So You’re Starting A Ska Band, Part 1 – by Victor Rice

Here’s an extraordinary guide to starting for a ska band, from a man who really knows his bidniz. Victor Rice is a master producer, musician, composer, and all around scholar of ska and dub and reggae musics in their myriad forms. His step by step guide, published as a guest blog on Ska Blah Blah, is an enjoyable read for any ska fan, and could be essential to someone really taking the plunge. Professor Rice’s discussion of tempo, in particular, could save bands, and their audiences, a lot of grief!  The study of upstroke vs. downstroke guitar upbeats is eloquent – I have never heard it described so accurately.

Buster the Ska Doggie

Buster the Ska Doggie

Buster the Ska Doggie was born on July 4th, 2008 when The Uptones released their epic Skankin' Foolz Unite! album. Jesse Michaels drew Buster for the record cover and Buster leaped off of it and started dancing around. Before long Buster had amassed a massive collection of ska records and friends and has been to every single ska show on earth, usually attending at least 100 around the world, all at the same time. Don't ask how he does it. Buster blogs at and you also can find him on FB and Twitter. W00f!

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