Hip Hop, Roots
Groundation, Fat Freddy's Drop, Damian Marley
Thando Sikwila - Vocals, Alex "Sinks" Sinclair - Vocals, Jeremy Schiftan - Drums, Stephen Lane - Bass, Steve Phillips - Keys, Duncan Schmoll - Guitar, Greg Sher - Saxophone, Jay Scarlett - Trombone, Anthony Foon - Trumpet
Dub Trio, Roots Manuva, High Tone, King Tubby
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Fronted by the inimitable vocal duo of Zimbabwean Soul singer Thando Sikwila and Melbourne rapper Sinks (winner of 2017 Hilltop Hoods/APRA Initiative), 9-piece Dub, Reggae, Hip Hop outfit Echo Drama push the boundaries of Jamaican and Urban music from traditional Roots to new school Ragga flavours. The result is a sound at once steeped in the traditions of Dub and Reggae but also unafraid to draw on modern manifestations such as Hip Hop, Dancehall and DnB.
“The dynamism of Melbourne nine-piece, Echo Drama is a thing of wonder. A downright dreamy combination of traditional reggae and contemporary hip-hop and RnB will have you hooked within mere moments of your first listening. ” - AU Review
In 6 years of existence the band has developed a refined live show performing regularly across local stages, residencies, festival appearances and international supports with highlights such as Easy Star All Stars (USA), The Skatalites (Jamaica), Maxi Priest (UK), St Kilda Festival - Main Stage, NYE On The Hill, Strawberry Fields, Rainbow Serpent, The Hills Are Alive, Psyfari, Island Vibe Festival, Panacea Festival, Blenheim Fest, Inca Roads Festival and Folk Rhythm & Life.
“Echo Drama play a seamless melding of hip hop and reggae that conveys a pure, grooving happiness…it is impossible not to dance and sway to the infectious music” –Tone Deaf
In addition to storming the live circuit, the last 4 years have seen Echo Drama release both their debut EP “Bury The Weapons” and follow up remix album “Remix The Weapons”. Both records continue to amass radio play across Australia on Triple J, PBS, RRR, FBI and 4ZZZ to name but a few and were both featured in PBS top 10 records across 2014.
"Their debut EP, Bury The Weapons, showcases their ability to celebrate the traditions of Dub and Reggae, resulting in a collection songs that are both playful and soulful.” - What Sound Melbourne
After 2 years of steady work recording and producing their debut full length album, the first single "Insanity" has just dropped in June, and lots of new music is on it's way for the remainder of 2018! In the meantime Echo Drama continue to build on their reputation for incendiary live shows at venues and events across Australia.
“While respectfully doffing their various bits of headgear to those who came before them, Dub/Reggae juggernaut Echo Drama have prioritised good music over pigeon holes in a band where the musical influences are almost as diverse as its audience appeal” - Beat Magazine