I've just made a video for a song I wrote and recorded 37 years ago. At that time I was 20 years old and I was in a band called 'After Science' which eventually came to be called Red Beat who released 3 singles and recorded a Jon Peel session. Back in 1978 though it was all about high energy rock. Our line up was me on vocals and two of my brothers Paul and Martin on drums and guitar with our friend Majid Ahmed on bass. We used to rehearse two nights a week for four hours in the evenings after work. Then we used to play live in local venues like The Nag's Head in High Wycombe. We even got record company interest from CBS who sent an A&R man down to see us play live.
We used to rehearse in a space called The Boilerhouse which was basically a factory boiler house converted and soundproofed for rock. This is also where we recorded the album Endless Waiting Game over several months with engineer Derek Timms. For many years this was just an unofficial cassette tape which had copies of our music on for our fans to play. it was only last year that I got around to re-mastering these songs and making them available on iTunes.
I called this blog, rewriting the story of my life. In a sense by revisiting and representing the creativity from my youth I am reassessing and re-evaluating the significance of these songs. The song from the current video is called It's Science. I've never really talked about what the lyrics meant to me when i wrote them. Now after a lifetime including studying English at university I feel its time to explain what was going through my mind when I wrote the line "Don't be hypnotised by the word."
My third release of this year is due on Wednesday July 29th. It's an electro house tune but with a rock rather than a pop edge. It is actually remix of a song of the same name I released as Roy Jones from the album Red Lotus in 2009. The chorus was slightly different on that version, lyrically but this chorus seemed to suit the house feel of this new dance tune. The mood has gone more minor than major too and there's less formal structure and a new chill section with some lovely three part harmony strings with two violins and a viola. Sound levels are considerably higher and optimised for the dance floor (and the headphones) where the bass can be truly appreciated.
The lyrics are essentially encouragement to everyone to connect with their own creativity and to work hard to produce something equal to their potential. Out of the struggle and the hard work comes something which moves the hearts of others and hopefully inspires them to create as well. the words could apply to athletes or sports people too or anyone really who is struggling to reveal their true potential. Hope you like it!
Conscious Love EP launches today. I thought I'd share my thoughts and a few anecdotes about the 6 tunes it contains. First the track list:
1) One Energy
2) Conscious Love
3) Bulletproof Feeling Transatlantic (feat. Normbeatz)
5) Bulletproof Moombahton
"Why do I do this? The Thus Come One perceives the true aspect of the threefold world exactly as it is. There is no ebb or flow of birth and death, and there is no existing in this world and later entering extinction. It is neither substantial nor empty, neither consistent nor diverse. Nor is it what those who dwell in the threefold world perceive it to be. All such things the Thus Come One sees clearly and without error."
I'm collaborating with my brother Howard Jones to promote a fund raising concert for Shalom House, a local palliative care hospice which is in need of money to keep its 24 /7 care for end of life going.
ONE ENERGY - dRedzilla now available at most digital outlets on the Bounce label.
One energy is a new single from dRedzilla which moves away from Dubstep into the Electro House genre.
I've been digitally remastering some songs from the post -punk era, when I played in a band called 'Jones Boys' with two of my brothers, Martin and Paul with Majid Ahmed on bass. We did lots of low key pub gigs in the South of England in 1978 to 1980. When I've finished I'll upload them and make them available on iTunes. This picture was part of a poster of the Jones Boys which I found recently. I couldn't resist adding the antennae. One of the songs we did back then was called Visit to Earth, viewing reality from the perspective of a visitor from another planet. I still feel a little like that now!
Been working on some new tunes in a housey tempo. Wracking my brain trying to come up with subjects which are stimulating and exciting but not negative. Ideas which empower and expand the humanity of the listener. I've got one finished but the second one is proving to be difficult, I've gone through a load of concepts already and ended up rejecting them all. I'm hoping to create 5 new tunes by the end of the year. That's about it for now. Be good, one love, dRed.
Hey just to let you know what I've been up to this past month, I work with a choir of fellow Buddhists in Wales where I live. I wrote a choral piece last year with a complicated classical feel and we've been working hard to master it all year.
So a new month has started. fresh energy and possibilities await. Should I get in the studio and create a new track or should I continue to spend a large portion of my time trawling the internet trying to locate people who have never heard of me but would really like my music? The answer is simple. carry on with the promotion. its the one thing I've never really done in my life. In the old days the record companies had people who did that kind of stuff but the game has changed and if I can't change then I'm not going to survive in the new world.
Much of it is simply going around listening to what other people are doing and leaving comments. i never leave negative comments and mostly that is the culture. From time to time people, who are also involved in the chess board of gathering people with a stake in the musical game, get in touch and you realize that you can help each other. it's not a competition but rather a joining of forces to get things moving in a direction that benefits both of you.
So more submissions to radio, blogs, review sites, more consuming Dubstep and gradually forming a network which can stand. Then more music. Clarity!
Bank holiday weekend. I can't help picturing all the fun down at Notting Hill Carnival. I used to live in Ladbroke Grove, London W11 when I was in a dub-rock band called Red Beat.
OK this is a post for technoheads! I use NI Massive for all my synth sounds and Logic Pro for my audio and midi. Came accross a great video today about how to beef up bass sounds by bassically adding sub bass using a eq-ed version of the same sound (with the treble cut and real bass boosted then adding another layer of high end synth, still using a modified version of the basic sound just tweaking a few parameters in massive and then re-eq-ing to boost the important hi end you're adding. the midi and pitch bend parameters remain the same so the effect is of one powerfull bass but with a rich bass end and a colourful top. This video explains in full. If you're a programmer/muso have a look!
Hey guys, help me out by tweeting @FLOEmpireRadio and requesting dRedzilla's Pure Victory. Also please share the #EmpireRadio tag love! You're da best!
So my EP is finished and its being released on August 8th, my birthday. Here's some tunes I've been listening to:
I've also made some new videos which you can see here
I just posted on Facebook about the power of gratitude! It opens doors and makes dreams come alive!
Peace........ Thanks........ dRed
1. Bonfire - Knife Party - just love this tune captures the soul of British Reggae in Dubstep
2. Woo Boost - Rusko - instrumental tune - heavy echoes of reggae bass - slick programming
3. Back to the Start - Zaku Chan - jazzy wobs, instrumental, uplifting
4. Talk About Us ft. Ayah Marar - Dilemn - nice to hear some real singing
5. Centipede - Knife Party - quirky soundbite piece, great drop programming
6. Gigantic Malfunctions - Captain Panic & Phantasma - really heavy, spacey, sci-fi dubstep
7. Do I see Color - Adventure Club (CRNKN remix) - experimental fusion some sublime moments
8. Kick out the Epic Motherfucker - Dada Life(Datsik remix) - what can I say? sends up anthemic songs with vicious drops
9. Stereophonic Sound - Psychic Vibe - like Centipede, quirky voiceover narrator soundbites with fine sound design
10. On my mind - Soloman, Disonata & the S.K. - chilled skanking echoes (one drop bass lines as riff)
Listened to Dubsteppa by P-Money on MistaJam tonight. I thought it was an unusually lively track. With that lovely bouncing one-gap- fast triplet-snare beat, and a vocal with real attitude and a live performance feel. Good work.