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International Dub Ambassadors’ ‘rough and tough’

International Dub Ambassadors (IDA) arrive from the other side of the sea, from Puerto Rico, joined by the psychedelic hints of their music and their praise for truth. Their style is dub, a subgenre of reggae music which they try to keep alive by ‘charging the torch to the future’ and getting worldwide acknowledgement.

Ska, reggae and experimental music seek that the listener abandones the logic of reality, producing ‘an intergalactic widening of the mind’, as they describe themselves; intergalactic, puertorrican dub.

The band is composed of Javi Pérez, leader, bass and guitar; Bobby Connelly playing the drums; Pachy García and Daniel LoPresti in the keys; Marcos Rodríguez as guitar player and Arturo Vergés playing trombone, accompanied by the voice of Bebo Rodríguez. Their topics include the praise for truth as opposed to the political reality, humour, peace and love. ‘Rough and tough’.

They released their first EP in October 2014 under the name Dub Ambassadors, in reference to the band, where they mixed reggae and psychedelic effects. Javi Pérez provides this touch of reggae root, so defining of the band, which tries to turn back to the origins of reggae and dub. An instance of that is the track World Cure and  we can also observe it in the five other tracks of the EP.

Influenced by people like Augustus Pablo, Root Radics, Scientist, King Tubby, Eek a Mouse or Bob Marley, International Dub Ambassadors’ proposal is to go back to ‘old-style’ dub, which they represent and venerate. They are also influenced by rock and experimental music.

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Why did you choose this name for the band?

It’s quite literal. An ambassador is someone representing some country in a foreign one, like an emissary or messenger. We want to take this music troughout the planet, represent it and be the spokespersons for dub.

What do you want to communicate with your music?

We firstly want to communicate the place we come from. A 100x35 mile island right at the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Small in its size, but giant in its culture and influences. Something that has truly nourished our music. Besides, we want to transmit the years and maturity of our sound. We want to honour the sound of reggae, which we love, in our own style but always keeping the essence.

What’s the essence of your first album?

Reggae’s repetitive simplicity and the qualities of sound. Preserving the analogic sound, the sound of the original old school dub. Using a lot of tape and tube effect to make it sound as authentic as possible.

How is your creating process?

We focus on the base, bass and drums are the first to consider. Once the groove is stablished, we add the tune and, thus, all the details until the song is shaped, but we always give priority to the bass line.

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Who would you like to play or have played with?

It’s always a great pleasure for us to share the scene with artists that are a direct influence in what we make. There are so many artists we’d love to play with, it would be a pretty long list. We have recently played with Don Carlos and Alborosie, that was so special and we enjoyed it a lot.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to take our music everywhere, every place we can. We hope we can travel a lot and keep ourselves alive on stage. We have tons of non recorded material, so you definitely wait for new things.

Will you come to Europe?

We’d love to. It’s one of our goals as a band. It would be great to go to Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands... We know there are many people who know and appreciate reggae over there.

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