Big year predicted for Dubmarine
FUSING reggae, hip hop, dub, and dancehall, Dubmarine has emerged as one of the best bands and live acts in Australia.
Still, being nominated for best band at the 2009 Deadly Awards (the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement awards) was a great surprise according to singer Kat Walker.
“To be there with Kaz, founder of the band and all the other indigenous artists was amazing,” Kat says. “Considering we didn’t have a single or album to push in 2009, it was quite remarkable to be recognised and it makes for a very exciting 2010. We will have a new album – Depth of Sound– out in March and this gives us a chance to really push the new product.”
Dubmarine has been navigating Australian shores since 2006 but the crew and sounds have significantly intensified since the initial launch.
“Dubmarine has come a long way from the initial five-piece acoustic band to be a syncy, boomy nine-piece with a massive sound,” Walker said. “The journey has been a slurper effect and the more it swelled, the more it has gelled.”
Walker, an aspiring lawyer who volunteers at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, is the only female on Dubmarine’s deck.
She believes every vessel needs a woman and thinks they relate a lot better to the band with female representation.
“The music scene is such a boy’s club, but don’t tell the boys I said that,” Walker pleads.
This North Coast tour is to promote the release of the new single Chip, which is already on high rotation nationally. Chip humorously delves into the way people’s freedom is eroding and suggests that the day when we are all micro-chipped is not far away.
“Our mission from the deep Dub-submarine is to destroy Babylon from below and free the people from the oppression,” says Walker.
Free the people to dance, that is, and Captain D-Kazman and his crew do just that. Helmsmen D-Kazman, according to Walker, ‘is the magic behind the mythology, rhymes and melodies and shares his thirty-six years of life and dance.
"He loves controlling the different rhythms and believes the best way to get the message across is to do it subtly and through the energy the band creates.”
This is hard to argue with, as the band can have as many as three sets of drums on stage.
“It’s all about the boom,” says Walker. “Having two trombones drives the band. The mixing of old classical instruments with the new digitisation of synthesisers mixes really well.”
“Fitting nine people on a small stage can be quite cosy and Kaz and I love to dance and move about but we haven’t taken any of the band out yet.”