The likes of David Rodigan, DJ Storm and Doc Scott have paid tribute to the late dubplate cutting engineer.
Leon Chue, dubplate cutting specialist at London’s Music House, has died. His passing was confirmed this week.
Chue began working at Music House, the pressing and mastering studio helmed by his father, back in 1995. At the time, Music House was based in Holloway Road, though these days you can find it in Tottenham Hale.
The studio would play an instrumental role in UK dubplate culture, with both Chue and the studio respected by artists and label from the jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, garage and reggae scenes.
Chue is the son of roots reggae artist Paul Chue. His brother is the UK garage trailblazer Wookie.
Labels like Butterz and Local Action, plus artists like David Rodigan, Doc Scott, DJ Storm and DJ Flight, have paid tribute to Chue across social media. In his Twitter post, Rodigan called Chue the “master dub plate cutting engineer”.
You can watch an interview with Chue from 2015 below and read a selection of Twitter tribute posts.
So saddened to learn of the passing of Leon Chue the master dub plate cutting engineer at Music House London since the mid 90s ..his quiet, reserved demeanour and devotion to his craft was something to behold. Heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP Leon. pic.twitter.com/ZDaA6oAcga
— David Rodigan (@DavidRodigan) December 1, 2020
So very sad to hear the news of the passing of Leon Chue today .A truly amazing human being I feel lucky to have spent so many hours at Music House with this man , at the controls cutting dub plates .Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/i0SgOdX0vO
— djstorm (@djstormdnb) December 1, 2020
This is very sad, Leon always used to go out his way to help me, sometimes driving 40 plus minutes (in his sick beamer) to meet me with dubs for raves the same night or next day. Lovely guy, RIP Leon 😞 https://t.co/yvRh8HoOG9
— RIZ LA TEEF (@RIZLATEEF111) December 1, 2020
Rest easy Leon Chue. 💔
Today is a terribly sad day. You were always kind, polite, a true professional and a beautiful person to be around and I am deeply saddened by todays news. All my love to your family and close friends, a tragic loss, gone way too soon.
— Doc Scott (@docscott31) December 1, 2020
RIP Leon. Thank you
— Butterz (@Butterz) December 1, 2020
Leon mastered a bunch of our early releases — fond memories of driving to Music House and leaving with a car full of records and a ton of stories. R.I.P. https://t.co/R7H0RVQ0PQ
— Local Action (@localactionrec) December 1, 2020
this is too much, I don’t even know what to say or do right now… the Chue family played such an important part in UK music and sound system culture, this loss will be felt by many 😭💔 Rest in Power, Leon. much love & strength to the family 🖤 https://t.co/FriExII8rT
— DJ Flight (@DJFlight) December 1, 2020