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Can We Expect a Full-length Album from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Skrillex ?

Posted in Music News, News with tags , , , , , on Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

Ever since the Dubstep revolution took over last year I have wondered when a collaboration worth talking about would happen between a well-known reggae artist and a worthy electronic artist. The two genres are a perfect match for each other so I tend to wonder why it took so long for it to happen.

A few months ago, while I was on my writing hiatus, it happened. The supposed king of Dubstep, Skrillex and the master lyricist, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley teamed up on the track “Make it Bun Dem” back in April of this year and ensued to make musical magic. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s ability to lay down a Rasta sounding flow over the top of the hard-hitting electronic music of Skrillex is a marriage that should produce a child. This child being a full length album. They have just planted the seed with this single and hopefully they will not abort before something great can come of this. In the past, Marley has shown the ability to cross into other genres with great success. In 2010, he teamed up with Nas to make one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all-time, Distant Relatives.

We can only hope that the positive vibes around “Make it Bun Dem” will trigger them to collaborate on a full length album.

Grammys: Excited or Disappointed?

Posted in Music News, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Sunday, January 15, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

With this year’s Grammy Awards coming up in less than a month I am unsure if indie rock and electronic music fans should be excited or disappointed in the recent popularity gains in the past few years. Just last year Arcade Fire won Album of the Year for The Suburbs. This was one of the first signs that other forms of music were gaining a mass popularity.

Now this year, you have Skrillex breaking through with the music genre and in your face sound of dubstep. The electronic artist is up for 5 Grammy’s this year, an unprecedented number for any artist in the electronic music industry. Bon Iver  the popular indie rock group fronted by Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s own Justin Vernon is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist to name a few. The Grammy community must think that he is a new artist because they just discovered his music or his music has gained enough popularity that we will now acknowledge you. Bon Iver’s music has been making sweet love to my ears since 2008 so it really isn’t new to me or anyone else who has had their ears violated by Bon Iver’s music. The song “Holocene” is one of my favorites from 2011 so I can see why it has elevated them to Grammy status.

What are the contributing factors to why these artists are gaining popularity? In my opinion, technology happened. As many people leave their normal avenues to discover new music this trend is going to continue. The addition of Sirius XM into many people’s homes, workplaces and automobiles has helped spread new musical knowledge. Also, music sites such as Pandora, Last.fm, Spotify and Rdio(just to name a few) have also helped in the discovery of these artists and bands. The only thing I can see good out of all this is that I might actually tune in on February 12. Will you be watching?