There has long been a connection between the fashion and music of Mod and Ska. Though Mod was born in England, and Ska was born in Jamaica, they have shared certain looks, sounds and attitudes, over time. In Los Angeles in the early 1980s these styles came together in a new and big way. Continue reading “It Ska Mod Mod Mod Mod Mod World!”
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.