PM Dawn

PM Dawn

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Biography

Since 1990, P.M Dawn has been redefining and challenging musical boundaries. Prince Bes haunting, whimsical, alto voice behind the smash debut single Set Adrift On Memory Bliss influenced everything from this eras boy bands to Puffys Mase-Notorious B.I.G./Sting apocalyptic new hip hop swing. Joining forces with his cousin, Dr. Giggles (who brings a refreshing comedic twist to the groups live performance), the group sampled a popular ballad from Spandau Ballet and set the world on fire. P.M. Dawns debut album Of the Heart, Of the Soul and Of the Cross sold millions of records worldwide and launched the New Jersey duos roller coaster ride of fame and misunderstandings. Now with enough drama behind them for a whole season of Behind the Music, P.M. Dawn is ready to change the game again with P.M. Dawn Loves You , making their own brand of music on their own label Karmis Music.

P.M. Dawn is an abbreviation of the idea that In The Darkest Hour Comes The Light ,says Prince Be in explanation of their name. Being children of the decade that made big shoulder pads and greed the latest accessories, P.M. Dawn vibed off of hip hop, R&B, pop music and rock while always finding solace and joy in music. Because they loved everything, they combined it all together in a big, alternative cocktail and laid their first demo to tape.

At first everyone turned them down because their sound was too hard to define. They finally found a spark of interest with fledgling label Warlock and released a 12-inch. P.M. Dawn left Warlock for greener pastures at boutique record label Gee Street. Next, they found themselves caught off guard when Set A Drift On Memory Bliss was leaked by a radio jock. Soon the whole country was bumping the song and the video propelled it to the next level. P.M. Dawn created a classic record and the term alternative was used to describe the song because it just didnt fit into any categories.

While promoting the album overseas, they experienced a fantasy level of fanfare and celebrity. Be says, That was the most fun I have ever had in my whole life. But music-wise we were doing the same thing were doing now. I was just singing over a rap beat. There were parties, girls, paparazzi, money, fame and more girls, but things were not quite right. Stateside, the hip hop audience was angry with them for lacing their music with white pop culture references and butting heads with other established, hip hop artists. When it seemed things couldnt get any worse, the press added fuel to the multitude of misunderstandings by reporting P.M. Dawn said they werent black. When asked about that controversial period, P.M. Dawn chooses to let their new music speak for itself as a testament to their acknowledgment and love of all music and cultures. However, the Jim Sullivan Syndrome is actually named after their grandfathers struggle to get professional prize fights in the white world of boxing, but back to the story.

While in Europe, Be wrote one of the most beautiful ballads in history, Id Die Without You. The loneliness of his voice paired with the ethereal, multi-layered melodies of the track seemed to give regret a tangible quality that appealed to superstars like Eddie Murphy and Babyface. We were at Eddies house and he told me he was working on a movie about this player that gets played. But the labels distributor hated it and wanted the group to stick to their hit making, formula of rapping and singing on choruses only. P.M. Dawn gave the song to Babyface anyway and the movie Boomerang was a box office monster. The songs success was their insurance against the sophomore jinx. P.M. Dawns second album went gold in the U.S and the Boomerang soundtrack went double platinum. In between follow-up albums and perfecting their signature style, P.M. Dawn worked with everyone from Elton John, to the Backstreet Boys, George Michael and White Zombie. P.M. Dawn made two more albums but again were caught between being embraced by rock, pop or hip hop audiences. Thats when the fun stopped. The albums didnt perform well and the group seemed to vanish into obscurity.

Thats when they made a crucial decision. When we first started we had the same person as our label and our management and they (the label) made a ridiculous amount of money off us. I was not going to do that again. They purchased equipment, learned how to work Pro Tools and built their own home studio P.M. Dawn loves You mixes P.M. Dawn originals with their interpretations of edgy pop standards, all delivered with typically amazing P.M. production style. The original compositionand albums first singleAmnesia is a feel good song reminiscing of lost love and innocence. Tracy Chapmans hit Fast Car takes on a duplicitous meaning when Be personalizes the story from a remorseful fathers perspective. The pseudo-acoustic, hard rocking versions of Bob Marleys No Woman No Cry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge will sonically hypnotize even the most jaded listen

Discography

I'd Die Without You- Single & Boomerang Soundtrack
Looking Through Patient Eyes
Set A Drift (on Memory Bliss)

PM Dawn Greatest Hits CD
PM Dawn - The Bliss Album
PM Dawn - Jesus Wept
PM Dawn - Dearest Christian...
PM Dawn - Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross
PM Dawn - A Watchers Point of View

Set List

Anything from 20 to 60 - 75 minute or more set
Artists hit songs from the 90's plus new music from upcoming album