“The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Makes you wanna move your dancing feet”….to some reggae! In appreciation of their local fans, Colorado culture and the approach of summer in the mountains, Fort Collins based reggae group DubSkin is playing a FREE SHOW at The Belly Up in Aspen this Thursday, May 9th.
Originating in Ft. Collins, Co in 2006, DubSkin has steadily gained notoriety on the national reggae scene. This diverse troupe of musicians incorporates a variety of musical styles in their fresh funky sound. With everything from steppers and dancehall reggae to hip-hop and funk bubbling up in their tracks, DubSkin is constantly blazing new trails for sonic enjoyment.
Grimey Gatsby’s KT Biaz sat down with DubSkin drummer Cory Eberhard this week to get the low down on the free show and what’s new with DubSkin. Check out the interview below, and if you can’t make it to Thursday’s show, make sure to check out the entirety of DubSkin’s discography– available for free on the bands website
So DubSkin is throwing a free show this week. Can you tell us about that gig? Why are you doing the free show up in the mountains?
This is our second or third free show up there. We give away our music for free anyways, so when it works out financially for us to be able to play for free too we like to do that because we like our music to reach as many people as possible. We love the venue, The Belly Up, and we always like playing in Colorado mountain towns…got that home state vibe.
Will DubSkin be out on the road this summer or plugging away in the studio? What can we anticipate from you in either case?
We’ll mostly be writing and recording material for a new album but we have some regional shows and festivals going on this summer. We’ll be at The 710 Cup and Unify Festival [Keep an eye on DubSkin’s Tour Page for more shows]
In the studio we’re always trying to create new sounds and push the boundaries of the reggae genre in general. We’re going in to this one with the intention of keeping the roots vibe but trying new styles and keeping it fresh and new.
How have DubSkin’s Colorado roots shaped the band’s sound?
It has a lot to do with it, being that were not from Jamaica and we grew up listening to multiple genres and learned to play our instruments playing multiple genres. That affected our version of reggae. We try to keep authentic to the roots sounds while also trying to be fresh and unique and create our own sound. We formed in Ft. Collins but we live across the front range. Living in a music scene like Colorado has been incredible. It has given us opportunities to do some pretty sweet things, including film a music video in a legal ganja garden…..
You’re talking about the video for “Herb Healer”. Being a reggae band, legalization in Colorado had to be a reason for celebration for you all. How do you see the blossoming marijuana industry and the music industry growing together?
It has always been a nice combo of cultures in Colorado, even before the legalization. Since the legalization its nice for fans to have freedom to do what they want at the shows, and its another reason for national touring acts to want to tour through Colorado. The [marijuana] industry, being a creative and artsier industry, is also putting some of its profits towards music and cultural events, which is great. You’ve got dispensaries throwing shows and such. And we’ve gotta give big ups to PinkHouse for letting us use their grow for the video. Gotta love Colorado!