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The wallop of winter will soon be slowing. Before we know it, we will once again be able to feel the sun instead of just squinting at its reflection off the snow. In the meantime, there is one thing that makes us forget that it's still winter outside: Reggae music inside.

EastWave Radio front man Dave Gagne credits the Island influence in his music to his parents who played in Reggae bands as he was growing up. A Hallowell native, Dave began to beat his musical path at the age of five on his first instrument, a drum set. His parents played in a band with Winston Grennan, a Jamaican drummer most famous for creating the 'One Drop' drum sound made popular by Bob Marley. Grennan is known for session work spanning the 60's, 70's and 80's with icons such as Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff.

After suffering some damage to his hearing, Dave put down the drumsticks and began his evolution to guitarist, singer/songwriter and frontman.

"I became a bass player - and that didn't work - in a Styxx cover bandÊ in high school.Ê I stopped playing the drums because I messed my ears up. I was hearing a lot of ringing and all that...losing my hearing."

Along with the occasional one-drop, the heavy bass lines and the skank, Dave's musical palate leans more toward indi-rock and alternative influences than reggae.

"I can't say I listen to much reggae now but I listen to a lot of other alternative music. I think just because I play reggae well - I think that influence from other styles plus playing reggae creates an original sound."

That original sound will be available this spring with the release of the band's debut E.P. The E.P. features the trio's current line up of Johnny Venom (bass, backing vocals) and Eddie Dickhaut (drums) with Dave in the studio.

Eddie Dickhaut has played in well-loved Portland projects such as Zion Train and The Nigel Hall Band. He spent some time in Nashville living the life of a touring musician before returning to Vacationland and the Portland music scene.

Johnny Venom returned to his home state of Maine after spending several years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he earned his degree in Music. He has played in several local projects including my own, A Moving Train and The WBLM Band.

Together Dave, Johnny and Eddie have a sound that trumps the size of their ensemble. It's the kind of music that makes you forget the snow and your troubles and reminds you how to let loose and dance.

By Jaye Drew, freelance writer
- MaineToday.com


"Film and Theater Director Morgan Murphy says, 'His acting is honest, risky and energetic and his dancing is cool, but his music is top shelf. We're sure we can safely say that he is one of America's best young musical artists today. This young master of contemporary music has what it takes to climb the industry. He is magnetic on stage and camera. He has a fan base who already knows his lyrics by heart. Keep your eye out for the name." - New Hamptom School


Discography

EastWave Radio's debut EP "Soulful Noise", recorded and mixed at Halo Studios by Jon Wyman, released April 2009.

Full length album will be released in early summer 2010.

David Gagne - Songwriter
Along with the music video "Sty", for which he won two awards, David published a CD entitled "Man with No Name." He released this in 2004 at 17 years old. You can hear more clips and the video on his website at http://www.davegagne.net. In 2005, he also wrote and produced the theme song for "Freedom State", a critically acclaimed independent film. To hear this song, go to the address below and click on "download theme song." This will take you to itunes where you can purchase the song for $0.99
http://www.freedomstatethemovie.com/

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EastWave Radio was first formed by singer & guitarist Dave Gagne in 2006. Carrying on the reggae traditions of his musician parents, he formed his own band fusing roots reggae with more contemporary influences like Sublime, 311, The Police and The Clash. Through 2006 and ’07, EastWave Radio was a revolving cast of players, but in early 2008 the lineup solidified with drummer “Steady” Eddie Dickhaut and bassist/vocalist Johnny Venom. The band quickly grew a large fanbase with their popular performances every Sunday night at the Oasis nightclub in Portland Maine.

EastWave Radio is proud to release their debut EP “Soulful Noise”, and has a busy schedule year round, appearing at clubs, festivals and other venues around Portland, ME and New England. Fusing old and new school reggae with a variety of other genres, EastWave Radio delivers high energy reggae and rock every time they hit the stage.