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Soul Rebel Project to Release New Album ‘Inspiration’

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Gloucester, MA based rock-reggae quartet Soul Rebel Project have kept a tight ship since their founding in 2010, promoting their live show and positive music across the greater Boston area and beyond. The Caribbean inspired up-and-coming group are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming third studio album Inspiration via VP Records – the album is expected to drop March 23rd.

Soul Rebel Project began their musical journey eight years ago, and have often cited their music is a cross between Collie Buddz, Rebelution and Matisyahu. Across the course of their many live performances,Soul-Rebel-Project-Inspiration they’ve shared the stage with Sean Paul, Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, Lee Scratch Perry and more. But SRP is set to break new ground in their journey and have set their sights on the release and success on their next album Inspiration.

The album is expected to feature 11 tracks, with an overarching theme of what they describe to The Pier as “love, unity and solidarity.” The record was recorded in Rowley, MA at Phillips Studio.

Here’s what the group shared with The Pier: “The production value and effort put into this album is something we are very proud of. The writing on this album expresses the varying styles of all the members and captures our sound very well. Our core four members come from different musical backgrounds including jazz, rock and hip hop and this album does a good job of bringing all the elements in while maintaining the reggae feel. This release is very different in terms of compositions from our last album.”

When speaking with The Pier, SRP also notated that there are a few specific songs such as “Dub Boat” and “Pure Love” that exemplify how they tried to push their boundaries on this record. The band has already dropped their first exclusive single from the forthcoming release, entitled “Unity” featuring Kenyatta Hill. Also expected to be on the record is an additional single that was released in 2015 with “Positive Thinking.” Their newest addition, “Unity,” was debuted on BBC Radio 1 earlier this month and can be fired up via the soundcloud below!

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Listen: Soul Rebel Project – “Positive Thinking”

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Interview: Hollie Cook

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It was not easy connecting with Hollie Cook to complete this interview. Fresh off the release of Vessel of Love, her third full length album released Jan. 26th via Merger Records, and the promotional engagements that go along with a Billboard charting record made it tricky to schedule. Add to that London’s no phone zones, some technical difficulties with Skype, the time difference and I began to think this interview was not going to happen. After the 20 minutes we spoke, I was more than happy it did.

It was 5:00PM in London when we connected. Hollie’s accent and soft voice make polite chit chat sound soothing, even when coming through a sometimes garbled Skype connection that left me straining to follow bits of our conversation. Hollie is a pleasure to speak with, a true artist with a natural talent and voice that can be called one of a kind.

Although Hollie considers her music to be “tropical pop,” she has one of the most unique and haunting voices in Reggae. She comes from a deep lineage of music — her father was Paul Cook of the infamous Sex Pistols, her mother was a backup singer for the Culture Club, and was part of the last lineup of the Slits which was an all-female British punk/reggae band. She would be justified in having a sharp and tough attitude considering her lineage, Father a Sex Pistol and Mother a singer for the Culture Club, but she is as pleasant as can be.

Interview: Hollie Cook

The Pier: Thank you so much for joining me today, Hollie, it is an absolute honor to be talking with you. I read that you were in somewhat of a creative block prior to going into the studio for this album — How did you go about the writing process for this record?
Hollie Cook: As always, I am kind of seeking inspiration and getting ideas together, not necessarily fully formed songs. When I did sit down to write songs, I was kind of struggling for a really long time. So I figured that I would kind of just surrender to that and allow myself to go through whatever it was I needed to go through. I literally just sat still for a bit and then there is nothing quite like — I guess I got bored. I got bored very, very HollieCookquickly. That kind of gave me the kick I needed. I needed to accept where I was creatively and allow myself to rest, to process. Then I was a bit worried if it was going to come out. It was a high-pressure situation, like being in the studio and having decided to finally make an album, to like really get things going, and thankfully it worked.

