Artist Spotlight: ROOTDOWN
By: Brian Johnson
It’s very rare that you’ll find a band formed straight off of MySpace, but that’s what the band, ROOTDOWN did. To add to that fact, they are a Christian band that’s main genre is reggae. You never know what kind of music you’ll hear today, and ROOTDOWN is definitely no exception. The fresh music that is made from ROOTDOWN is an example of the modernization of the music industry.
Now as I said, the band formed straight off the Internet. Zane Fischer, the band’s guitarist/vocalist came across a singer while browsing MySpace one day. The singer sparked his interest, and soon talks began between the two about starting a band. That singer was Paul “Pdub” Wright, and the pair began the recruitment process. Paul discovered a guy by the name, Jesiah, who now plays keys for the band. Of course he was also found on MySpace. Two more guys would be casted for the band, Craig and Jackson. All would meet to begin making music in the college town of Eugene, Oregon. They started off by producing an EP and giving it away for free, to get their name out. Next, they picked up Matt Salinas on guitar, and self-produced the CD, “Summer of Love.”
“Summer of Love” is an excellent album that provides a nice change to the usual songs on the radio. “Taking Me Over,” for example, is their most popular song and has a very catchy, yet not monotonous, beat. It’s very easy to get a song stuck in your head, but this one is not the kind you’re begging to get out. Like most of the other hits on the album, “Taking Me Over” is a creative reggae song, with that familiar indie tone you’d expect from a “college kid” album. All in all, ROOTDOWN’s music provides unmatched creativity, and the results of heart-filled passion.
To learn more about the band, please visit their MySpace at: http://www.myspace.com/rootdownsound