Brisvegas 8 piece Reggae fusion outfit Dubmarine are doing good things. Their unique sound has translated into critical praise and their incendiary live show has kept the fans coming back. They’ve just released their album Laser Sound Beam, so we caught up to chat all thing Dubmarine…
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
Everything from all of the different forms of dance and bass culture, everywhere, sometimes all at once. A delicious cake made with a bass centre, trombone filling, and conscious lyrical icing.
Who makes up your band? How did you meet?
We need a bigger than average tour bus. We have D-Kazman and Billie Weston on vocals, Paul Watson on bass, Joel Alexander on drums and musical direction, Jeremie Nagabbo on guitar, Mikael Strand on trombone, San Jay Jude on the wall of keys, and Paul Donehue on electronic percussion. We also have the inimitable Will Davey or Heath Storrie piloting the sound for us, which makes a huge difference! The core of the band met, as so many bands do, at a party, basically seeing how long we could play for before the police arrived.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
Actually our earliest influences were a combination of roots reggae and Jamaican dancehall. As things have evolved they have grown along with the changes happening in bass culture music, drum and bass, dub step, grime, trap, and lots of world grooves have all become big contributors to the ideas we draw on
What are you working on at the moment?
Touring! We have a new album out, Laser Sound Beam, so we have switched focus from recording and writing to getting our live show back up to full speed for the upcoming shows. It’s going to be a massive festival season!
Usually folks show up at rehearsal with an idea and we jam on it until we can get some sort of basic form and ideas for the palate of sounds that we will use. Joel is our musical director and arranger, so he will then go away and come back with a bunch of incredible ideas for us and usually within a few rehearsals we will know if it is going to be something we keep or not. Sometimes ideas from the past are reinvented in a totally new way as well. Either way it has always been an enjoyable process for the band, almost a reward after the focus on getting things right on stage.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with? And why?
Tom Waits. Why? Actually this is based on a bit of a post show conversation. Basically what we were saying is that the best covers are the ones where someone takes a song that is massive in one genre and then totally re-translates it for another one. Well this is the same basic idea. It would just be rad to have someone produce or arrange what we do from a completely different perspective to our usual one. Plus just hanging out with him would be awesome.
What do you think about your local music scene?
Amazing. Just going from strength to strength, and a really supportive creative environment, with folks helping each other out and actually acting like a community rather than a bunch of competitors.
If you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
Actually, we are all really looking forward to playing at Island Vibe on Straddie again this year. It really is just magic, the beach is just beside where you play, it’s super relaxed, just a really cool festival to play at.
Seen any good bands lately? Who are you digging?
Kingfisha and Bullhorn! We toured with Kingfisha earlier in the year and they just kill it every single time, and Bullhorn, composed of brass, drums, and a banging MC. It is just huge, worth turning up just to see the mighty sousaphone dealing out crushing brass bottom end.
Any interesting stories?
This has to remain between us, but a band member who shall remain nameless may or may not have inadvertently locked themselves out of their hotel room stark naked during an overseas tour. Unfortunately our efforts at bribing hotel security for the footage were fruitless, and potential viral internet fame eludes us.
Where are you playing next?
18th October – The Standard, Sydney
25-27th October – Island Vibe Festival
2nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne