Mei caught up with Gordon Daniels, lead singer of Lucky Dub, for a nice Q&A. They're here Thursday night with some other reggae bands for @JamJavaDoorGal's "GOOD VIBES" LOCAL SCENE!
Where and when was your first show?
My first show with Lucky Dub was about four years ago. I had met the original bass player, John Baker, at a house party in DC and we jammed through the night playing our favorite reggae and funk songs on our acoustic guitars. I was looking for band mates at that time to put together a group, and he invited me to the next Lucky Dub show which was at Asylum in Adams Morgan, DC. He told me it was a 3 hour gig, and would be fun if I brought my guitar and jammed with the group at some point during the night. When I showed up that night the current Lucky Dub front man had pulled a no show, and wasn't coming to the gig. The band asked me if I knew 3 hours’ worth of material and if I could hold it down, which I did. I jumped on stage and we played the show. Most people in the crowd didn't even know we had never played together. We've been playing together ever since.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
It's hard to narrow down just one artist that has been my main influence, so I will name three. With Lucky Dub the artists who have influenced my songwriting style and music styling the most would be Toots and the Maytals (for their catchy hook driven timeless songs and melodies), Michael Franti (an artist with something to say that writes infectious and fun music), and the Black Seeds (group from New Zealand with great horns, combining reggae, funk and dub always in a new and creative way).
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
The most memorable experience for me was the band touring in the Caribbean. My favorite show was in St. Croix on New Years Day we played at Cane Bay on the island's North Shore. After a crazy New Years party/show on the island, the night before we were playing on the beach in the afternoon, and on the most perfect day playing a little bit of reggae on the beach in the Caribbean. It's hard to describe, but some days like that you just don't forget. - http://www.tripadvisor.com/
Favorite Food: 5 hour energy :)
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
If there was a movie about Lucky Dub, I would like to see the cast of Trailer Park Boys play us.
What two words would best describe your music?
Inclusive and Fun
What is the your definition of Good Vibes?
Good Vibes, to me is as simple as the St. Croix motto. Simple and true... down there you see it on all the cars, people wear it on their bracelets, you can't escape it - "Positive is How I Live." -http://www.flickr.com/photos/