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studio11 on 08/06/2015 at 10:30PM
When The Dread emcee Billa Camp hit us up about mixing their upcoming release at Studio 11, We were excited to hear what the new band might have in store. Billa Camp earned his place in Chicago hip hop history as the frontman for the Jazz Funk Ensemble Treologic, whose release "Thank You Lenny" also found it's way onto the Studio 11 consoles for mixing and mastering. Memories of Treologic shows are vivid, highlighted by a 12 piece band laced with Jazz horns, A DJ, and the powerful and energetic lyrical delivery of Billa Camp on the mic. Upon stumbling into Wicker Park's North Bar for a recent show by The Dread, all of that energy was there yielding a powerful and anthematic hip hop vibe. The Dread can best be described as skate music featuring molten distrotions and Billa Camp's poweful rhymes. Be sure to check out The Dread's upcoming performance at Arlene's Grocery in Manhattan, NY.
The Dread Live in New York at Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton St.). @ . 21+ No Cover
Alex Gross of Studio 11 caught up with Bill Camp of The Dread for a quick interview:
The band seems like a unique cast of characters, what brought you together?
The simple answer is....Being in a kick ass band is awesome! The Dread just naturally happened from us collaborating time & time again. We are Nolan Silias, William Silas, Ruin, DJ Alo, Mikey Lightning, Aven Deese & myself, Billa Camp. Nice to meet ya. DREAD!
How long have you been involved in music?
I've been involved in music since the age of 14 & its definitely shaped the person I am today.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
As a band we listen to a little bit of everything and exclude nothing. Personally my influences change all time from The Dixie Hummingbirds to Blues Magoos. Shit... Last summer It was Luke Bryant & Florida Georgia Line. When I was younger I was influenced by Rage Against The Machine, Mos def, & Nas.
What best describes The Dread's sound?
Our sound is often described as a killer mix tape with a hip hop soul. It's like if Bad Brains & The Roots had a baby, it would be The Dread. Seriously though,we force ourselves to remain open to creating all sounds. If we as artist feel the mood & sound we'll make it. Our music has no boundaries.
I especially enjoy the jam "Permission", What's the inspiration for the song?
Thanks, we really appreciate that. The song "Permission" stands as a testament to who we are as individuals and as a group. We don't need permission to be who we wanna be, live how we wanna live or make the music we wanna make. When it's all said and done, we want to be content with our time on this earth. The song is meant to embody the spirit of a maverick. It's inspiration is the freedom of choice.
What are some of the best spots you've played in Chicago?
We've enjoyed venues like Schuba's, The Original Mother's & Emporium. Honestly, it's all about the crowd's vibe, we've had killer shows all over.
What's in cue for Dread in the near future?
We're performing in New York on August 14 at Arlene's Grocery. Also, we're opening up for TECH N9NE on September 25 in Arlington Heights, IL. at Home Bar. The next album should be out early next year.
studio11 on 02/06/2015 at 05:30PM
BY ALEX GROSS
Some of my fondest Studio 11 memories date back to the late nineties when studio manager Dan Scalpone and I would embark on our yearly trip to Cannes, France to attend Midem, the world music convention. Here we would meet with labels worldwide on behalf of Chicago musicians to sort out licensing and label deals. Notably, I remember meeting with the Donato brothers of Italy in respect to their Full Time music label and catalog. As innovators in the late wave of disco and early house music, they emphasized that there always stood a unique and deep connection with Chicago and Italo music. Kindly, they had gifted us their entire catalog on CD's notably all "The Very Best Of Full Time" volumes. While building the second recording studio at Studio 11 in Chicago we were limited to a CD Boombox on the construction site. Needless to say, the whole Full Time catalog became the music of choice and I recall hearing the classic "Spacer Woman" by Charlie over and over. Upon attending the early shows in Chicago by Studio 11 friends and musical sensation Glass Lux, I was blown away by their supercharged cover version of "Spacer Woman" and thrilled to hear the fabled Chicago Italo connection come back to life.
The latest Glass Lux single "I'm A Machine" was mixed down at Studio 11 in late 2014 as a re-release of the bands original demo release. The song is an infectiously catchy ride through an electronic whirlwind.