Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s studio destroyed in fire after he leaves candle burning

Dub pioneer's 'secret laboratory' ruined following the incident

The studio belonging to dub pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has burned down in a fire after the Jamaican music producer left a candle lit.

“My whole secret laboratory burned out,” Perry wrote on Facebook following the fire at his studio in Switzerland.

Perry continued to state that the studio contained his “whole life collections” including musical equipment and stage outfits. “I am so sad and my wife is so mad,” he continued.


Perry went on to ask fans to send him “perfect things” that he can wear and use at live shows. He offered guestlist and backstage access in return.

See photos from the fire above and below.

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NMEFacebook/Lee Scratch Perry

Earlier this year Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s single with XL Recordings founder Richard Russell was made available to purchase by bartering with the label.


Russell said: “If you wish to obtain a copy, we do not require payment but are instead using a system of barter. Simply make something you wish to swap, and send it to Residence La Revolution, PO Box 68452 London W11 9EZ, and you will be sent a hand-painted 12-inch in return. While stocks last.”

Russell appeared on BBC Radio 4 to reveal that he has so far received paintings, a 3D-printed golden pegasus and a handmade music box that plays the track in question. “You can’t expect everything to be of [that] level of technical brilliance and imagination, and I don’t,” Russell said.

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