Ricky Dread was born and raised in Broadyard, Mt. Salem, Montego Bay. As the fifth child of nine, raised by a single, uneducated mother, life was hard. Despite his father giving the family no financial support, he provided the musical outlet for a lot of people in the neighborhood.
At the age of 13, Ricky Dread, along with two of his older brothers, began hanging out at his father’s house, where his brother Mike played guitar, and his brother Wayne played bass. With two other instruments available, he jumped on the drums. From that moment on music was in his blood. After playing for about a month on the drums he thought about the competition from his two other brothers who were already playing drums, so he switched to the other instrument that his father owned, the organ. He learned his art by listening and practicing hard. The boys then invited Paul Kastick, Benji Myaz and Mark Steal to join them and the band Teen Titans was formed. They subsequently played school functions and parties.
With everyone perfecting their instruments, more established bands would start to recruit the band members. At the age of 16, Ricky Dread landed a gig at the Holiday Inn with the Sixth Revelations band. From that point on his life in Jamaica got easier. Playing in the hotel, he had to play all genres of music and that was when schooling really began. He stayed on the hotel circuit for several years until Hurricane Gilbert happened in 1988.
After the hurricane, the hotel scene was slow in Montego Bay so he went to Negril to play in a band called Indika, which was a whole new experience. The band would not be playing with cover artists but backing the artists that recorded the songs. He played with all the top reggae artists of that time, such as Gregory Isaacs, I-Threes, Mighty Diamonds, and Toots Hibbert, among others. Playing with Indika Band was fun but when his brothers called and asked him to go to America and play with them, he dropped everything and moved to the USA.
RickyDread has played in Bonafide reggae band with his brothers for almost half of his life, touring Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and finally settling on the Las Vegas Strip.
Although he loved to perform, Ricky Dread’s lifelong dream was music production. He has spent the last 10 years working in production including with many of the top Hawaiian artists.
December 2014 “A Reggae Reggae Christmas with Ricky Dread and Friends” was released, followed by the “Don’t Panic” riddim in 2016. He is currently in the studio working on several different projects, one of them being an instrumental album due to be released early 2019.
Ricky spends a lot of time working on engineering and production for other artists so life is never quiet for this talented producer.
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