggae producers. Reggae music began in Jamaica, when artists heard New Orleans jazz over transistor radios, then slowed down to suit the warm island climate. The reggae producers were as famous as the musicians themselves; crossover from just playing reggae to producing it was common in the eulogy Jamaican music scene.