Barry Ashworth

Dub Pistols

Larger than life and media savvy with a constantly buzzing demeanour that makes for highly engaging company, we are proud to represent the iconic Barry Ashworth, a ‘summer of love’ original alongside electronic music contemporaries Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling.

From being a promising schoolboy footballer, Barry went to Ibiza at the same time as the UK dance scene’s ‘founding fathers’ and it changed his life. He started promoting club events, and soon began indie-dance band Déjà Vu who were contemporaries of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

By the mid-90s he was DJing and had started the act that he remains the lynchpin of to this day – the infamous Dub Pistols. The name captures the essence of Barry and the band’s music – punk ethics with a dub mentality – and they initially made waves with their ‘Point Blank’ album in the late 90s big beat scene that spawned Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, and the Chemical Brothers.

The Dubs then signed to Sunday Best Records, the label run by BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank – of Bestival fame. The ‘Speakers & Tweeters’ album saw them again collaborate with Terry Hall from The Specials on a number of tracks, including a version of seminal Specials song ‘Gangsters’ that they started playing out live.