Mikey Dread Has Plenty In Store For His Fans All Over The World
Upon his return to the U.S. in August; he headed out to perform on the West Coast; California From August 31 thru September 10: backed by The Dread At The Controls Band; the same magnificent band that toured with him in the UK and Poland back in June 2006; this band is more than a compliment to the already Mystic vibes of the Dread “ Mikey Dread”, they are receiving rave reviews, from all spectrums of the music world, not just the Reggae vibes! – Mikey Dread has always been an energetic and illustrious performer, he has not slacked in the many years he’s been out there, his performance just keeps getting better and better and it’s apparent with the new generations of fans that are flocking to see Mikey perform Live.
Speaking of New Fans: Recently, I received a phone call from California (a policeman), yes a policeman! Greg, who was in a Salinas Calif., Record store browsing and was surprised to see a variety of Mikey Dread’s CD’s prominently displayed in the front of the store, he inquired to the Clerk about Mikey and why so prominently displayed, and the Clerk advised him that for that area of California, Mikey Dread is to Reggae as what Elvis is to Rock, a superstar. He was so excited he let the Clerk know that he knew someone, who knew Mikey Dread personally; with the excitement still at fever pitched levels he decided to phone me up immediately to let me know what transpired! Fan excitement always makes me happy. I know Mikey works very, very, very, HARD for his fans and is deserving of this type of admiration. Humble soul that he is. I’m just happy I can work for someone like Mikey Dread, someone whom I believe in and who takes the time, to let his fans know, he genuinely CARES!!!
Special Update on the Mikey Dread work in progress “Backstage Pass” CD:
Mikey says: “My new album is both a celebration of my father’s 100 birthday (March 1906) and my return to the Jamaican recording studios and reggae scene bringing back the real original authenticity of reggae. The live style. The album was all recorded the same way I used to record in the 70s, no drum machine; just the real musicians capturing the original sounds that is lacking in today’s reggae. This is what I am trying to preserve- live musicians playing, adding their vibes and energy to the compositions. Recording reggae using drum machine and keyboards alone is popular now and cheaper to make. You only have two people to pay. Recording the way I did, it means you spend 12 times the amount of money; but the music sounds much better using drum, bass, 2 guitars, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals and REAL horns, than just faking the horns using keyboard sounds. One thing I can assure my fans; everything is real. I have used at least 12 musicians per track on my recordings and if you multiply that by say 14 tracks you know this is costing a lot but that is my style and the motto of my company- “Dread At The Controls” making quality reggae music from the source- Jamaica” We have also mixed a crucial Dub Album from this session, which will surface later in 2007″.
As you can see from Mikey’s own words, the Rasta remains in Control, focused and dedicated to bring you the BEST Reggae Musical Experience imaginable. He is also working diligently with doing the final mixes and design for the CD; “Backstage Pass” working with his graphic artist, based in Germany on the final design.
The CD features the TOP recording musicians in the history of reggae music. One song was recorded with his band in Poland. Some songs were cut in California along with the world famous musical engineer known as The “Scientist”; the majority of the songs on the CD being recorded at the Tuff Gong and Anchor recording studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
The CD was mixed entirely at Tuff Gong Studios, Jamaica and features new Mikey Dread tracks with horns and backing vocals plus an ALL Star array of the TOP Reggae musicians: Sly Dunbar on drums, Flabba Holt of Bass, Larry Professor (from Bunny Wailer Band) on Bass, Glen Browne (from Ziggy Marley band) on Bass. Keyboard players – Obeah, Franklyn Waul, Toney Asher, Robbie Lynn. Guitars : Dalton Browne, Lenford Richards, Gibby. Percussionists like Sticky Thompson, Bongo Herman, Sky Juice plus on horns Dizzy, Deadly Headly, Andrew Stoch ( from my band) The Gayle brothers: Everton and Everald Gayle (one plays with Lloyd Parkes band one plays with Bunny Wailers band)
More CD release info to come so stay tuned to: http://www.mikeydread.com
UPCOMING CONCERT IN CANADA:
CANADA: – Saturday, September 16, 2006 – The West End Cultural Center presents Mikey Dread @ The Winnipeg Ska Reggae Fest – Info Line: 204.783.6918
Having successfully completed the Short California tour. The end of September will see Mikey heading back to the Studios in Kingston Jamaica, to continue moving forward on the CD project “Backstage Pass”.
KEEP ALERT: more news on Mikey Dread will soon come.
The DATC (Dread at the Contols Camp) would like to Big Up all Mikey Dread fans on the West Coast, Thanks for making this West Coast Tour successful!!!
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