I would say it definitely worked. Did I read that you had members from the ORB collaborate on the album?
Yeah, So Youth (Martin Glover record producer and bassist of Killing Joke) is a long-time collaborator with the ORB and he is usually working with many artists, all at the same time. There are always various pieces of music that kind of go unused, or he has ideas for things that don’t necessarily get finished. He had an instrumental demo that he thought would be interesting, so he brought Alex (Alex Patterson of the Orb) for a day and we worked on that together, which was amazing, actually, because it was a completely different kind of artist for me to be working with and that was the song “Far From Me” which is the largest departure, sonically, from what people are used to hearing (from Hollie cook).

Were there songs you left off the record?
Yeah, actually, another ORB collaboration that ended up not getting used. It didn’t quite fit with the rest of the album, and there were a few others. I thought that 10 was a nice even number of tracks.

Any plans to release the other Orb collaboration?
[Hollie Pauses]… Umm, it might end up being an ORB song, but not a Hollie cook song.

I want to talk a little about your background. Everyone knows about your connection with The Slits, but how did that come about? I read that originally you were called in to sing on some tracks and then started performing live and the rest is history — Is that pretty much accurate?
Yeah that is pretty accurate. Ari Up (lead singer for the Slits) would just show up, as she would frequently do through the years, in London out of nowhere like the Hurricane she was, and she was calling around to all her friends that had daughters cause she always has very strong song ideas in her head and I guess she knew she wanted a chorus of girls to sing on a particular song, a new Slits song. I kind of very haphazardly ended in the studio, God I don’t remember when that was, that was like 10 years ago. And I have known Ari forever and it was really cool, it all felt quite normal in a weird way and she liked what I did. She said: “You should come and play with us when we play live!” So I ended up jumping into the band for a few shows which ended up being a few years of touring and recording an album, so that’s literally how the story went. I started as backing singer and moved to vocals and keys.

[Laughing] Oh god no… I have relinquished my very limited key playing to actual professionals.
HollieCook_GardenAre you playing any keys on Vessel of Love?

In a recent interview you said the music industry needs to hire, sign and book more women artists, which is absolutely true — Two questions about that: 1. Because you were in the Slits (all female band) at a young age, did you feel that there was a lot of female artists because of that experience? and 2. When did you realize the lack of women in the industry?
Well the thing is, women kind of magnetize more women, I guess. Also, when I was in the Slits, we always played with up and coming female groups, well not always, but lots of female groups worked with female publicists, tour managers, etc. It wasn’t necessarily an absolute requirement by any means, but it is how it ended up to be.

I would say it is more since I have not been in an all-female band. I was looking for a female manager a couple of years ago and found that difficult. It some ways, it does feel like there are a ton of women out there, and I have had women in my band before, but it’s always been a bit outnumbered. It doesn’t necessarily feel deliberate, and I think it is definitely changing. It is being spoken about a lot more which is making a big difference. I have friends in my age group who are in the industry and have created spaces and workshops for other young women to get involved in, and feel really a part of it all. It is a space created for women by women, there is strength in numbers so it just gives young women more confidence in the industry. So there are a lot of really positive changes in that area of the industry.

What advice would you give to a young woman starting out in the music industry?
Be unfazed. Be as confident in yourself as you can be. There is no reason for a woman to feel less capable because they are one of a few. Being outnumbered is not something that should deter you. I guess because I came from being surrounded by such strong women, I have very rarely been fazed, even in a situation where I was the only woman in the room. It was not a lesson that I was taught very literally, it was very much just naturally happening around me.

The melodies in your music are phenomenal. I think anyone on first listen is going to hear these beautiful spooky vocal melodies — How are you writing these melodies? Do they just come to you? Or are you sitting at a keyboard and writing?
They do come to me. Every now and again I have to work a little harder on them, but my main focus when I am writing is melody. I am extremely melody driven. For the most part, melody will come before lyrics. The melody can almost write the song and dictate what the song will be about. I am just a big fan of unusual song structures and things that don’t sound usual. I was a big fan of Bjork and Portishead as a kid and have always been a fan of the weirder melodies in the world.

