Sunday, February 26, 2017

#Dub Mix One

Dub Mix One on iTunes

The EP 'Dub Mix One' is now available on all major digital stores with dub versions of the Miss Tun Pickney singles. So if you like dub have a listen.

#Dub is one of the great reggae inventions believed to be created by legendary Jamaican innovator 'King Tubbys'. With the early reggae singles it was common not to have a 'B side'. Instead, there would be a 'Version', which, was basically an instrumental version of the vocal A side. Dub took these instrumentals to a new level using whatever effects were available at the time mainly reverb and decay or 'Echo', with the drum and bass centre stage.

Dub become a reggae sub-genre in its own right with albums of Dub only tracks created by sound engineers and producers, like the legendary Lee Perry.

This creation of mainly instrumental music by sound engineers and producers spawned many similar genres that exist today.

Friday, February 17, 2017

#Reggaevibe - Find Your Own Sound

Innocent Review by Indie Band Guru #indiebandguru

One of the toughest things about being an Indie Artist is trying to stand out from the crowd. One way is to find your own style and sound.

I draw inspiration from my musical influencers and the things that I like to hear in songs. As a musican you can then add 'yourself' to the song. What I mean is, for example, you could give 10 guitarists the same guitar and you would hear 10 personalities being portrayed when they play the guitar. This personality is what needs to be added to the musical ideas to finally end up with your own sound. It doesn't have to be a dramatic difference to be recognized, it could just be a matter of emphasis.

If you follow my blog you know my genre is #reggae but there are always things I like in great songs from other genres, the things that make you remember the song. My biggest influences were Bob Marley and Sly & Robbie. The pioneering rhythm section, that Sly & Robbie were, is something that always stayed with me and during my days with 'The Instigators' had a strong influence on our songs. Bob Marley, on the hand, was a supreme storyteller and the power that good lyrics have to transform a song is understood by all music fans.

However, it takes courage and belief to put your personality into your music rather than make it sound like someone elses. Especially, if you are looking to make a living from making music. But. nothing beats the feeling when others appreciate your musical works, that is a flame that can keep fires of self belief burning for a long while.

So I am going to keep trying out ideas and try to expand the reggae genre in my own way. If your music doesn't contain any of you, then, it's somebody else's music (sounds like an idea for a song..hmm?)

You can hear my productions on my website the home of Miss Tun Pickney.

Innocent Review by Indie Band Guru

Saturday, February 4, 2017

#ReggaeMonth Jamaica - Good Idea!

February is #ReggaeMonth in Jamaica. This is a recognition of the importance of reggae to #Jamaica socially, musically and economically. It is being celebrated across the island and is supported by artists and the government alike. Check out the twitter handle @reggaemonth and the hashtag #reggaemonth

Jamaica is the home of reggae so, it is right that it is celebrated. Though the music still struggles to get the recognition it deserves, there are now other 'centres' of growth and expansion of #reggaemusic like the USA, Europe and even Japan. Where new artists from differing backgrounds are expanding the boundaries of reggae and building large followings.

Reggae month, therefore, is a good way for Jamaica to advertise that Jamaica is where it all began. That is something that will never change and cannot be taken away.

In the UK, the reggae market seems to have shrunk compared to mainland Europe where, you will find many international reggae music festivals like #Rototom Sunsplash #ReggaeJam and #Garance Festival. So, maybe the the UK reggae industry could put its weight behind a reggae month in the UK (maybe #reggaemonthUK) to re-energize the reggae scene and may give the music the critical mass, focus and exposure it needs.

We see for a few days in August each year how the Notting Hill Carnival gets a lot of exposure and is now recognized  the world over. A countrywide celebration of Reggae annually could achieve the same thing. We have the tools to make this happen WE JUST NEED THE WILL!

Anyone for #reggaemonthUK

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