The Dharma Initiative
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The Dharma Initiative

Hampton, Virginia, United States | SELF

Hampton, Virginia, United States | SELF
Band EDM Reggae


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"VEER Magazine Local Music Awards"

Great harmonies between Zach and Megan with an oddly appealing melody...Way cool vibes. - Jeff Maisey- Publisher/Editor,VEER magazine

"The Dharma Initiative – The Constant"

The Dharma Initiative’s debut release, The Constant, courses with the honed skill sets of a more seasoned group. From the song/music writing, through the musicianship and the vocal harmonizing of Zach Moats (Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Synth Bass and Lead, Melodica) and Megan Sloggie (Vocals, Piano), hinge-pinned by the drumming of Michal Harvey, a mature level of craftsmanship is evident. The Constant is equally satisfying from start to end, and that’s a trait often hard to find in today’s market full of less consistent efforts.
The Constant is a thick menagerie of weighty musings ready for an ear hungry for a lesson on a well-lived life; anyone looking for lighter fodder will have to ignore the songs contained therein. On “Do no Harm,” Sloggie’s calming vocals guide the listener through the story of a relationship that finds itself on the rim of inevitable change. In turn, Moats’s smooth serenade (“Easy Love”), about the necessity of a companion in life (easy, or not), takes the lead over his melodica talents on a reggae tinged pillar that finds itself running through wonderfully disparate musical tangents.
A personal favorite is a song that has found new life in this band. “Next Stop Symphony” is a remnant from Moats’s previous band (The Prisoners), and it’s nice to hear life still beating through this particular creation. Holding solidly to its reggae roots, the song is also more progressive in its changes, although it’s still sifted through an airy dub style that is a remnant of the song’s past.
“Hearts and Minds” hints at where The Dharma Initiative might find itself as it grows and develops a unique voice. At times deeply funky, at times a trippy calypso treat, Moats and Sloggie braid their vocals without either one taking an obvious lead, and the final twine is stronger for the give and take. Harvey’s drumming is also allowed to stretch, showcasing a drummer on the rise in his own right. In an album full of possible stars, this track is undeniably unique and potentially defining.
“Megan’s Song” features Moats’s unabridged skills as a singer, songwriter, and a simple man at the keys. It’s easy to picture him alone on a lit stage, plucking away and singing about the need to grab a moment before it’s a victim of time. All of the effects of modern musical technology aside, it’s hard to hide behind an ordinary piano and a voice loosed from the Wizard of Oz magic of a computer-tweaked microphone; to operate in this naked format is the sign of a true artist, and Moats has shown off a bit on this particular track, simply by being so open to a naked run in front of us all.
It’s rare for one to cite having been privileged enough to catch a great band at its start, but The Dharma Initiative is fresh and full of those basic building blocks that can make a band thrive, those blocks being song/music writing, musicianship, creativity, and the nerve to lay one’s emotions and skills bare for the world to critique. Plenty of bands have some of these attributes, but this band is lucky enough to possess them all in excess, and given enough persistence, that combination of elements often leads to a constant that cannot be easily impeded.
- Independent Review 6/25/2011 - by Jeremy Sanchez (Freelance Music Journalist – Relix Magazine/Jamban

"Reggae-tinged Rock from The Dharma Initiative"

Williamsburg musicians Zach Moats and Megan Sloggie perform locally as The Dharma Initiative, a unique group that mixes reggae, keyboard pop and electronic music into a cohesive whole. The band recently released "The Constant," an 11-track disc that's full of fine playing, good writing and tasty vintage keyboard sounds. Sloggie and Moats are both keyboardists and they share vocal responsibilities -- taking turns singing lead and harmony. To make "The Constant," Sloggie and Moats headed to Pecan Hill, a Gloucester-area studio run by Bill Sommerville. Drummer Michael Harvey joined them. The resulting album shows off The Dharma Initiative's talent for strong melodies and unusual, mildly trippy soundscapes. "It was just the two keyboards and drums, with me playing the bass parts with a synth," Moats said. "We did only minor overdubs. We wanted to get the live sound on the record as much as possible. - Sam McDonald - Mix Position (Art and Entertainment Editor - Daily Press, Newport News, Va)


The Constant - LP (2011)



The Dharma Initiative is unlike anything you've ever heard. This band out of Hampton Roads, Va exercises their ability to deftly maneuver through genres and styles while delivering soulful and emotion-laden music. Lose yourself in the deep grooves, soaring melodies, and poignant lyrics. Lead vocalist Megan Sloggie will entrance you with her crystalline vocals while co-writer Zach Moats pulls impressive double-duty on Fender Rhodes and Synth Bass, all the while drummer Michael Harvey provides a rock-solid backbone that will keep you moving from start to finish.
Unlike most groove-based acts, The Dharma Initiative does not employ loops, pre-recorded tracks, or samples. Instead they hand-craft their intricate sound in real time creating intricate layers that play off each other with new energy in every performance.
For all of those looking for music that will move their body AND spirit- The Dharma Initiative has answered the call.