Bolloten's musical career began when he was living in Edinburgh, Scotland and taught himself to play guitar in 1978 at the age of 13 and formed his first punk band. After 3 concerts, he decided that being a guitarist in a band was not for him and he retired from that aspect of the music business. He moved to Bradford in 1983. He worked for over two years in the local Roots Record Shop, where he began to be known as 'Rootsman'.
Starting off making roots reggae in 1985, he began to incorporate African, Middle Eastern, Asian, trip hop and electronic dance music elements into his experimental dub music. In the mid-1990s, he started his own Third Eye label, and went on to work with artists such as Muslimgauze, Alex Paterson, Soulfly, Junior Delgado, and Dub Syndicate. In the late 1990s, Bolloten converted to Islam, and his music took on an increasingly spiritual quality.
Tags: Electronic, Experimental, Dub, reggae,Sample, Arabic, UK
Discography (Akuphone Only)
- "Essentials 1996-1998" (LP/CDR/DL AKU1030)