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"The Movement Falls Out"

DJ Riggle of local alternative reggae band speaks on perks of upcoming music fest, catapulting to the big time

By: Alex Riley
Issue date: 10/2/06
Section: The Mix

The Movement will bring its hip-hop-flavored, mixed-up sound to Fall Out, a Columbia music festival Saturday at Capital City Stadium.

1. What does it mean to be playing a festival with as much popularity as Fall Out?

There's no better time for us to be playing it. It's been gone for two years and now they're bringing it back, and they're doing it on a Saturday this year. In the past, they used to do it on Friday, and kids would have to skip school, people would call in to work. This year I think it's going to be great, not just because there are some Columbia bands on it, but its on a Saturday. I think this year's going to be great. Can't wait.

2. What does it feel like to be a hometown product playing at this festival?

We've been around for two and a half years and have just now started to see a lot of recognition in Columbia. To share a stage with Crossfade and Stretch Armstrong, who've taken their acts outside of Columbia, is a pretty big deal.

3. Columbia is infamous producing original sounds - Hootie and the Blowfish, Stretch Armstrong, Crossfade - What do you guys describe as the definition of your distinct sound?

Lately we've been calling it "alternative reggae." But that doesn't really do it justice. Sublime was alternative reggae, but we include a lot more hip hop than that. When we first started, I told people imagine Sublime with more hip-hop, and that was us.

4. What's the biggest thrill of playing Fall Out this year?

The biggest thrill for us might be being the "sore thumb" of the show. All these other bands are either metal or punk or modern rock. And here we come out with the reggae, hip-hop flavor, and we're going to stand out a lot from these other bands. It should be an interesting mix.

5. Could this be the springboard that sends you guys to the national level? Could we be hearing The Movement on syndicated airplay with after something with this much attention?

I wouldn't say this is necessarily the springboard, but there's a good chance it could be. Any show can be the springboard depending on who's in the audience. We've been on some big shows before. Opened for Ludacris and Blues Traveler a few times, been blessed to be on those. But I don't think there's a defining show unless there's a defining audience member. But we'd love to be heard all over the country.
- The Daily Gamecock

"On The Scene | It’s time to move with The Movement"

Posted on Fri, Jan. 27, 2006

Staff Writer

Can you smell that? Yep, The Movement is getting funky.

After spending the past nine months touring the Southeast building a rep, the rap-reggae trio is becoming a go-to band to get a concert hyped.

It’s no wonder then that funk legend George Clinton called on the guys to open for four Southeastern dates. The Movement opens for Clinton in Athens, Raleigh, Hilton Head and Charleston.

Ironically, though, when Clinton plays at Headliners on Feb. 3, The Movement will be in Rock Hill. The Movement next plays in Columbia at Headliners Feb. 11.
- The Sate Newspaper - Columbia, S.C.

"Hailing from Columbia, S.C., The Movement is just beginning to live up to their name."


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Hailing from Columbia, S.C., The Movement is just beginning to live up to their name. Just last month the trio celebrated their one-year anniversary and already they've released an album (2004's "On Your Feet"), played high profile festivals (2005's St. Patty's in Five Points with the likes of Collective Soul and Drive-By Truckers), and signed a management deal with All-In Entertainment. It's been a good year for the hip-hop reggae hybrid.

This week's Flagpole (A-B-C) said this: "The Movement (Ritz) There is a band called the Movement from California and one from Louisiana. As of press time, no info on which - if either - was playing." The fact is, neither is playing. You'll find two guitarists, Jordan (aka Jwadi Jwad) and Josh (Captain Hook) joined by deejay, turntable specialist Jon (Riggle) bringing "simple bass lines, nice drum beats and bomb-ass hooks" to The Ritz this Saturday (opening for Rehab). I spoke with Jordan (the previous quote can be attributed to him) and The Movement is excited to be breaking new ground and exporting their unique sounds beyond their hometown. ...

"It's our first time in Athens, in Georgia really. We hear it's a cool city, a cool little music city," he shared. As for the record, Jordan admitted, "Truthfully, there wasn't much play past Columbia -- we've played shows, but not in North Carolina, the ATL ... that'll change." Only a year ago the band was nothing more than two guitarists and a boombox -- seriously. Despite these humble beginnings the future looks bright for the band that draws influence from The Roots, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, and inspiration from their fans, who, as Jordan said, "come from all breeds and demographics." As for those nicknames, Jordan laughed. "Man, just say something three or four times and you stick to it..."



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Josh Swain, Jordan Miller, and Jon Ruff comprise the Columbia-based trio known as The Movement. Blending the styles of roots and dancehall reggae with hiphop lyricism and catchy hooks, the trio has made some serious noise in its short existence. Josh (aka Captain Hook) and Jordan (Jwadi Jwad the Wordsmither) hold down the vocals, which range from sing-songy to straight up lyrical, as well as the guitars. Jon (aka Riggle) holds down the turntables, providing the backing drum beats and accompanying scratches. The trio released it’s first studio album, entitled On Your Feet, in late March of 2004 and to date have moved more than 2500 copies at shows and online. It features 14 songs and a guest appearance by Lyrikal Buddah. The Movement has been performing quite a bit, and are constantly looking to expand its fanbase. They've opened for Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Blues Traveler, Common, Ludacris, G Love, George Clinton, and Bad Fish to name a few. It was a large 2005 for the guys, and 2006 is looking even bigger...