Before departing for a tour in Europe, I gave The Black Seeds Rootfire t-shirts as farewell gifts. A few weeks later a student in Germany saw one of the band members wearing the shirt in Munich and wrote me an email asking if I would send him one.… Read More
“The reggae/rock genre has been encouraging of my [photography] efforts, and my level of comfort with many bands has reached the point where I consider many my big brothers. My time with them has enabled me to build a hearty
photography portfolio, which has led to other artistic opportunities including a spot on the Warped Tour (2011-2013)”. … Read More
The music video for the single Push On Thru features a 1993 Saab 900 cruising on snowy rural roads in the New Zealand countryside. Listen to album + watch.
I could relate to the way the video showed winter’s sky, farm animals on dirt roads, and music blasting out rolled down windows down with the heat turned up.… Read More
Canadian producer iLL Gates gives an inspiring talk about how to start and finish your recording projects. He shares his thoughts on productive habits including journal writing, drinking coffee, and why you should ditch the latest software in favor of a pen, piece of paper, and pair of scissors. … Read More
I was in love with Saadi’s EP Take It Easy way half way through the second song.
I first heard Saadi during a Rootmusic training video showcasing promotional features for the popular facebook bandpage.
A few days later Erin (my girlfriend, roommate, lover) and I invited friends to our apartment for a listening party.… Read More
Last June I listened to this 2001 album from the German band SEEED for 3 hours straight while driving home from Bonnaroo. I am happy to present ‘New Dubby Conquerors’ from SEEED as our #ThrowbackThursday album of the week.
…. could it get much better than this?… Read More
Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister receive credit as being the pioneers of Downtempo music.
In 1996, as part of its ongoing DJ-Kicks series, Berlin based label !K7 put out what was to become one of their best known albums- DJ-Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister.… Read More
I discovered Reggae Regular’s 1984 album Ghetto Rock at Deep Groove in Richmond, VA.
Ghetto Rock features everything that I enjoy about UK reggae- vocal harmonies, the occasional synth stab, and a deep riddim section. With the exception of Marco Benevento’s, Between the Needles and Nightfall I have listened to this LP more than any other album this summer.… Read More
When emailing a band’s management for the first time, you only have a few chances to get our attention. Mess that up, and your email is lost.
Below is a list of common mistakes and pet peeves from years of receiving emails, along with suggestions for ways to improve your communication to people you do not already know.… Read More