Are you singing all the parts, including the harmonies?
It is all me this time, which is really fun. I feel like I am a very frustrated backup vocalist [laughing]. One of my dreams is to be a backing singer in a three-part harmony group.

Hollie Cook_Vessel of Love
Like the modern I-Threes?

You are coming to the US in March, what can US fans expect from your live show?
I just try and have a really good time. I really like positive energy and I can’t take myself seriously at all, so I am very much a “silly billy” on stage. I feed off the smiling faces, and I just like to make people smile, as cheesy as that may sound, but it’s just about being positive. I am also very much excited to announce that I will be bringing my UK band with me as well, so you will be getting the true London Hollie Cook experience.

I saw a band I really like called the Far East that is playing a show with you as well…
Yes… Maddie Ruthless is a friend of a friend and I am really excited to play with them.

Another band we love is The Skints. You have worked with them in some way as well, correct?
Well, we’re all kinda music besties at home. We’re all from London and pretty much running in the same social groups, and we’ve been on tour together. Of course we have all worked with Prince Fatty as well, so that is where the friendship started. We all hang out and go to each other shows. I think they are great.

Your artwork has this Tiki Zombie vibe, what drove the artwork?
I really like colorful but dark imagery, if that makes sense? I have always been quite drawn to tropical kind of cartoon illustration visuals. Also, I have always wanted to fulfill my own cartoon fantasy, so I got to do that on my album which is really cool.

In preparing for the interview, I was listening to a lot of the New Age Steppers, specifically the stuff with Ari Up, which is a hidden gem. That whole album is great…
It’s fantastic and always been a source of inspiration for me…

Perfect that was going to be my question so you answered that. Any plans to do Vessel of Love as a dub release?
I think that there is definitely going to be some dubs at some point. It won’t all be with one producer. I have been speaking to a couple of people and will hopefully be able to realize some of the dubbier elements of the record, later in the year.


Watch: Hollie Cook – “Survive”

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Listen: Hollie Cook – “Freefalling”

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Rebelution Reveal Details for New Album ‘Free Rein’

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Perhaps one of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2018 is none other than the forthcoming sixth full-length studio album from Rebelution. The Isla Vista quartet announced that their new record, entitled Free Rein, will hit the physical and virtual shelves on June 15 via Easy Star Records / 87 Music – the album is expected to feature 12 new tracks.

Rebelution is at the pinnacle of reggae-rock, and they’ve been sitting there quite comfortably for several years. With a history of presenting ground-breaking and instrumentally sound music in conjunction with trademark vocals from lead singer and collaboration extraordinaire Rebelution_2017Eric Rachmany, the GRAMMY nominated four-piece has moved into a territory where they comfortably sell out their shows as well as headline top-tier music festivals.

[Related: Rebelution Announces 2019 Festival in Jamaica]

The hype has been mounting for their next release, as 2016’s Falling Into Place received plenty of well-deserved support, featuring 11 tracks. While they are in the midst of wrapping up their 2018 Winter Greens Tour with support from Raging Fyah, they’ve also announced the inaugural edition of their “Bright Side Festival” – a destination music festival in Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort that will also feature The Green, Raging Fyah and DJ Mackle.

As for the album itself, Rebelution has stated that they couldn’t be more excited for fans to hear their new music. In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Eric Rachmany shared some details behind the overall theme and excitement the band is sharing for their forthcoming release:
“It’s definitely my favorite album we’ve ever done, by far. “We had the pleasure of working with a couple producers (Don Corleon, Winta James) and the rest of the album was produced by ourselves. This album really came from the heart, we’re very proud of it.”

