Offbeat Intros / Interviews

Offbeat Intros is a feature of the show where we introduce a new OR old artist to a hopefully willing and interested audience!

Split into three sections we look into the artists past, there influences and what they have to promote whether it be a single, album, tour or anything else!

Intergalactic Brasstronauts



The Intergalactic Brasstronauts are the brainchild of Sam Thornton and appear on the show ahead of their debut release in July 2021.

Sam joined Andy on the show to talk about the change of musical direction from the days of "King Zepha" and how he is utilizing YouTube and an interesting backstory to gain momentum.

Intergalactic Brasstronauts talked to Andy in Episode #50 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

Rebel Control



A band that literally woke me up and not so literally dragged me to the stage appears in Offbeat Intros this time. Irie Fire have some very catchy tunes indeed and Sareii from the band chats to me, shares some stories and gives a great introduction into the band.

Rebel Control talked to Andy in Episode #49 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

Nile Dawta



Nile Dawta joined the show and talked to me about how music saved her from a boring desk job! We discuss her interest in Black Women's studies and how it has influenced her new tune!

Nile Dawta talked to Andy in Episode #48 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

Rebel Control



Andy Baron of Rebel Control speaks to the show about the band, how things kicked off for them and also gave the chance to learn about and play their new track!

Rebel Control talked to Andy in Episode #47 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

Mellow Mood



Led by twins Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia, Andy asked them about how they decided to start making reggae music, who they have worked with in the past and to give some background into their new track!

Mellow Mood talked to Andy in Episode #46 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

The Launchers



Jim Sole of the Launchers was kind enough to have a chat with Andy in Episode 45 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

A very friendly chap indeed, they spoke about the new song release and a remixed version of their album ... that they gave to strangers and said .. do what you like! Could you do that with your music? It turned out brilliantly though.

The Launchers talked to Andy in Episode #45 of the Offbeat Reggae Radio Show.

Niceness



An incredibly diverse band with a lot of experience, this Colorado band have just dropped a new album!

Andy speaks to Koral, front woman of Niceness to find out more about how the band started and the new album.

This interview appeared in Episode #43 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Half Past Two



REALLY enjoyed this interview. The band "Half Past Two" have been influenced by the bands that Andy used to listen to as a teenager and their music most definitely has elements of all of them!

Tara, lead vocalist and Andy talked about the band starting out, where thie name came from, how they got interest from Reel Big Fish AND their new release!

This interview appeared in Episode #43 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Burnt



The interview was busy (!) as every band member managed to make themselves available for the call! I think I managed to edit together something that made sense 😊

They have a new record out … “Reaching For The Sun” which is frankly … brilliant. We chat about that, the bands history and more!

This interview appeared in Episode #42 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Rebel Vibe



The first interview of 2021. Andy caught up with Steph and Rob of Rebel Vibe.

The band have been creating their debut EP during lockdown, which is no mean feat! Find out how they found the experience and discover two of the songs from that EP.

This interview appeared in Episode #41 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Trenton & Free Radical



Andy spoke to Trenton Birch of Trenton and Free Radical in December 2020.

Offbeat Intros gives the opportunity to discover a new artist and this one is a real treat with collaborations with Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and Lee Scratch Perry! Not only that ... as you discover the back catalogue of Trenton and Free Radical we learn that it's all change as Trenton drops a bombshell!

This interview appeared in Episode #38 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Cali Conscious



All the way from sunny California, Andy spoke to Justin, the lead singer in the band Cali Conscious!

They talked about the band, their mantra for life, music and everything in between. An exclusive offer is there for Offbeat Reggae Radio listeners until xmas day (2020) and there's a very cool story about Steel Pulse.

This interview appeared in Episode #37 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Stop The Presses



Ali and Danny from Stop The Presses are lovely. They kindly dropping in on the show to chat about their Halloween plans as on that day ... the band is 10!

Their recent album is available in coloured vinyl which Andy got a bit excited by and they chat about the Cuban roots of reggae and ska music. Proper interesting!

This interview appeared in Episode #34 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Dakka Skanks



Dakka Skanks are fronted by lead singer, Clara Byrne. Andy had a chat with her about the band in the feature - Offbeat Intros.

Do you know what HARD reggae sounds like? It was an educational time as we learn it is when you throw in dub and punk at the same time as reggae and ska!

This interview appeared in Episode #33 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

The Wise Bloods



The Wise Bloods are fronted by lead singer, Jesse James. He spoke to Andy about the band in Offbeat Intros.

The story of discovering the bands "sound" was more interesting and in places upsetting to hear. It was really interesting learning about the band, how they are keeping themselves busy during lockdown and more!

This interview appeared in Episode #32 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Tasha T



Tasha T has been producing Reggae music for many years now. Born into a Jamaican family but living in Canada her career is very impressive indeed. Learn more about her path to becoming the "Musical Ambassador" as she and our affable host Andy talk in Offbeat Intros.

This interview appeared in Episode #31 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Mr Kingpin



Jon E Bravo, aka Mr. Kingpin, has been writing, recording, and performing ska music for 16 years with Dallas based 2Tone band, Rude King.

