The Sticker on your release “Exploring The Dangers
Of” says: “Live Instrumental Dub recorded direct to tape
in the studio”. This seems to be a completely different
concept than the original Dub idea, where sounds were
manipulated later on through technical devices. You have
also included tracks on the album that were recorded live.
What gave you the idea of approaching dub as a live concept?
the sounds were manipulated in the studio (i.e, eq, effects),
but a lot of the form and arrangement (w/some effects)
were recorded live (mostly guitar and keyboards). We just
sort of built a concept out of jamming on gigs for fun
and dub was a foundation we all loved. It was more about,
"how can we recreat this studio music we all love,
in a live setting".
a three-piece-band your sound is very rich. How do you
mange to create this wall of sound?
all play multiple instruments on stage and control effects
and sounds. DP Holmes - guitar/keys, Stu Brooks - bass/keys,
and Joe Tom - drums/melodica. Moreover, we all do live
dubs of ourselves and each other on stage. So we all are
really working hard to create all the sound.
seem to be influences of Jazz, alternative Rock and other
styles in your music. I can even hear similarities with
Can. Is this due to the musical backgrounds of the Dub
are all into so much different music, such as Punk, Electronic,
Contemporary Classical, Avent-Jazz, Hip-Hop and Dancehall.
would you say are your musical influences, if there are
any? Not necessarily Dub.
specific influences might include SEEFEEL, BAD BRAINS,
REFUSED, MUSE, POLE, COLTRANE, LEXAUNCULPT, OVAL, WEBERN,
LIGETI and of course KING TUBBY, SCIENTIST, MAD PROFESSOR
and so many others...
an earlier mail you have written, that “Dub Trio is making
a lot of waves (great reviews in press and college radio
play) over in the states“. Would you say that Dub in general
is big (or getting bigger) in the US?
Not big at all really, but getting
noticeably bigger. Just reggae music in general (especially
dancehall's influence on pop music in the states). Jamaican
culture in general.
are working without any vocalists – not saying that this
is important. Will this continue in the future or are
there plans to include voices in your music?
really. Maybe have a guest artist on a track (if we find
the right toaster, someone who understands dub or the
use of space), or produce some tracks, but I think we'll
keep it strictly stripped down dubwise for now. Maybe
as a backing band if we find the right opportunity or
lot of people over here in Germany were devastated to
find Bush back in charge after the election. What were
your first thoughts after you heard that the man had been
move to Canada. We played some benefit shows that were
pretty ANTI-BUSH. Really just trying to spread consciousness
(political or spiritual) through our music is something
that is pretty important to us.
next projects have you got in the pipeline?
new record. Produce some other artists records. Play as
many shows as possible.
you planning on coming over to Europe for a few shows?
for sure. I think people are digging the record overseas.
It's just a matter of being able to finance a trip.
Karsten Frehe (01/2005)
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