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The best kept secret in music

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6/27/04
Occasionally hybrid bands—ones that fuse a variety of styles into one—lack focus and direction, opting for a “unique” sound more than a focus of songwriting. Not the case with Pasha whose focus is tight songcraft and musicianship first with a fusion of reggae, pop, and world music. Bass is at the forefront of this three song strong demo, as you’d expect from dub and reggae with headnodding approval. Vocals are a strength and never a distraction from the rest of the mix, which is impeccable and could be lauded on its own. The underlying grooves and mixture of sounds emanate Jamaica and Brooklyn all at once, which perhaps not just gives it worldly appeal but a sense of its own utter greatness. If you’re a label looking for the next hot thing, then look no further; if however you’re just a gentleman or lady looking for great groove-oriented soul petting then consider “Trois” your next essential.

- J-Sin - Smother.net


8/15/04
Pasha is a great fusion of reggae, funk, jazz, and rock. Their music is so amazing, and they are a very cool bunch of guys.
The small stage provided an intimate set.
My favorite song from them is So Wild, the unique beats, and Michael’s ultra-sweet, reggae voice makes this a fantastic song, you won’t stop playing it.
Visit their website to see when they play next!

- mebeeb.com


6/18/04
Music Industry News named Pasha's EP, Trois "Best of the Batch", their single "Seed" was named "Editor's Pick". - Mi2N.com


Discography

Ep- Trois
released 05/04

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

In 1997, Will DiMartino (guitar) placed an ad in the Village Voice looking for a lead vocalist. Earlier that year, he had toured with the band Oly Gungu Fiest, opening for Junior Reid nation wide. Coming off of that tour, he was interested in starting a reggae fusion band and needed a vocalist who shared similar influences of reggae and rock, such as U2, Sade, and Burning Spear.

He found that vocalist in Michael Arcangel, and the band Crimson was formed.
Crimson played all over the Tri-State area, concentrating on the New York City, downtown club scene, playing such clubs as CBGB's and The Wetlands. It was here that Michael honed his skills as a vocalist.

Over the years, due somewhat to the great music that came out in the late nineties and early 00's by such bands as Radiohead and Coldplay. , the two began pairing up without the band to satisfy their cravings for sexy, soulful, rock. They also continued to work on separate projects of their own.

During this time, Michael recorded a Reggae-Electronica album with the trio Ghosts In Flavours. They captured some intriguing music, and signed to the Ukrainian-NYC based label Proforma Records. The CD, “Unsweetened” was released in early 2000 and remains an enigma in Europe.

Around this time, Michael and Will met Rodney "Okai" Fleurimont, a talented young lyricist and drummer/ percussionist. At the time, he was playing with the eclectic, hip-hop band JC1. The trio soon found themselves playing the same venues and attending the same jam sessions. They quickly developed an appreciation for each others’ talents and style.

Jacob Martinez (bass) and his brother Michael have been writing and performing music together since childhood. In June of 2003, Jacob started jamming with Michael and Will. There was an immediate understanding musically between him and Will. It wasn't long before Jacob knew that the trio had something extraordinary, and suggested that they take this sound and run with it.

Jacob, Will, and Michael, with the addition of Rodney, formed Pasha in September of 2003. Pasha is what music should be: Seductive and unpredictable. Each member of Pasha adds exactly what the song needs. Nothing more, nothing less…