Beginning as a recording project spearheaded by drummer Dan Lloyd, and bassist Norman Baker, this hard hitting drum & bass duo expanded their dub onslaught by enlisting Jonathan Kimball on guitar melodica and vocals, Puddu Dawes on guitar, Darin “Diamond Dread” Pearson on keys, and Naphtali Rashid on percussion harmonica and vocals. Having all played together in various groups including Winston Jarrett and his Solid Foundation Band their ability to seamlessly intertwine live dub, with vocal harmonies, and a guitar onslaught in improv driven set under a bass heavy reggae reggae banner could not go unnoticed.
The outcome of the first recording endeavor with this project was their debut full length “Dub Lounge One”. After a couple years of shows and touring supporting this record, drummer and founding member Dan Lloyd had to relocate back to his hometown Salt Lake City, UT with a lovely family he was building.
DLI continued building on their following in the Pacific Northwest after adding Larry Butler to the rhythm section. Meanwhile back in Utah, Lloyd’s knack for producing music had him traveling between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles with tracks from “Dub Lounge One” to have re-mixed by Jamaican dub luminary Scientist AKA Hopeton Brown. The outcome was a simplistic spaced-out trance version of their song “Over the Cliffs” – released as a single for digital download. During this time he also continued producing other records with his longtime friends and collaborators under the new name Righteous Audio Werks (RAW).
With a slew of new songs and a steadfast rehearsal & show schedule, DLI began work on the next record at Foundry for Sound Studios in South Seattle. With bassist Norman Baker engineering, they laid down the basic tracks for 6 new songs. With plans to do a full length, they booked more time with Aaron Korpa who brought his mobile recording studio and set up shop in keyboardist Darin Pearson’s house in Olympia, Wa where they spent 2 days tracking more new music. Overdubs, and vocals were tracked later back at Foundry by Baker, where they hired studio owner Pierre Ferguson to mix and master. The ending product was the 5 song “Behold EP”, packaged in a DIY fashion with handmade artwork.
After more tours, tons of local and out of town shows, and a seemingly never ending supply of collaborative inspiration, DLI recently released their 4th album (and 2nd of 2011). Recorded from concerts over the past year, their “2011 Live Compilation” showcases a special San Diego 4/20 Concert, a KEXP live in-studio, and a Long Beach, CA performance.
Forward ever, backward never.
D.L.I. members past projects: Sundance, Boom Tali Posse, the Defenders, Wet City Rockers, the Cultivators, White City, Covenant, SkyWheel, Revolutionary Dream Band, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and Dub Championz.
D.L.I. members have backed up such artists as Prezident Brown, Junior Reid, Wadi Gad, Winston Jarrett, Lutan Fyah, Norris Man, Ras Shilo, Pablo Moses, Rankin’ Skroo, Ras Shilo, Lambsbread, Aima Moses, Clinton Fearon, Tousaint, Tuff Lion, and have shared the stage with Midnite, Rankin’ Scroo, Dezire, the Itals, Fishbone, Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Groundation, Yami Bolo and Israel Vibration.
Current side projects: Higher Vision, Man Rockwell, Jonathan Kimball Band, Norman Baker & the Backroads, JB & the Groove Fiery, Escort Service, MTNS & Tunnels, Ian McFeron Band, Righteous Audio Werks.