“If you’ve spent more than a minute on the ska scene, you’ll know that [he’s] the original New York rudy…who kept the flame burning even when it was just a candle in the window.” -Alternative Press
A seminal force in the East Coast ska scene, KING DJANGO has made his name as a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and label owner (Stubborn Records). His versatility within genres of punk, rhythm & blues, and Jamaican grooves is unmatched, starting early as the singer / trombonist of legendary NYC ska band The Boilers (1986-1988), evolving through reggae/soul/punk/jazz experimentalists Skinnerbox (1989-1998), and achieving mainstream recognition with traditional ska supergroup Stubborn All-Stars (1994-1998). After the ska revival died down, King Django was able to devote his full energy on solo material: “Roots and Culture” (Triple Crown Records, 1998) combined ska, reggae and traditional klezmer music; while “Reason” (Hellcat / Epitaph, 2001) was an adventurous, eclectic self-produced album of rock deeply grounded in roots-reggae, dancehall, hip-hip, and drum and bass. King Django has toured internationally many times over with Skinnerbox, Stubborn All Stars, Rancid, The Toasters, and legendary New York City hardcore band Murphy’s Law. In the studio, King Django has worked closely with fellow NYC pals the Skadanks and The Slackers, plus he recorded with Tim Armstrong/Lars Fredrickson of Rancid and Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Stubborn All Stars¹ “Back with A New Batch” in 1997 (Triple Crown). At about the same, King Django began collecting studio equipment and soon the legendary Version City was born. Within months, a steady flow of bands flocked to this NY mecca to create warm Jamaican vibes through with Django¹s knowledge, production and engineering skills. Over the years, several “VERSION CITY” multi-artist collections have been released worldwide showcasing this unique clique that became the heartbeat of East Coast ska/reggae music.
In 2003, King Django returned to Europe to record with an exciting new Swiss reggae band called THE SCRUCIALISTS. These sessions unleashed the true lyrical genius that has been inside Django all this time, the result was twelve brilliant slices of political roots reggae, rockers, dub, lovers rock, ska and dancehall, including two dueling sides with German microphone superstar DR RING DING. One listen to KING DJANGO meets THE SCRUCIALISTS and it was obvious this needed an American release! As an added bonus, JUMP UP is proud to deliver two exclusive DANCEHALL versions created with the hottest new riddims coming straight out of Jamaica.
For Fans of: The Slackers, Hepcat, Toasters, Stubborn All Stars, Deal¹s Gone Bad, Dr Ring Ding
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