In a scene where Hollywood glam, surf punk, and b-boy style mingle effortlessly, Rage Area continues to blaze trails in the tradition of other great genre-bending bands out of L.A. like, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Fishbone, N.W.A., and Venice's own, The Doors.
Rage Area is a live dubtronica (electronic reggae) project based in Venice, CA. Their music is influenced by many styles, from reggae/dub, to hip-hop, punk/ska, drum ‘n’ bass and dub step. In their energetic live sets they have been called a combination of Sublime, Outkast, and Thievery Corporation, doing dope originals and fresh mash-ups of hip-hop and reggae classics.
The project was formed in 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area by local producer Thoryn. The name is a play on the bands roots from the Bay and also an anagram for REGGAE. Thoryn was looking to create an innovative channel for his years of songwriting and electronic music production skills, while wanting to push the boundaries of the dub/reggae/electronica genres.
Other members include Ronnie Edwards on bass & guitar, who recently toured as lead guitarist alongside Junior Marvin of The Wailers, L.A. native MC Prose with a smooth delivery and amazing freestyles, drummer Kurt Deninger (Faded Paper Figures, Cipes and the Peoples) with serious skills on the skins, and expert scratching from DJ Earl-E and S.F. based DJ Quest (Handsome Boy Modeling School). Brian Holland joins in gigs on vocals and drums, and collaborations with various female vocalists including Laurnae´, Lady T., and Marr J. Performances include live horns, percussion, harmonica, and wicked 808 thump.
Their E.P. is due out in early 2012, and features performances by:
Junior Marvin of the Wailers
Laurnae´, formerly of Arrested Development
DJ Quest of Handsome Boy Modeling School
The E.P. is currently being mixed and mastered by Jim Fox at LionFox Studios (Israel Vibration, Don Carlos, Rebelution).
Thoryn - Lyrics & Beat Production & Percussion
Ronnie "Tone" Edwards - Bass and Guitar
Prose - Vocals
Kurt Deninger - Drums
DJ Earl-E - Percussion, Harmonica, Turntables
"Venice Dubtronica E.P." Out in Feb.2012
THE LOS ANGELES SCREENING OF BABYLON CENTRAL
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ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE AND SOUNDTRACK Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation announces the July 27th ...ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE AND SOUNDTRACK
Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation announces the July 27th release of his debut film Babylon Central.
Babylon Central is a fictional story from the mind of Eric Hilton and developed into a screenplay by Hilton and Philip Hawken (of ESL) in 2006, debut for both. The film is about a courier by day and aspiring DJ by night who finds himself in an economic power play with a Saudi Prince after forgetting an important delivery.
Throughout the fall of 2006 and the first part of 2007 they used HVX cameras, a borrowed truck full of rental gear and called in every favor they could to create the footage for this independent film.
Over a period of approximately 50 shooting days that included scorching heat in Dupont Circle to freezing temperatures during a nighttime outdoor pool-shoot, the cast and crew of Babylon Central used the backdrop of Washington, DC as a main character in this film.
Upon the completion of principal shooting and over three terabytes of raw digital footage, Director of Photography Robin Bell worked with Hilton for nearly two years editing to create the final cut of the film.
C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice Ca) will be screening the film on Thursday, Sept 9th at The Electric Lodge. There will also be a set by DJ KidGusto & live music by Rage Area. Tickets are $12 in advance & $15 the night of the event.
The music component is also an unspoken film character. As music has been the driving creative force behind Hilton’s career with Thievery Corporation and ESL Music, he carefully selected 42 different songs for the inclusion in the film score. The result is an incredible 17-song soundtrack that includes rare, vintage, out-of print, and previously unreleased sonic gems selected by Eric Hilton.
Grooving fluidly across genres, the Babylon Central Soundtrack features must-have classics like “Leaving Babylon,” a smoky reggae excursion by DC hardcore punk luminaries Bad Brains, “Hang On In There,” a socially charged funk and soul epic by 70’s crooner Mike James Kirland, and “Coming From The Top,” the massive horn- punctuated break beat showstopper by Thievery Corporation.
For more information: www.babyloncentralfilm.com
For more information about the LA screening & tickets:
Film Credits: Directed by: Eric Hilton Written by: Eric Hilton & Philip Hawken Executive Producers: Eric Hilton & Philip Hawken Produced by: Philip Hawken & Sam Stewart Director of Photography: Robin Bell Edited by: Robin Bell & Eric Hilton Sound Engineering by: Chris Garrett & Gianmaria Conti
Sound Track listing:
1. Leaving Babylon - Bad Brains 2. Light it Up - Martin-EZ, feat. Don Wayne 3. Hung Up on my Baby - El Michels Affair 4. Freedom (Zombie Dance remix) - Nostalgia 77 5. 79 rock - The revolutionaries 6. rockers Galore - Western roots 7. Coming From the Top - Thievery Corporation 8. East on West - Povo 9. Hang on in There - Mike James Kirkland 10. Come Live with Me - Dorothy Ashby 11. Finito - Tony Hatch 12. Paz - Troubleman 13. Promise Me - Bias 14. Shiva (Govinda remix) - Thievery Corporation 15. The Putney - Butch Cassidy Soundsystem 16. I Chase the Devil - Max romeo 17. Amerimacka (TC remix) - Thievery Corporation
CAVE/BABYLON CENTRAL SCREENING
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5. No no no
6. Red Lipstick
7. Valley of Evill
9. Hollywood Haze
There are no upcoming dates at this time.