By vibesetters, 2008-11-09
Together since 2004, The VibeSetters have released 2 full length albums and are just completing
work on their third and most captivating record yet for Buddha Studio Recordings. The new CD
release, Peace for all Beings, will be available to radio and the press on September 9th, 2007.
The album will also be available for download through internet sites CDBaby.com, Soundclick.com and
Garageband.com. The first single off the CD will be the lead track "Walk Strong", with lyrics that
explore making peace happen within ourselves so that we may calm the world.
The VibeSetters consider themselves to be a present day rock n' reggae jazzfunk improvisational experiment in classic songwriting and music composition for the positive upliftment of universal suffering and injustice.
Folks who have experienced The VibeSetters music don't necessarily agree and had the following to say when asked the question:
"What type of music do The VibeSetters play?"
more rock or alternative influence rather than reggae
a weird mix of jam stuff and rock and reggae. I do not know if I would call it reggae
rasta deadhead or country reggae
More pop then reggae
not typically reggae but with a nice flow.
didn't make me think of Reggae, but more old rock
Not sure about the style, can't really classify them
remindes me of some old Zeppelin riffs
Almost not reggae
the soul of this music is rock, southern rock influenced by a west coast rock blues approach
sounds like something by Sublime
not really reggae
more rocky than reggae
not really reggae in my book
reminds me of Santana. Very groovy!
I like their dynamics...a subtle vibe is in the air
kind of bluesy
its just like chill music
you guys can definitely jam!!
Nice jazz feeling
Good for those mellowed out kind
cool jazzy blues
not overboard on the happy side and not too mellow either
Shoegazey Jazzy Reggae Jam
Me gustó el estilo y rhythm
Very textural..infectious...very cool
not really reggae to me..but would fit into several categories..blues,pop,funk cause of its chilled nature
Got the Latin vibe happening
I haven't heard stuff like this since Steely Dan or old Santana. An urban feel. The rhythms away you like a long lost lover and holds you there till the end
Santana meets The Dead
a spice of reggae
The VibeSetters are a Rock n' Reggae Jazzfunk group who have just recently made Santa Cruz,
California their hometown after a not so easy decision to leave their island refuge of St. John in the
Caribbean. The sound that The VibeSetters lay down is a healthy dose of funky rural electronic
reggae rock rhythms applied with urban jazz and hip hop sensibilities which respect the past,
celebrate the present and give promise to the future of music. Their simple, yet textural rhythm
based songs have attracted an enthusiastic and eclectic audience to date with positive responses
to the music from around the globe. A listener from Stockholm, Sweden feels:
"This is not traditional reggae. It is refreshing and mystic. A litte bit moviesoundtrackstyle. Puts me in
a state of euphoria."
Living in the US Virgin Islands shaped the sound of the band to reflect the sometimes tumultuous
conditions created by the struggle between urban progress and preserving paradise. Sensing how
people can be uplifted from violence, poverty, sickness and discrimination through the inspiration of
music, The VibeSetters set upon a mission of equity, justice and peace for all beings. Taking their
music to the mainland has enabled the message and positive vibrations to reach more people.
The VibeSetters music has been described by one reviewer as 'Jimi Hendrix meeting Bob Marley to
collaborate on a retro-rock reggae electronica soundtrack for inner peace.' The band is working
towards attaining a mastery of original musical communication worthy of such a comparison with
classic musical icons like Marley and Hendrix, while incorporating some of the more innovative computer based sonic technologies into the music. They balance their original songwriting and
composition with improvisational tendencies since spontaneity and structure foster the creative
tension which gives rise to new musical creation. The VibeSetters are giving the impression to
listeners of various tastes that they are inventing a new sound with their music born from the cross
pollination of diverse cultural influences with modern perspectives on universally celebrated classic
reggae and rock songwriting.
The VibeSetters are an intelligent and politically concerned band with a strong emphasis on uplifting
the conscience to relieve the social suffering of all. When folks hear the music, they feel the
vibration of the soundwaves and receive inspiration to set upon the mission. The music provides courage
to gather strength for fighting oppression and alleviating suffering. Like a sound swelling inside a feedback
loop... hope, love, truth, equity, justice and peace will resonate louder and stronger until freedom is
the only song we hear and the only song we sing. However, a destination is pointless if you do not
enjoy the ride so, please support music that makes you feel alive.