It all began somewhere back in the early 1980's. For me, it started with ROCK groups like Quiet Riot, Van Halen, KISS and Def Leppard to name a few. Then somewhere around 1983 a neighborhood friend introduced me to RAP music by way of a cassette tape named "Breakdance." Songs from that tape like "Tour De France," "Wheels Of Steel" and "Electric Kingdom" changed my life as I knew it. "I let my tape rock, til my tape popped" as Biggie (R.I.P.) has described is exactly what happened with "Breakdance!" From that point forward I absorbed as much HIP-HOP as I possibly could. Groups like The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Newcleus and The Sugarhill Gang were all talents that I followed and emulated. Turntables that were once used to simply play records in our house were now transformed into "scratching" instruments in part to the arrival of groups like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, UTFO, Boogie Down Productions, Roxanne Shante, Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap/DJ Polo and Kool Moe Dee. These are some of the artists that helped to solidify my true musical foundation. HIP-HOP was king through grammar school and high school, with college adding even more musical diversity.
The 90's influenced me in a major way and this is when my music collection began to see some new additions. The earlier part of that decade included Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction, while the later part involved Widespread Panic, The Grateful Dead, Phish and a host of other new sounds. I was basically immersed in almost every genre of music that also included JAZZ, FUNK, R&B and BLUES. This is a decade that allowed me to pick my (HIP-HOP) head up and really form an appreciation for the differences in music.
The 21st Century added a new flavor with HOUSE and ELECTRONICA. The first portion of the decade (2000-2003) was a unique existence musically. I spent many a night cruising through til' morning with sounds like Daft Punk, The Crystal Method and Kernkraft 400 while at the same time, a member (percussionist) of a Southern ROCK band. Playing in the band later turned into an opportunity (2008) to play with the son of a Southern ROCK originator, but when that band quickly faded the decision was made. Take every sound that I've embraced for so long, every chapter from the mental hymnbook, incorporate the talented musicians around me and start an experimental project. That project is now known as "beatRED."
Decatur, Georgia based "beatRED" was started only a short time ago with an idea created in a basement studio and a black labeled bottle of smooth brown water. An experimental musician, with a surrounding cast of talented artists, has come about to simply create music that fits whatever mood he happens to be in at the moment. This is a true experiment that is meant to elevate your musical senses. Enjoy!
Written By: beatRED
"Cruise Control" (Single)
"Beat That" (Single)