Last week saw the passing of Jamaican dancehall producer, Robert â€œBobby Digitalâ€ Dixon. At the age of 59, Robert had been struggling with a kidney-related illness which he eventually succumbed to.
Born in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Bobby Digital started in the music business as an audio engineer. He learnt his trade from engineer/producer Lloyd “King Jammy” James. With a new style and sound, Bobby came to prominence in the 1980s/90s where he had much success producing for top and emerging artists such as Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Cocoa Tea and Silk Garnet and Riche Spice. His producing talents were not limited to dancehall as he left a mark in roots reggae and lovers rock. Through his success, Bobby Digital was able to form his own sound system Heatwave. Shortly after that, he started his own record label Digital B Records which still exists today.
Bobby Digitalâ€™s musical exploits will be felt for years to come throughout the Caribbean and world. Most of the top artists who made an impact in the industry started off with Bobby with albums such as Black Woman and Child and Protect Us Jah from Sizzla and Morgan Heritage respectively making the big time.
Condolences from the musical fraternity have littered social media as everyone is showing how much Bobby impacted their career. His absence will be felt both in his community and the musical space.
Bobby is survived by his wife Merva, three children and two grandchildren. Rest in Peace Robert â€œBobby Digitalâ€ Dixon, you will be truly missed. Bobby laid down a foundation which we all benefit from. The profession of sound engineering and production is often overlooked but real music lovers can really appreciate. Riddimsworld salutes you Bobby and our deepest condolences to your family.
Check out some of his most iconic productions from the past 30 years which can give you a glimpse of what he was all about.