[Related: Rebelution Announces Summer 2018 Tour with Stephen Marley]

Fans will start to get acclimated to various tastes and teasers of Free Rein — the band recently announced that the release of their first single “Celebrate” will be the first of several to drop prior to June 15, as they will be releasing a new single on the last Friday of every month leading up to the drop of Free Rein in its entirety. Make sure to pre-order the album to get your free download of “Celebrate” on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Rebelution – Free Rein Tracklist:
Rebelution---Free-Rein-Album-Cover1.) Celebrate
2.) City Life
3.) Legend
4.) Settle Down Easy
5.) Take on Anything
6.) Patience
7.) Rise on Top
8.) Trap Door
9.) Good Day
10.) Healing
11.) More Energy
12.) Constellation

Watch: Rebelution – “Celebrate” Official Lyric Video

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Watch: Rebelution Winter Greens Tour 2018

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Video: SOJA – Everything To Me

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On Oct. 20th, 2017 SOJA released their sixth full-length studio album, Poetry In Motion. The 11 track record, released via ATO Records, was written, arranged, produced and recorded all in the same room for one top to bottom cohesive record. The latest single from Poetry In Motion is the song “Everything To Me” with a video you can enjoy below. Read our most recent interview with SOJA front-man Jacob Hemphill further discussing the album and their 20 year musical career by clicking HERE!

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Sublime’s Brad Nowell’s 1988 Letter To His Sister From College

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Before Bradley James Nowell created a genre of reggae-rock music as the singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sublime, he was attending college at UC Santa Cruz. Thanks to his sister, Kellie Nowell, this is what Brad wrote her a year before starting Sublime.

The original publish of this letter can be read by clicking HERE! This deserves its own headline as we continue to celebrate the music and life of Brad Nowell on what would have been his 50th birthday.

Brad’s 1988 Letter to His Sister From College:

Bradley Nowell formed Sublime in 1989, but in April of 1988, he was going to UC Santa Cruz. When I reached out to Brad’s sister, Kellie, she didn’t have any stories to re-tell, but was kind enough to share an amazing letter that a 20 year-old Brad wrote her before moving back to Long Beach from Santa Cruz, CA. Sublime had not yet been founded and you get to experience a peak of who Brad was, in his own words, at the age of 20; even asking his sister for suggestions on a new band name! Enjoy:

Dear Kellie,

Howz it goin’ down there? Life up here is just swell! The waves haven’t been so good so I’ve been doing a lot of mountain bike riding weight lifting – that is, when I’m not in the library studying…RIGHT!!? Well anyway, I wanted to thank you for the beautiful card you sent; it really meant Brad Nowella lot to me. I want you to know that I feel the same way about you. It’s important to have people believe in you – but, of course, you must first believe in yourself. ‘Tis the same way w/ love! Anywho, I’m looking forward to coming home very much. I’m more than ready to get the _ _ _ _ out of hippy town! (Even though it is a beautiful place.) I find myself wishing more more that I was back in L.B. I can’t wait to jam again w/ da boyz. It gives me great joy, even if they are a couple a freaks! I’m trying to come up w/ a name for our band – something nice – so I’m quite open for suggestions. (Sloppy 2nd’s simply will not do this time around!) Oh – I’m not sure if I told you or not but Spike is VERY pregnant right now. I’d give her another 2 weeks max! I think the gestation period of cats is around 60 days. I’m not sure. Needless to say (or maybe not so needless), we have stopped indulging in “kitty flips,” much to her amazement delight! Well actually I think she kind of like them, even though she did always run hide. Nevertheless, the cat who knocked her up really sliced her up bad with his claws. (She was no easy catch… that’s my girl!) I’m almost positive it was that fat piece of shit Earl from down the street… I’ve seen the way he leers at her!

I hope all is well down there w/ you your homegirls. Please give my love to our darling mother Kirk – our loving father Janie. About moving back down – I’m pretty sure I can fit all my stuff in my truck. (If not I’ll call.) I’m hoping to sell my mountain bike right before I leave so I can start to raise enough cash to purchase a PA. There’s really no place to ride it down there anyway. Well, I love miss you very much. Can’t wait to see you again! As they say up here:

May your beer waves women never be flat! (Or something like that!)


