Vocalist Caleb Hart of Grande Prairie, Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude took some time to answer questions from Halifax’s Natalie Erb about their ongoing Canadian tour, their most recent trip Down Under, and a very special cause. Check it out below!
I saw on your Facebook page that this is your first time touring the Maritimes – Welcome! Any first impressions?
That is correct! We definitely feel welcomed. It’s a beautiful and refreshing place to be! A bit chiller than we anticipated but that’s why we bring the heat in our shows.
You’re currently on the coast-to-coast “Soldiers of Love Recruitment Tour” – Is this your biggest Canadian tour yet?
After almost three months (87 shows) in Australia, you’d think we’d take a break… But why stop? This is our biggest Canadian Tour. Up until a few days ago, the furthest East we had played was Ottawa. Our percussionist Bethanie is a Maritimer so we’ve been excited about this tour since she joined the band late last year.
Tasman Jude give off the vibe that you’re all about spreading love, acceptance, and positivity; does this ever become a challenge when you’ve been on the road for such a long time?
Love is the reason we keep doing what we do. Does it get difficult? Absolutely. Is it a crazy life? Yup! Do we deal with our issues and love each other so that we can love you, too? YOU BETCHA!
You were in Australia earlier this year for a 10 week tour – what’s it like to tour there as compared to Canada? Was it your first tour down under?
Australia is an incredible Country. This was Tasman Jude’s second tour in the land down under. We did eleven shows in two weeks in April 2014 but this Tour was a lot more shows and ground covered. We love it there. They love our music and vibe. We love them right back.
What was your most memorable moment from the Australian tour?
You guys refer to your fans as family. Because of this, do you feel that changes the dynamic between you and your music following?
We have a very tight knit relationship with our fam. Transparency is key. It’s VERY different to the usual separation of fan and band. We’re fans of them. Without our family, we wouldn’t be able to do this. Words can’t explain how grateful we are.
I noticed on the blog that you guys are helping with some fundraising for Giving Back Memories, a Brain Tumour research initiative and you’ve crafted a song titled, “Mario”. How is the fundraising process going?
100% of the ‘Giving Back Memories’ album sales go toward brain tumour research. It will be a while until we find out numbers but we continue to promote the album and GBM initiative in order to raise more awareness
“Green” is your first full-length album – what was the recording experience like for the band?
The Recording experience was very Tasman Jude like… We wrote and arranged songs in the studio and then recorded them as quickly as we could so that we could get back on the road. Produced it ourselves with the help of Nathanel Sterr from Dovefire Studios then got one of our favourite singer/songwriter friends Luke Dowler to mix it. It came out better than we had initially expected it to which was exciting.
And lastly, what can we expect from you guys in 2015?
Tasman Jude play The Carleton in Halifax on May 28th. Get tickets and check out other tour dates on their website.
Interview By: Natalie Erb
The Scene Magazine
When: Friday, April 24th @9pm
Where: Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street
Sydney Â indie rockers Slowcoaster play the Casino’s Free Music Friday show. The extent of my Slowcoaster knowledge is that every kid in my high school loved them. They were the Sublime of my formative years. Because they were beloved in my high school, that meant I had to ignore them, naturally. So today is my first “Slowcoaster experience” and I gotta say, they’re pretty dope. Mainly rock but with that reggae/ska sound peppered here and there. Chill musically and hey, its a free show, so y’all might as well support the locals.[youtube id=”77tpuzn3bAw” width=”620″ height=”360″]
Who: Dub Kartel
When: Friday, March 20th @9pm
Where: The Seahorse Tavern/Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street
Reggae hip hop group Dub Kartel from Halifax headline The Experiment this Friday. The Marquee and Seahorse are putting on a two floor party with 8 different acts. Its going to be bonkers and y’all should be there. As for the Dubs, a chill set filled with reggae tunes awaits. A fusion of world instrumentation, hip hop beats and booming horns make for a unique sound from this 7-piece band. Get there early or get your tickets in advance cause it’ll cost more at the door (apparently) and should be a hot ticket regardless. Groovy.[youtube id=”nSkmGlF1Xdg” width=”620″ height=”360″]
A Tribe Called Red At The Danforth – POTW
Who: A Tribe Called Red
What: First NationÂ powwow-steppers from Ottawa (Bear Witness, 2oolman and DeeJay NDN) stop in Toronto’s Danforth this Friday. The trio fuses traditional Pow Wow with contemporary dance music consisting of electronic, hip hop, reggae, and dubstep.
When: Friday Nov. 07, 2014
Where: The Danforth
147 Danforth Ave
Afterparty: DJ Set with Yes Yes Y’All DJs
69 Bathurst St
Details: 19+ (Doors at 7pm)
Ticket Info: HERE
Matzka — El Mocambo — CMW 2014
Who: MATZKA – Hearing Taiwan showcase
From: Taitung, Taiwan
Where: El Mocambo (upstairs)
When: May 8th, 2014
TOTAL SCORE: 9
Style: Ska-influenced reggae with traditional Taiwanese elements
The Crowd: A full house
Technicalities: Their set was delayed a few minutes by some technical difficulties, but the show that followed more than compensated.
Memorable Song/Moment: The lead guitarist ripping into a funked-out version of the Wedding March during an interlude in the comedic love song ‘I Love You, No Ha-ha’.
Sex Appeal/Image: MATZKA scores significant hotness points on the grounds of sheer talent alone– and on top of that, they’ve got the classic ska look down to a T.
Comments: MATZKA has earned significant critical acclaim throughout Taiwan since their debut in 2009, including winning the Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival’s battle of the bands, landing a Golden Melody “Best Band” Award, and even opening for Guns ‘n’ Roses. The group seamlessly incorporates elements of ska, rock, reggae, native Taiwanese music, and the occasional hint of neo-funk, into an unforgettable and irresistibly catchy international fusion.
MATZKA’s performance was nothing short of air-tight. The group pulled off impressive timing changes, a capella vocal harmonies, and rapid-fire breakdowns without a hitch. Falsetto backup vocals, distortion-heavy bass slides, Rage Against The Machine-esque funk interludes, and choruses which had the whole audience singing along were just some of the highlights of their set.
While MATZKA adds a diverse variety of influences to their Caribbean-inspired sound, they maintain an appreciation for the roots of classic reggae and calypso. The instrumentals were often more reminiscent of Sublime or The Voodoo Glow Skulls than of Bob Marley, but MATZKA’s vocals stayed consistently true to the smoothness of reggae giants like Sizzla and Eek-A-Mouse. It’s a long shot for any fusion-based group to successfully combine different styles while still doing justice to all of them, but MATZKA has done just that.