James Alger, Lead Singer of OneDrop To Perform Live,
Saturday, February 8, 2020 Long Beach • 6 PM to 6:30 PM
James Alger - Vocals Guitar Melodica, Anders Pellmark - Lead Guitar, Mark Cutkomp - Drums, Alex Somerville - Keys, Jehua Evans - Bass, Josh Bacca - Saxophone
Hometown: San Diego, CA
One Drop based in San Diego, California embraces the spirit of classic Roots Reggae and Dub music with a calculated blend of R&B, Pop and Rock subtleties.
A Commentary by Mitch Santell
OneDrop is a fantastic band from San Diego, California. If you have not had an opportunity to see them before, you are in for a special treat this next weekend at the One Love Reggae Festival in Long Beach, California.
Yes, it was a real delight to chat for a view minutes with James Alger, one of the founders, as well as the manager of OneDrop. May this interview inspire you as much as it did me!
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Garret Douglas - Lead Vocals | Chris “DJ Irey” Garcia – Keyboards, Producer
Ricardo Ramirez – Guitar | Alex Bursztyn – Bass | Sam Ward – Drums
Please make sure that you arrive early or at least on time to watch 4th & Orange perform on Friday, February 7, 2020. You are in for a special treat.
Next? Check out this video form 4th & Orange titled "The Girl Next Door!"
Two days ago, I caught up with Garret Douglas by telephone, who shared with me the fantastic journey of 4th & Orange and how they ended up being signed by Atlantic Records. The interview below was a personal exchange, and I sincerely hope that it inspires you as much as the band 4th & Orange inspires me here at Big Reggae Mix!
A personal interview between Garret Douglas & Mitch Santell
(by phone, not for broadcast).
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4th & Orange has fast earned a fervent fan following with its intoxicating hybrid of sound – an inspired and inventive strain spiced by equal parts hip-hop, pop, rock, and cool reggae. The Long Beach, CA-based outfit was co-founded by longtime friends Garrett Douglas and Chris “DJ Irey” Garcia with a goal of merging inspiration from hometown heroes, Sublime, with their own unique style to create something altogether new and utterly irresistible. Tracks like the breakthrough single, “Girl Next Door,” see Douglas’ potent storytelling fused with crafty rhythms and incandescent pop melodies, resulting in an undeniably universal pop approach.
“We're a perfect example of what happens when you grow up in such a diverse place like Long Beach,” says Douglas. “Opposite sounds start to blend, stories range through so many relatable lessons, and differences are almost pushed aside completely so we can figure out how to come together and form a band that will reach almost every type of listener.”
Douglas and DJ Irey’s friendship began while playing high school football, their shared passion for music providing solace from their troubled home lives. Each soon went on to forge their own path in the music industry – Douglas took on the moniker ‘Beach Boy’ and became a successful songwriter, DJ Irey a flourishing producer. The two reunited in early 2019, determined to take their decade of industry experience and put their creative energy into a project all their own.
Taking its moniker from the Long Beach street corner, 4th & Orange made its official introduction by kickstarting summer 2019 with their debut single, “Girl Next Door.” Co-produced by GRAMMY® Award-nominee DJ Flict (Sublime w/Rome, Wiz Khalifa, Lauryn Hill) and Mark Pelli (Magic!, Chris Brown, J Cole), the track – joined by an equally sultry companion video, directed by Michael Garcia (O.T. Genasis, Kodak Black, Dillon Francis) and now boasting more than 2.5 individual views now via YouTube alone – arrived amidst a tidal wave of positive press attention, beginning with an exclusive premiere via Alternative Press, which wrote, “Merging pop elements with reggae in the likes of Sublime, ‘Girl Next Door’ introduces (4th & Orange’s) summery, poolside vibe along with their storytelling style that draws on relatable circumstances from real- life experiences.” “4th & Orange is taking this summer by storm,” raved Earmilk. “For the rest of 2019, we can look forward to the group engaging with fans and providing us with even more music, hopefully sooner than we think.”
Indeed, “Girl Next Door” was swiftly followed by a string of searing summer singles, including “No More Favors,” “Junky,” and “Only You,” the latter of which finds 4th & Orange putting their quintessential SoCal pop-reggae touch on an undisputed classic, originally performed by Yazoo and since covered by a diverse array of artists that spans Enrique Iglesias and Joshua Radin to Kylie Minogue to Selena Gomez. The track premiered alongside an exclusive interview in The Hype Magazine, which wrote, “’Only You’ is a reminder that we’d better hold on to THAT ONE or at some point we’ll be reminiscing about what we let go...one of men’s biggest conversations! If you are fans of Sublime, or Long Beach Short Bus then 4th & Orange is just what the doctor ordered for your daily playlist.” Top Shelf Music said it best: “Simple, succulent, harmonized to a T — ‘Only You’ has it all...Believe us, 4th & Orange will be a household name soon.
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