Pulling reggae apart and putting it back together again with a dose of hip-hop, a dash of rock, and a whole lot of soul, Dread Daze tunes up the positive vibrations and turns traditional reggae on it’s ear. The powerful sound they bring forth is uniquely their own, and their music speaks their truth in no uncertain terms. Dread Daze’s authentic desire to use their music to open minds, change vibes and spread a message of peace and unity shines through in every song and has captured the ears of listeners across all genres as well as promoters throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Dread Daze exudes raw energy on-stage and forges a strong bond with audiences worldwide, while their huge grassroots following and spirit of collaboration make them widely sought after – as evidenced by countless shows in clubs, festivals and other venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Together, Najashi (lead vocalist), Brian Ward/Belfast Posse (guitar/vocals), Donu (drums), DJ Thergood (DJ/percussion), Steve E Ross(bass) Billy (lead guitar) and Zolim form Dread Daze. Their debut album, Di Wall was one of the last albums to be recorded in the infamous Hitsville West, a.k.a. Motown Studios in Los Angeles.
Dread Daze’s band members are an international soup mix from around the world giving them a unique reggae flavor. Najashi who hails from Jamaica contributes the earthy dancehall beats that gets the audience moving. Brian, born in Belfast brings his Irish roots and salty vocals to his passionate lyrics. This collaboration has produced reggae that is rock influenced, modern, yet old school in its delivery style. It’s all about the music. The band refrains from gimmicks and instead uses its artistic talents to pull the audience into their world vision.
Dread Daze’s rhythmic beats get their fans dancing and singing with enthusiasm. The band’s musical influences come from a wide range, such as Steel Pulse, The Specials and The Police. The new EP, Guidance and Direction is available worldwide through all major online music. Dread Daze was recently featured in the world reggae magazine “Irie” and Belgium’s “Reggae B.E.” as seen below.
”For this five track debut-EP, Californian Dread Daze called on Selwyn Brown and Sydney Mills, both keyboardist/vocalist with Steel Pulse, for some ‘Guidance And Direction’. The voice of Northern Ireland-born Brian Ward aka Belfast Brian reminded yours truly, both of Australian band Men At Work’s Colin Hay (‘Equality’) and The Christians’ Gary Christian (‘Protection’). Musically the tracks on ‘Guidance And Direction range from the poppy ‘Protection’ over the rootsy tribute to Martin Luther King ‘MLK’ to the Ska of ‘Equality’ (the most infectious song from the track list) and the instrumental dub of ‘Peace Music’, a song with stylistic similarities to the sound of Revolutionary Dub Warriors.”(Jah Rebel).
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