I'm the bass player for New York City-based ska bands Bigger Thomas (biggerthomas1.bandcamp.com/album/ska-in-my-pocket-the-biggest-bestest-of-bigger-thomas
) and Rude Boy George (rudeboygeorge.bandcamp.com
) and I also write the popular ska and reggae blog Marco On The Bass ( marcoonthebass.blogspot.com)
The inspiration for these 10 songs comes from my love of all things ska and reggae, but I also wanted to pay my respects to DJ culture and artists like Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim, Beats International), Gorillaz (Damon Albarn) and Acid Ska and Big Beat studio artists (Longsy D, Basement Jaxx) who have created unique and entertaining mash-ups that mix sampled vocals and found sounds over traditional reggae and ska bass, guitar and drums.
Since I'm not a singer, I utilize the borrowed vocal talents of many others as my stand in. This gives me a chance to also pay my respects to artists I love and have influenced me. You will hear Joe Strummer and sampled snippets of Terry Hall and Neville Staples of The Specials and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, Craig David, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and numerous reggae artists from the 60's and 70's.
So without further ado, I present to you 'Big Power' for your free downloading pleasure. All comments (good, bad or indifferent) are welcome!