Pepper & Tribal Seeds “Nice Dreams Summer Tour” with Special Guests: Fortunate Youth & Darenots

Thursday, August 24th 2017

ARTIST BIO

For Pepper paying homage to their roots is essential over a decade in to their celebrated career. The Southern California trio, who formed in 1997 and moved to the mainland from the three musicians’ hometown of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1999, know that where they come from should always be infused in the music they create. On Ohana, the group’s seventh full-length album (4/29/16, LAW Records), Pepper embraces the feelings and sounds that encouraged them to become a band in the first place.

“Over our past few albums, we had been departing from our original sound and exploring new directions,” Bret notes. “On this album, we wanted to come back to our classic style and revisit our roots. The writing and recording process was a conscious effort to do that.”

“We wanted to strip the band down to its natural state,” Kaleo adds. “We’ve always been a three-piece band with good songs and energy and our goal was to showcase that. We’re all were really pleased with how the music came out and how it conveys the strengths of our band.”

It was important to the musicians to self-produce Ohana, which marks the first time Pepper has helmed the production of one of their albums. From their 2000 debut Give’n It to their 2006 standout album No Shame, which was recorded with 311’s Nick Hexum, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary, Pepper has explored various methods of recording, always hoping to embody not only their signature style of music but their lifestyle in the songs. Ohana was recorded last fall in the band’s own Kona Inn Recording Studio in Redondo Beach. The building is the former home of Pennywise’s Stall #2 studio and embodies a positive vibe for Pepper, who have recently begun recording other artists in the space.

“It was time for us to take the reins,” Bret says. “We’ve been through the process with several really cool producers in the past and we’ve learned a lot from them. We have the knowledge now and it’s about not being complacent anymore. We wanted to do it ourselves, so it’s from our family to yours.”

Tribal Seeds: From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with their roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer). Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Victor Navarro (bass), Ryan Gonzo (guitar, vocals), Luis Castillo (keyboard, vocals), Danny Lopilato (keybaord/vocals) & Jamey “Zeb” Dekofsky (drums).

In 2014 Tribal Seeds released their highly anticipated fourth album, Representing. The new album debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard, iTunes & Amazon Reggae Charts and cracked the Top Billboard 200 at Number 114. The album included 12 original recordings and features some of the genres favorite stars: Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Kyle McDonald (Slightly Stoopid), Vaughn Benjamin (Midnite), and New Kingston.

The band is currently recording their fifth full-length album, schedule for release in early 2018.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Aruba & Peru. They have shared the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Skrillex, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, Pepper, and many more.

Fortunate Youth is a collective of six outstanding musicians/producers who have taken the worldwide music scene by storm. Spreading inspirational messages of Peace, Love, and Unity, Fortunate Youth connects music lovers from all over the world, creating a global family of positivity and progressive ideals. FY was born in Hermosa Beach California, a popular beach town in Los Angeles County. Four members attended high school together (Jered Draskovich, Corey Draskovich, Travis Walpole, and Greg Gelb) linking with Mississippi transplant Dan Kelly (singer) and later adding drummer from Las Vegas, Jordan Rosenthal. The band has toured heavily since 2009 with over 20 tours nationwide and abroad. Fortunate Youth has released 3 full length albums, two of which hit #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. “It’s All A Jam” (2013) and “Don’t Think Twice” (2015).

Skillfully combining the best of hip hop, reggae, trap, and rock with earworm hooks, Toronto’s Darenots are the genre busting sound of the city. Since forming in 2015, vocalists James Mascola and Rev along with CJ Hinds and Swav Pior of illScarlett, are a veteran lineup that produce an unforgettable live experience which intuitively marries contagious electronic beats with driven guitars and body blasting rhythm.

Between party anthems like “Heavyweight” and “Good Good” and the chill grooves of “911” and “Focus to Faded”, The Now Is Truth is a sophisticated debut EP that effortlessly moves bodies to the beat. Released in early 2016 on NVRNF/Law Records, the ‘ep’ features collaborations with Camm Hunter (Down With Webster), Kaleo Wassman (Pepper) & Grieves (Ryhmesayers Ent). Since the release, Darenots have performed to packed houses alongside Dirty Heads, Hollerado, illScarlett, July Talk, DZ Deathrays, USS, Walk Off The Earth, and Pepper.

 

http://pepperlive.com/
http://www.tribalseeds.net/
https://fortunate-youth.com/
http://www.darenots.com/

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