Monkey Go Ska part 2/2

by Abram Jones

Micah: But people consider it the end-all be-all of ska. When people think of ska they think of punk-ska, and they don't even know, dont' realize that ska is an old jamaican thing. Like, reggae was formed out of ska; right? Ska wasn't formed out of reggae.

DJ: Yeah, you've heard that Upbeat sample right? "Just a modern-day offshoot of reggae"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micah: Yeah

DJ: So, what's that drumming called? One-drop?

Micah: No, for reggae it's one-drop. For ska it's 2-4 drop. Those are your two basic beats. And I've talked to a lot of people who are like "that's boring, that's a boring rhythm". But, once you get the rhythm, it's kind of real backwards to western music . It took me a while, I come from like a rock background pretty much. So, trying to switch tracks, everything I had learned as a drummer I had to pretty much throw out the window to learn ska. It's a funky rhythm. But once you get it, it's structured almost a lot like jazz, where you just get to improvise a lot and play to the rhythm. But, everybody's doing a little bit of everything, and I don't know, it's a really cool thing.

Micah: But people consider it the end-all be-all of ska. When people think of ska they think of punk-ska, and they don't even know, dont' realize that ska is an old jamaican thing. Like, reggae was formed out of ska; right? Ska wasn't formed out of reggae.

AJ: Yeah, you've heard that Upbeat sample right? "Just a modern-day offshoot of reggae".

Micah: Yeah

AJ: So, what's that drumming called? One-drop?

Micah: No, for reggae it's one-drop. For ska it's 2-4 drop. Those are your two basic beats. And I've talked to a lot of people who are like "that's boring, that's a boring rhythm". But, once you get the rhythm, it's kind of real backwards to western music . It took me a while, I come from like a rock background pretty much. So, trying to switch tracks, everything I had learned as a drummer I had to pretty much throw out the window to learn ska. It's a funky rhythm. But once you get it, it's structured almost a lot like jazz, where you just get to improvise a lot and play to the rhythm. But, everybody's doing a little bit of everything, and I don't know, it's a really cool thing.

Curtis:I look at the rave and the techno and the djs that are out right now, and I feel really sorry that the kids who are there do not know where the element is coming from. You know? I feel that, unfortunately, there was an education train that passed them; and if they took a moment to admire the roots of that music, they might actually come into contact with the reason why they like ska; why there's an inherent like, why there's a desire to have a good time, to dance, and party, to have a good time to the music.


AJ: In closing, does anybody have anything to add?

Micah: Chuck, say something!

Chuck:AWOOOOOOOOO!

Todd: Come to a Monkey show. We need money. We're poor!

AJ:Monkey's holdin' it up, man, Monkey's one of the ones...

Rosie and Cris of the Twi-Lites

 

Vic:I'm thrilled with, wow, I'm thrilled with all the rocksteady that's coming out, and I think we're going to see more of that. I think it's going to come up again, and I think it's going to be soon.

AJ:It seems like it's finally on a slow uphill, rather than a downhill. I mean, Ska definitely reached a point where it was the kiss of death in the industry and everything. Hepcat broke up, but the Slackers are holding it up high; and there seems to be a very slow, gradual underground building again. We can only hope that traditional will come back at some point and we're just going to keep on doing what we do.

AJ: I'll help you guys any way I can, I mean...

Chuck:The best way to help out is to just dance. Come out to the shows and have a good time.

Curt: And, let's not forget the strawberry Boone's...

AJ: Haha! This is actually Go Jimmy Go's Boone's...

Curt: (Loud moan of disapproval) Stealin' the Hawaiian Boone's...

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