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    These stories don’t have to be limited to just those that knew him. Brad touched all of us with his creativity and his punk-rock soulful approach to the music. Share with us in the comments below how Brad and Sublime impacted your life. We find that the best way to honor the man and his music, is to continue to celebrate it at the highest possible volume. Today, we celebrate his birthday as much as we celebrate his music – Thank you and Happy Birthday Bradley!

    Special thanks to Kellie Nowel for taking the time to share this with letter.

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    Watch: Sublime – “What I Got”

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    John Feldmann & Travis Barker’s ‘Back To The Beach’ Festival

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    It was announced this morning on the World Famous Kroq that singer, songwriter and producer, John Feldmann of Goldfinger and Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, are putting on the Back To The Beach Festival on the state shoreline of Huntington Beach, CA boasting an unbelievable line-up of nostalgic 90’s ska-punk.
    Feldmann met Barker back in the nineties when Barker was the drummer for The Aquabats who would open up for Feldmann’s Goldfinger. Fast forward more than 20 years and they’re teaming up to put on a first of its kind ska-punk music festival.

    The idea for the festival came to Feldmann last year while on tour with NOFX, telling KROQ: “The first show I ever saw was the English Beat at the Greek Theater up in Berkeley. Ska music has changed my life, since I was a kid. I’ve always been into 2nd wave, two-one, Madness, the Specials and I’ve never been to a festival that is just all feel good music.”

    John continues on, explaining: “I hit up Travis Barker and said we should do something that no one has done before. John Reese, our friend, had the idea of doing it on the beach in Huntington Beach, the epic-center of ska-punk, and Travis was in.”

    John Reese is known for doing a number of festivals, most recently partnering up with Barker on his Musink Festival that combines Punk Rock, Tattoos and Cars.

    The Back To The Beach Festival will be a 2-day event taking place on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. The line-up for this festival is something about as ideal as it gets for any fan of the 3rd-wave ska sound of the 90’s. What makes this festival so outstanding, in addition to its 90’s nostalgia, is all of the new music that most of these bands will likely be playing, if not have out by the time of the festival. Then there’s there imagination of the on-stage collaborations which makes this even more exciting.

    Saturday April 28th:

    Day One Line-up:
    311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Aquabats, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, The Suicide Machines, Big D The Kids Table + more!

    311 continues their 90’s nostalgic run of shows in 2018 as they’ll close out night one after Mighty Mighty Bosstones appear to play direct support. Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, Mad Caddies the BossTones are all rumored to have new music set to drop this year as I’m sure this festival will be a great platform to debut much of the new music live. With Travis Barker putting the event on, I wonder if he returns to his roots and suits up in his old Aquabats uniform to play drums? If there was ever a time, Travis, we would all agree that this would be it!

    Watch: Mighty Mighty BossTones – “The Impression That I Get”

    Sunday April 29th:

    Date Two Line-up:
    Sublime with Rome, Goldfinger (w/Travis Barker), Fishbone (original line-up), Save Ferris, The Interrupters, Mustard Plug, The Aggrolites, The Untouchables + more!

    Sunday has the sexier line-up of bands, especially when you have Travis Barker playing drums for Goldfinger’s set. Fishbone is performing with their OG line-up which sounds terrifyingly fantastic, especially for long-time fans or for anyone who has seen their documentary, “Everday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.”

    What are the odds Sublime with Rome plays “April 29th 1992″? Save Ferris has embarked on their resurgence with plans for a new record in 2018. Same goes for what John Feldmann calls the best 4th Wave Ska band in The Interrupters who have brought new life to the genre of ska-punk to a new generation of rude-boys gals.

