United Vibrations

United Vibrations

 London, England, GBR
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 UV are the UK's 1st 12tone band. This is a new genre coming out of  London. It is a dance music that draws its inspiration from new and old rhythms, destroying the boundaries between 'urban', 'rock' and  'jazz' music. Think Afro-Punk........

Biography

Yussef Dayes : Drums - At 17 yrs of age Yussef is the Youngest member of UV. Playing with his elder brothers since the age of 4, drumming is not a hobby but a lifestyle for this young prodigy. More recently he has had lessons from the legendary Billy Cobham, helping him to hone his raw talent into a dynamic cocktail of, jaw dropping technical ability, youthful energy and pure FIRE. His style of playing can only be described as ferocious. Think Tony Allen on steroids. Big beats and intoxicating grooves are the hallmark of this truly unique rhythm section. The synthesis of Afro-beat, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Rock, Funk, Punk and just about all modern dance music is made possible by the sheer audacity, imagination and natural flow of this rhythm section.

Kareem Dayes : Bass & Vox – If Yussef is the fire of the rhythm section, than Kareem is the earth. Less eye-catching, but equally proficient, with his technical ability, Kareem’s abilities are expressed equally through playing and composing. From Mahler to Marley, he his well versed in both the traditions of European and Afro music. Trained as a classical cellist, he has performed in the Barbican leading the London Schools Symphony Orchestra’s cello section. It is this broad musical heritage and seeing the polarized nature of the music scene, yet the unity within the underlying foundations of ‘good’ music, that has inspired him to appropriate the term ‘12-tone’ to describe the music he and his peers are making. This ‘united’ perception is expressed through his lyrics, composition and bass playing, which not only grooves, but sings.

Wayne Francis : Sax & Vox - Wayne is the newest member of the band, but within 2 years, he has developed an understanding and kinship with them that is equivalent to that of any life long brotherhood, such is the beauty of music. Not only has he gelled with the three brothers, he has improved them. His saxophone playing is second to none. It was whilst studying at the prestigious Trinity College of Music (where Fela Kuti, one of the bands main influences, also studied) where he met Kareem via the network of Jazz musicians in London. Introduced to the rest of the band, they immediately clicked. Not only is Wayne a Virtuoso saxophonist, but he is also a keen composer and lyricist, as demonstrated on the B-side, ‘Journey’ , where he astutely, and charismatically delivers a piece of spoken word in each verse. Through UV he has found a project through which he can express the full spectrum of his imagination, beyond that of a traditional "jazz" saxophonist.

Ahmad Dayes : Trombone & Vox – The ‘godfather’ of the band. Ahmad founded United Vibrations in 2004. Bringing together a group of musicians with the aim of bringing the LIVE element back to “Urban” and “Black” music. Inspired by Drum ‘n’ Bass and his love for Reggae, he wanted to start something that would bring a fresh take on the British music paradigm. Trained as an engineer, with his colleague Jesal Padia, he has built up his own studio in order to realize his dream. ‘RA!’ is a product of this studio, which promises to deliver many a great record for a very long time. Not only is Ahmad the facilitator of the band but, along with Wayne, he gives UV that authentic, uplifting sound of a wicked Brass section. Ahmad masterfully marshals the horns to great effect and combined with the big beats from his younger brothers, UV create a sound that is truly exceptional.

The initial idea for appropriating the term ‘12 Tone’ (Confused? so we were we, more on that in a bit) came out of playing with United Vibrations and talking to fans. Who could come up with a genre for this band? Ska, hip hop, funk, experimental jazz, soul, afro-beat they’ve had them all pinned to their chests, but to keep listing all these styles on a flyer became a nightmare as Kareem explains: ‘We reached the point of, ‘what are we going to call our music?’ for practical reasons!’

Well, unless you are a music geek who knows that ‘12 Tone’ is an early twentieth century phrase used to describe Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, who was part of the atonal movement that looked to break down the diatonic rules of harmony... then like us, you’ll be asking the question, ‘What IS ‘12 Tone?!’ Kareem attempted to enlighten us poor ignorant sods: ‘I am fascinated at how harmony changed during that period... then there’s the 2 Tone thing in the eighties where they mixed British and Jamaican music. London is our inspiration, but now it’s not just Jamaican and British, the whole world’s here!’

We’re following him so far, but then the big-haired 22 year old throws in this curve ball: ‘We’re extending the 2 Tone to 12 and then extending the whole 12 thing beyond the harmony, to the cultural, and that amalgamation of different things... the music connects them. Nothing is ever original, we are just remixing what came before. It’s our own remix!’ Phew.

Kareem is joined in the band by his older brother trombonist Ahmad and youn

Lyrics

Ra

Written By: United Vibrations

RA

Discography

DEBUT SINGLE: 'RA'
BSIDE: JOURNEY

RADIO PLAY:

GILES PETERSON - RADIO BBC 1

DONN LETTS - RADIO BBC 6

JOHN KENNEDY - XFM

TREVER NELSON - 1XTRA

THEO PARRISH

Set List

MOTTO
MAYA
NO SPACE NO TIME
RA PT1
RA PT2
JOURNEY
SKY
MY WAY
CIRCLE
YEAH
I KNOW WHO I AM
TRAVEL TO INNER SPACE