Jay Okesene & The Dubtronics

Jay Okesene & The Dubtronics

Otara, Auckland, NZL
BandEDMReggae

Mix hard hitting electronic music to reggae sounds, with heavy bass lines, soulful lyrics and catchy melodies and you have DuBtronica. Jay also blends soulful acoustic ballads in between. He weaves a fusion of live instrumentation with a DJ that guarantees head nods, toe taps and fist pumps!

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Biography

Take a splash of electronic madness, mix in the goodness of acoustic instrumentation and you have the makings of something special Jay Okesene & The Dubtronics!

Jay has taken Drum n Bass, Dub reggae, Dance/Electronica and Hip Hop, thrown them into a pot to cook up some delectable Dubtronica. Creative influences come from Jays local surroundings of the South Pacific the sights, sounds aromas and vibes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This line up of Brass Section, Guitar & Bass, DJ and Vocals has brought its infectious energy to many local gigs and festivals around New Zealand. Pasifika festival in Auckland (2009/12), The Auckland International Carnival (2010), Parachute Festival in Hamilton (2011-13), The City Showcase festival in Napier (2012) and the Brisbane edition of the Scorcher Festival in Australia (April 2013).

Releasing the 7 track EP We Bring The Noise in March 2011, the single Light debuted the following month in the Top 20 for Auckland electronic radio station UP FM and the single Run being picked up in 2013 by Tomasian Entertainment in New York for the compilation 'For The Love of Dub'.  The single This Time (This Place) was also picked up by Quicksilver for their 2013 summer fashion season. The second EP is in its final stages of recording and promising to offer more up lifting feel good music that is designed to be enjoyed in any season.

Often described by listeners as a cross between Fat Freddys Drop and Shapeshifter with everything in between, this is one Artist to look out for!

Lyrics

Run feat Heemi Templeton

Written By: Jay Okesene/Heemi Templeton

ON THE RUN TO THE SUN YEAH
IN A RAGE TURN THE PAGE YEAH
FOR WHO'S IN LIFE LET'S HAVE SOME FUN
SO LET'S RUN OH LET'S RUN

CONFUSED AM I DON'T TELL ME LIES
MY SOUL IT CRIES DON'T ASK ME WHY
RETRACT THE LINE THAT'S IN MY ARM
OH LET'S RUN OH LET'S RUN

LIGHT

Written By: Jay Okesene

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE DARKNESS TRIES TO DO
COS IT CAN'T HIDE AGAINST LIGHT
AND IT CAN'T WIN AGAINST LIGHT

EVERYTHING AROUND ME TRIES TO PULL ME DOWN
AND BLIND ME TO THE POSSIBILITIES
IT DARKENS MY OUTLOOK ON DAYS
AND PINS ME TO THE GROUND
I JUST NEED SOME HELP TO BE RELEASED
BUT I SEE ON YOUR HORIZON
MISTY COLORS BRIGHTLY SHININ'
A RAY OF HOPE IS DAWNING RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES
YOU HAVE SHOWN THE WAY TO MAKE IT
AND IT'S THERE FOR ME TO TAKE IT
I'LL SUCCEED COS I HAVE YOU HERE BY MY SIDE

GIVE ME LIGHT TO HELP ME FIND MY WAY
GIVE ME STRENGTH TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
GIVE ME PEACE TO UNDERSTAND MY CAUSE
GIVE ME LIGHT TO SEE THAT I AM YOURS

Family

Written By: Jay Okesene

I COULD NOT DO WHAT I DO WITH NO ONE AROUND ME
BUT ON MY ISLAND I SIT ALONE
I TURN AND SEE YOU YOU'RE SITTING BESIDE ME
YOUR SOUL IS OPEN AND SET IN STONE
MY FAMILY

THIS CHARACTER ACQUIRED DESIGNED FROM HOME FIRES
THEY'RE BURNING MEMORIES IN MY MIND
BRING ME INTO THIS STORY
OOH YOU'RE MY HISTORY
WE'RE DESCENDED FROM SPIRITUAL ROYAL LINES
MY FAMILY

WE ALL KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL THE SAME
BY COLOR OR CREED RED BLOOD'S IN OUR VEINS
SO LET'S CARE FOR EACH OTHER LET LOVE REIN SUPREME
I'M THE SAME AS YOU YOU'RE THE SAME AS ME
UNITE THE WORLD AS ONE
COS YOU'RE A PART OF MY FAMILY

This Time (This Place)