    Watch: The Interrupters – “Take Back The Power”

    In Closing:

    I don’t know if the order in which the line-up was presented will be the actual order in which the bands will play. It clearly states more groups will be added. One big name that is surprisingly missing is Reel Big Fish. It’s hard to imagine a festival like this taking place without their presence and I’d have to imagine they’d feel the same — Same could be said about No Doubt.

    I think the only bands on this entire line-up that we’re unable to verify some form of new music being pursued for 2018 would be the Untouchables. 311 has been seen in the studio but they’re still promoting last years Mosaic while Goldfinger continues to celebrate their first record in 9 years with 2017’s The Knife.

    Tickets will be available starting Friday, February 23rd at 10am PST with 2-day VIP Lounge tickets going for $199.00. Kids under 10 get in free with paid adult admission to the Lil Punk Kidzone full of carnival games of chance, inflatable bounce houses and even sand castles to build! You can find out more information at

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    Watch: Fishbone – “Party At Ground Zero”

    Watch: Goldfinger – “Tijuana Sunrise”

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    Roots of a Rebellion to Release Third Studio Album

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    Nashville-based 6-piece Roots of a Rebellion recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to support their next studio album. ROAR have once again teamed up with producer Craig Welsch (John Brown’s Body, The Avett Brothers, State Radio) to bring their 3rd full-length album to life. This spring, the band also plans to drop a live album from their performance last summer at legendary Nashville venue Exit/In.

    Roots of a Rebellion have crafted over a dozen unique packages and experiences to reward fans interested in supporting their upcoming project. Just a few weeks since the campaign launched, the band has already reached 25% of their goal. According to lead singer Austin Smith, the band has roughly 30 songs written, and they’re ready to record the best of the bunch with Craig Welsch at Rear Window Studio in Brookline, MA. Roots-of-A-Rebellion-2018-Press-Image

    The live album, expected out in the coming months, is also coupled with a high-quality video of the performance. Many of the PledgeMusic packages will include the audio and video for the upcoming live album, and upon release ROAR plans to put the album on digital platforms such as Spotify and YouTube as well.

    Roots of a Rebellion are looking to jump off the success of their 2016 album A Brother’s Instinct, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Since first forming out of Nashville’s esteemed Belmont University, ROAR have gone on to play alongside top acts such as 311, Rebelution, and Slightly Stoopid, as well as at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Hangout Festival. ROAR consists of Austin Smith (guitar/lead vocals), Marco Martinez (lead guitar/harmonica), Jeremyck Smith (keys/vocals), Justin Smith (trumpet), Adam Quellhorst (bass/vocals), and Troy Wiggins (drums).

    Speaking on their big plans for 2018, Austin Smith says, “We’ve got some great music planned for this year that we’re excited about. Fans may recognize a couple songs from our recent shows, but most of the songs have never been heard outside of the band!”

    Check out the link posted below if you’d like to learn more about Roots of a Rebellion’s PledgeMusic campaign in support of their forthcoming studio album. You can also catch the boys on the road as they bring their Nashville-branded reggae around the US this winter and spring.

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    Article By: Brian Winters

    Watch: New Album + Pledge Music Campaign!

    Watch: Roots of a Rebellion – “No Control”

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    Video: Koffee – “Burning”

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    Having just turned 18-years-old on February 16th, Jamaica’s new rising star, Koffee, released her debut single, “Burning,” this past October. Koffee might be the youngest artist we’ve ever covered and the first in quite sometime that we can confidently say is the next household name representing a new generation of reggae roots and culture. Read more about her by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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    Behind The Beat: Understanding Ethan Tucker

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    In May of 2015, Olympia, WA’s singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker released his last studio album Misunderstood, a 14-track record produced by Beastie Boy’s Mario C., featuring a guest appearance by Michael Franti.

    Ethan first showed up on our radar back in October of 2009 when we published a live video of him performing “Morning Time.” The video was captured by Josh Heinrichs, whom Ethan was sharing the stage with that night. It turns out, that published video was the first time Ethan Tucker’s music had been documented by a media source. In November of 2010 he released his debut album, Lost Between.