Mr. Kingpin is his new musical project with a passion to release authentic Jamaican sounds of the 60's.

This interview appeared in Episode #30 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Scratchylus



Scratchylus was kind enough to pop onto a zoom call and although we don't have the video for you the audio was a treat!

We get a sneak rendition of his COVID-19 tune and a few other bursts of song as we discuss his career and tunes.

This interview appeared in Episode #29 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Papa Michigan



Andy was really pleased to get Papa Michigan on Zoom for a chat about his career. Having been on the reggae scene for 43 years there was a lot to catch up on!

Papa Michigan talked of his time to date plus influences to his music including his good fried Brigadier Jerry!

We speak about casting votes for his song "Jamaica Dance" in the Jamaica Festival Song Contest 2020!

Munay Ki Dub



Andy talked to Rebecca from Argentinian Dub outfit - Munay Ki dub in Offbeat Intros.

Rebecca plays violin, melodica, keyboard, percussion and provides lead vocals for the band alongside Alejo Gonzalez (programming, keyboard, bass, fx, guitar, lead and backing vocals) and Roby Torcello (guitar).

We spoke about their history, clever online gigs they have been part of due to the lockdown / pandemic and plans for the future including their new EP or album coming soon!

King Hammond



When you arrange an interview, you have no idea how it will go. Sometimes the person is chatty, sometimes the ABSOLUTE opposite.

It was a welcome and pleasant surprise to find that Mr Nick Welsh AKA King Hammond not only took control of the conversation but also shared stories of his 40 year career and had outbursts of song occasionally too!

The Indecision



Andy caught up with Rikk (Vocals / Organ / Piano) and Tom (Saxophone) and talked about the 8 piece band and the difficulty in getting them all together for gigs. Even if the gigs are supporting some REALLY impressive artists.

It's a lovely chat with some great tunes. Listen to the full show for the songs but if it's the gab that you want ... click the youtube video 🙂

Lady Tia



Althea Brown, also known as Lady Tia was fed up of being stuck indoors during the initial wave of the Corona Virus. Still, Andy managed to perk her up just as much as her music did the same to him!

We speak about her transition from manager to on stage talent and her new EP - "My Time"

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Ed Rome



A good friend of mine has a new EP to promote so I got him on to have a chat. You've heard from him before as a previous featured artist. Ed Rome talks about his new EP, "Feel No Pain".

Ed Rome is acclaimed writer, recording artist and producer. He has written and recorded many albums in many genres as well as material for other artists and done countless guest spots.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Lopaka Rootz



Andy spoke to the chilled and friendly Lopaka Rootz in Episode 22 of Offbeat Reggae Radio.

Lopaka Rootz is a musical artist, singer, song writer, and lyricist. He hails from Kailua Kona, on the big Island of Hawaii. Born on January 12,1985 in Erie, Pennsylvania and growing up with a mixed plate of ethnicity and cultures.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

White Tiger Society



Andy catches up with Dajla from White Tiger Society in Offbeat Intros. She talks about the collectives musical past and her recent dealings with Steven Marley and The Wailers.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Dubistry



Andy spoke to Dunia and Aram from Dubistry a while back. Included in Episode 20 of Offbeat Reggae radio.

Dubistry pushes barriers. Comprised of veterans of the New York City ska and reggae scene, the Boston funk scene and East Coast soul, Dubistry draws on reggae, punk and jazz, combining club music and art music, island sounds and city streets, into brash, warm songs that could fuel a dance party or a revolution. The combinations feel organic and fresh, yet never too far from their musical roots.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Tree House Fire



Tree House Fire are a 5 piece reggae, ska, rock (and other genres) band. Andy caught up with three of them to talk about the band, the music they like and the future.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

The Kubricks



We spoke about the ska band starting out WITHOUT a brass section - whaaaat? ... also their plans for 2020 PLUS ... we got to play the first EXCLUSIVE radio play of their new single "Criminals".

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

The Young Tree



The Young Tree hail from Italy. Andy was put in touch with them through their marketing guys - Run It Agency.

Leonardo, the bands guitarist was kind enough to have a few words as we discovered the bands music. We spoke about the new album "Borderline" PLUS talked about their influences ... in particular one that turned into a good friend!

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Hassle



Steve initially answered an advert asking for a reggae singer (he thinks he did anyway). That morphed over the years into the reggae / dub outfit known as "Hassle"

They have recently jumped into the limelight due to luck/skill/fluke ... all of the above? With a remix of a King Tubby Track and packaged with one of their own dub tracks ... their EP shot to number one in the iTunes Reggae Chart.

We talk about where the band came from, influences and plans for 2020.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

Matt Hoy



Matt has been a vocalist working with Ali Campbell and Astro for the past 10 years. Stepping in after another interview cancelled. We speak about his friendship with Ali Campbell and experiences with the late John Holt!

More importantly Matt has a solo release and he shared his new single and album with the show.

Find out more ... the full interview is in the video.

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