Written By: Jay Okesene,Faingaa Taufa

IT'S PENT UP INSIDE DON'T YOU DARE LET IT HIDE SO LET THE WORLD LISTEN
YOU'VE GOT A VOICE SO PLEASE MAKE IT YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE THE WORLD LISTEN
WHEN YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY
DON'T LET THE WORLD TAKE IT AWAY
STAND AND BE COUNTED FOR LOVE AND FOR TRUTH
YOU'LL BE THE DIFFERENCE TODAY

THIS TIME THIS PLACE
WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT HAPPEN

I KNOW IT SEEMS SO HARD TO SEE THE JOY THROUGH ALL THE PAIN
AND RISE ABOVE THE PRESSURE
JUST STAND TALL AND HOLD ON TO MOVE ON YOU MUST BE STRONG
THE LESSON'S WHAT YOU'LL TREASURE
DON'T LET THE HATE BRING YOU DOWN
YOU'RE THE BEST YOU TO EVER BE FOUND
SO LIVE OUT YOUR DREAMS IT'S NOT AS HARD AS IT SEEMS
YOU'LL NEVER FEEL MORE ALIVE

THIS TIME THIS PLACE
WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT HAPPEN

AS THE SAYING GOES THE WORLD AINT SUN AND RAINBOWS
YOU'RE TRYING TO PUSH HARD EVEN THOUGH THE PAIN ROLLS
YOU TAKE THE HITS AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD
PERSEVERE AND YOU'LL SEE REWARDS
SPEAK YOUR VOICE AND DON'T KEEP IT LOW
SPEAK UNTIL YOU CAN'T BREATHE NO MORE
COS IF YOU DELAY WHEN ALL THINGS GO WRONG
IF YOU DO IT TODAY THEN MOST THINGS WILL SOW
AH LIFE'S PAINFUL AND THE BURNS THEY CUT LIKE CHAINSAW
OR A FLAME THROWER THAT GOES AWOL
BUT JUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON WHAT YA AIM FOR
KEEP FIGHTING UNTIL YOUR OPPONENT IS DOWN
HEY NEVER GIVE UP NEVER THROW IN THE TOWEL
I KNOW THAT IT'S TOUGH BUT YOU STICK EVERY ROUND
COS YOU'LL BE ON TOP LIKE YOU WERE PACQUIAO

THE PLOW

Written By: Jay Okesene

IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE A SHIFT IN DIMENSION
MOVING ONTO DIFFERENT PLANES OF EXTENSION
PUSHING THROUGH BOUNDARIES LIKE NEVER BEFORE
WE STAND FOR THE RIGHT WE STAND FOR THE CORE
TO MOVE FORWARD WE NEED THE PAST
TO SIT IN OUR PRESENT AND TO GUIDE THE CAST
AND TO THROW THIS LINE TO THE HANDS OF OUR YOUTH
AND BREATHE IN THE FRESHNESS OF AN AGE OLD TRUTH

JUST LET IT GO

ON BEHALF OF THE NEXT WILL YOU LET IT GO
WILL YOU STAND IN HUMILITY AND LET IT GO
I'M ASKING YOU TO PASS IT ON AND LET IT GO
LET IT GO LET IT GO LET IT GO
WE CAN BE TRUSTED WE CAN BE TRUE
WE HAVE THE SAME PURPOSE JUST LIKE YOU DO
THE METHOD MAYBE DIFFERENT BUT THE CAUSE THE SAME
DON'T BE QUICK TO JUDGE OR FAST TO BLAME

TELL ME WILL YOU BELIEVE IN ME
LIKE I BELIEVED IN YOU
WILL YOU HELP ME WITH THE THINGS I DO
TO GET IT THROUGH TO GET IT THROUGH

RELEASE THE PLOW
TO BRING ABOUT A NEW DIRECTION
RELEASE THE PLOW
COS THE NEXT BIG THING IS FROM THE NEXT GENERATION
RELEASE THE PLOW
CHANGE IS COMING CHANGE COMING
RELEASE THE PLOW
LET IT GO LET IT GO LET IT GO

Discography

"We Bring the Noise EP"
1. Run feat Heemi Templeton
2. The Plow
3. The Places
4. You
5. Be Mine
6. Light
7. We Bring the Noise

Set List

The set list may contain a combination of the below or if time allows the whole list

Away (dub reggae)
Family (dub reggae)
The Plow (dub reggae)
Make You Love Me (reggae)
Changes (dub reggae)
Run (dub house)
Hard to let Go (breakbeat)
This Time This Place (dance)
She Said (pop)
For You (pop)
Be Mine (pop)
You (acoustic)
Riverside (drum n bass)
We Bring the Noise (drum n bass/hip hop)
What You Know About That (drum n bass/ hip hop)
Can't Stop Now (drum n bass/ hip hop)
Light (drum n bass)
The Places (drum n bass)
We Can Change The World (dubstep)
Wake Up (dubstep)