    We drove out to meet with the Olympia, WA native in his hometown to get a better understanding of who Ethan Tucker is. We came to learn that he’s a self-taught vocalist and musician. Through his own passion, charisma and persistence, he created opportunities for himself that included working with Michael Franti, be-friending actor/comedian Craig Robinson, being featured on NBC’s The Voice as well as being picked up by Silverback Music Management that has lead to collaborative affairs with Slightly Stoopid.

    Tucker even released a hometown beer called Cool Kids Kulsch with O Town Brewing. Tucker describes the beer as “Not quite a lager, but a light beer with a hint of citrus. Like a less thick version of a Blue Moon.” It’s only available in the summer in his hometown. No matter where his music or fame may take him, Olympia, WA will always remain his home.

    Understanding Ethan Tucker: Calling Olympia, WA Home

    Ethan was born in Olympia as a baby before moving to Montana. When his parents divorced, his mom moved to Sun Valley, ID and his dad moved back to Olympia, WA. So growing up, Ethan would spend the summers in Olympia while going to school in Idaho. Sun Valley is a small town of a few thousand people that isn’t uncommon to visitors such as Bruce Willis to Lebron James. But if there was anywhere in the world that Ethan would call home, it would be Olympia, WA. EthanTucker_OlyWa_EricSchoep

    He tells The Pier: “Olympia, WA to me is the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest. Oly is the Capital of Washington State and sits almost exactly halfway between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. It’s cool man. Its like a melting pot. You have a mix of people — You have super liberal hippies, you have super business type, because it’s the state capital, so you have the political people, and state people, state workers etc. Then you have the gangsters and hustlers too. But its just this chill town where everyone gets along. I dig it, its a funky spot.”

    He’s a humble, hometown artist with raw talent of someone who burst on to the scene with his laid back soulful jazzy songwriting, and infectious vocals. One thing you might not know about Ethan is that he is not professionally trained whatsoever. So what you’re listening to in his records Lost Between and Misunderstood is someone projecting self-taught, raw emotion over songs with little vocal guidance as he explains to The Pier that he didn’t take any vocal lessons until he caught on with NBC’s The Voice in 2016.

    [Related: Ethan Tucker Performs On NBC’s The Voice]

    During that time, he was assigned a vocal coach to which Ethan tells The Pier: “The first vocal lesson I ever had, I didn’t even sing. She had me sit on my back and told me to focus on my breathing. It was just all breathing. I found myself paying more attention to my breathing and making sure that I have full lungs”

    With a new album expected in 2018, Ethan Tucker is putting an exclamation-point on his 2015 record, Misunderstood, with the music video for “Never Be.” Directed by Garret Laver, the video had been shelved for more than a year with inspiration coming from the phrase “I’ll Never Be Fooled Again.” Ethan Explains: “The song is about believing the facade that some people put on in a relationship before exposing their true colors.”

    Watch: Ethan Tucker – “Never Be”

    Understanding Ethan Tucker: Working on New Music

    Ethan has recently worked with Toko Tasi on the 2017 Jungle Josh produced “Rockstar” (Remix) to which he was also featured in the music video for the song. Tucker collaborated with Slightly Stoopid and was featured on a version of Stoopid’s “Prophet” with a guitar solo that didn’t make the album cut on Meanwhile… Back At The Lab. Ethan is known to join to Stoopid on stage for songs “Ain’t Gotta Lot of Money,” and “Baby I like It.”

    When it comes to his own material, Ethan is experimenting with newer material that includes funk and pop in the vain of Bruno Mars meets Maroon 5 and Ben Harper. As mentioned EthanTucker_InsTudio_EricSchoep inside our 2018 Most Anticipated Albums feature, Ethan Tells The Pier he plans to release a 10-13 track record of songs that fit together in telling the strongest story. He’s worked in production with Jungle Josh, Dru Decaro and Max Watters.

