“Music hits you at different points of your life. It’s a natural thing. You just connect. Which is why I don’t ask people their favorite band, I ask what they are listening to now.”
D.J. Kyriakides, trombonist for DC’s Lucky Dub
This sentiment so accurately conveys the emotional attachment we have to music. Well said, D.J. He and several of his fellow bandmates joined the Copyright Alliance last night at Molly Malone’s on Barrack’s Row for an evening of music and conversation.
The event precedes the band’s debut album release party Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hotel. The album from the BMI songwriters will be available, beginning Saturday, at Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes and Bandcamp.
Lucky Dub formed two and a half years ago and brings together musicians from all over the globe - including California, the Caribbean, New Jersey, Brazil and West Africa. The diversity of influences results in a sound that is true to old-school reggae roots while mixing jazz, funk, and Latin beats for a unique yet instantly familiar vibe. The originality of the music is not accidental, and it wasn’t easily mastered. Says Gordon Daniels, the lead singer and guitarist, “It’s no easy effort to do something original. We could make more money playing weddings and doing covers. It takes a lot of investment to set out and do something original but that was one of the goals we set.”
The album took more than a year of songwriting, recording, mixing and mastering. Now they are hoping all the hard work will be well-received and pay off.
But they are not waiting to give back to the community they now call home – Washington, DC. Even while working day jobs, and reinvesting the proceeds of their live performances into the band’s work in order to be able to take their work to the next level, Lucky Dub are supporting local charities. Recently they played at BMI's Hungry for Music showcase– a local charity event that puts musical instruments into the hands of underprivileged kids. The band also donated a guitar to the charity. The band members explain that they do so because they benefitted from music education growing up, and feel it is important to enable the next generation of musicians to write and perform original music.
John Baker, one of the original founders of the band said about their music: “it is a reflection of the world we want to see, where people from all different walks of life are working together, moving to one beat, and creating a positive sound for all”
The Copyright Alliance shares that vision. Good luck Lucky Dub – we’ll be there to support you on your way.