Took a two month hiatus to iron out health stuff, re-focus, re-energize, re-prioritize, recycle, record, remix, etc. Here’s a peek at what’s confirmed for the first half of 2018:
- J-Zone: Guerrilla Drums (Break record) – April (Digital), May/June (Double 7″ Vinyl)
- The Du-Rites: “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” 7″ (May)
- The Zone Identity: “Melting Pot” b/w “Soul Food” 7″ (May)
- The Du-Rites: Original score/theme song for Bobbito’s Rock Rubber 45s documentary (July)
The unexpected positive feedback to Lunch Breaks and Backyard Breaks (and some requests) inspired my third drum break series, Guerrilla Drums. Hopefully these things help bring some of the grease back to the drums in modern production – grease that has gradually grown less and less popular due to sample clearance issues and the expected cyclical changes in sound. The Du-Rites are back in business as usual, but Pablo and I have decided to focus on singles this year. After releasing two LPs in the span of a year, we’re gonna hand out hors d’oeuvres for 2018 and see what smaller portions do for our vibe. “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” is already in production and will be out in May. Taurus season should also bring a new Zone Identity release to follow up last year’s debut on Fraternity Music Group. This go round we took a stab at the legendary “Melting Pot” by Booker T & The MGs and the lesser-known, but super heavy, “Soul Food” by Frankie Seay and The Soul Riders. Covering Booker T was daunting and I’m no Al Jackson, but the result was pretty funky. The Du-Rites also scored a chunk of the original score music for Bobbito Garcia’s Rock Rubber 45s documentary. There’s both cuts from our two LPs and original music. But the kicker is the theme song, which paired us with some jazz heavyweights and musical greats. The film will be out in July, with a June 27 screening in Central Park Summer Stage, NYC.
I’ll also continue a monthly DJ slot at Robert Bar, but I’ve put DJ life on hold to focus on my own music and craft. Jack-of-all-trades, master of none is finally beginning to take its toll.
The second half of the year…I’ll tell ya ’bout that in June.