    In writing and singing on his newer material, he has taken the vocal lessons from The Voice in addition to that of Dru Decaro and Andy Cooper. Those two, Ethan points out, have been working him in the studio in helping him better recognize the different notes to hit in vocal harmony, a training of the ear that has been new to the otherwise self-taught, raw talent.

    Ethan tells The Pier his thoughts toward the records theme, saying: “I have been throwing around a few ideas back and forth the one I keep coming back to is ‘Phoenix’ it is the title of one of the tracks but I like the idea of a bird that continually grows by burning down and then rising from its own ashes.” Ethan continues, sharing: “This record I’ve been experimenting with blending more electronic sounds of drums and synths with my signature blend of acoustic and electric guitar. There are so many sonic layers that most people have never heard from me before and it’s taking my music to another level.”

    Ethan is someone who has created his own opportunities through his own hustle that has led him to working with a slew of respected artists. With a combination of raw talent, poetic charisma and a persistent hustle, he’s found himself in the room with Mario C., Michael Franti, Slightly Stoopid, Jungle Josh, Toko Tasi, to creating his own hometown beer and befriending Craig Robinson at one of his own shows. He’s a very organic artist who establishes organically authentic relationships. Like his hometown of the Pacific Northwest, his music has some fun night life funk, gloomy blues to soulful jazz and bright spots of pop and classic rock.

    Ethan Tucker is the vocal battle cry of Olympia, WA, showered in the soul of it’s Pacific Northwest culture.

    Related Links:
    Ethan Tucker Website
    Ethan Tucker Facebook

    Article By: Mike Patti
    Photos By: Eric Schoep

    Watch: Toko Tasi – “Rock Star” (Remix) [ft. Ethan Tucker]

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    Kabaka Pyramid Drops New Single “Borders”

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    Kabaka Pyramid is heating things up ahead of his debut album Kontraband. On February 2nd, 2017, the Jamaican artist dropped “Borders,” the 2nd single from his upcoming album. The brand new song features the breakout Ghanaian vocalist Stonebwoy, and was produced by the one and only Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The single is also coupled with an official lyric video produced by Luti Media.

    Much like the 1st single “Can’t Breathe,” and all of his music for that matter, Kabaka Pyramid’s latest track goes deep beneath the surface to deliver a powerful message. Creating lyrics with a theme and an underlying message for each of his tracks has always been a priority for the Kingston-based artist. “Borders” tackles the continuing refugee crisis occurring across the globe, and the record number of people seeking a more peaceful and prosperous place to call home. Borders Kabaka

    “I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It’s a shame to see the levels of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I’m grateful that Stonebwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We’re looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off” says Kabaka Pyramid of his latest single.

    Kabaka Pyramid’s upcoming album Kontraband is set to release in the coming months of 2018 as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records. In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album. The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka’s head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

    Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and will likely coincide with a world tour beginning in spring 2018. Kabaka Pyramid’s team hinted at an extensive tour continuing through the summer and fall that would hit North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean islands.

    Sharing his excitement for his fans to hear Kontraband, Kabaka says, “I’m really excited to drop my debut album because the 1st one is the one all the others will be compared to, and I think Kontraband will set a foundation for me for many years to come. My aim is to take conscious lyricism in reggae music to another level and connect with listeners from all walks of life across the globe.”

    Be sure to check back with The Pier when a precise release date is announced. Until then, enjoy Kabaka Pyramid’s newest singles “Borders” and “Can’t Breathe.”

    Related Links:
    Kabaka Pyramid Bandcamp
    Kabaka Pyramid Facebook

    Article By: Brian Winters

    Kabaka Pyramid – “Borders” ft. Stonebwoy [Official Lyric Video]

    Kabaka Pyramid – “Can’t Breathe” (Official Video)

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