A Brief History of Ska

October 6, 2009

theskawillgoon-splash

Yesterday, the popular online magazine Pop Matters published my ska thesis, The Ska Will Go On. For this article on the rise and fall of ska music, I interviewed several of the scene’s movers and shakers including musicians, record producers, and DJs. The piece is already spurring controversy in certain ska circles because it fails to mention some bands and gives too much space to others. But, all comments have generally been positive. It’s always hard to write a comprehensive history of a cultural movement, because, ultimately, cultural histories are subjective. Just look at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. My video about the Three Floors of Ska event held at the Knitting Factory in NYC is posted here and on the Pop Matters site.

SkaCast!

September 4, 2009

PRESSURE-SOUNDS-163Wanna learn more about the ska scene in Russia? But of course! The great Gabe Paredes interviewed me on his latest episode of Pressure Drop Soundcast.  I discuss my band, St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review, playing music in Russia, and my experience touring Europe. The interview begins about 30 minutes in. Check it out!

Get your skank on!

May 22, 2009

Ska music, born in Jamaica, raised in England, and transplanted to America, has long been the soundtrack to an active subculture. Syracuse ska concert promoters, SkaDanny and Brendan McCarey, discuss ska fashion. From British mods in the 60s to two-tone ska kids today, ska style is constantly evolving.

This is a video I recently made for my Fashion Communications class. I’m currently working on a thesis article about ska music in America today.  Watch out for more ska posts.