:: Heavyweight Dub Champion :: Trilogy Lounge :: December 31 ::
By Lisa Oshlo
Spawned high in the mountains of Gold Hill, Colo., Heavyweight Dub Champion has started nothing less than a musical movement. Using complex musical alchemy, the three core members, Resurrector, Patch and Totter Todd, aim to liberate the human race completely through the power of sound vibration. And in the process make some of the hottest dub-hop on the planet.
The Marquee spoke recently with Resurrector about his cosmology, the band’s Colorado roots, and his method for bringing music to the masses.
Formed in 1997 by Resurrector and Patch, the two used the relative isolation of Gold Hill (and subsequent primitive lifestyle, including a cabin with no running water) to connect with the fundamental rhythms of the earth. “In Gold Hill, we were so close to the natural course of existence,” said Resurrector. “Our band is based on cosmic relationships, and it really helped to create the rhythm of our music.”
Never having created any electronic music, Resurrector and Patch collected instruments from around the world in their travels and began experimenting with four-track recording. “We’d use all acoustic instruments and assemble it very organically, building a sound spectrum instrument by instrument. We’d identify the certain vibration coming from each instrument and figure out how that one would create the most harmonizing rhythm with another instrument, while still maintaining its own intrinsic power,” said Ressurector. Seeing that point to its conclusion, he added, “We like things that have their own unique identity and extend their own unique vibration. That goes for both instruments and people.”
As the band continued to layer their sound, they began to experiment with an electronic format. These days their live shows are rooted in a mix of pre-recorded beats manipulated separately on analog sound consoles. Vintage effects are added in, as well as live performance on synthesizers, saxophone (by newer addition Totter Todd, a virtuoso jazz musician), vocals, percussion, and feedback. HDC uses turntables as well, but only for scratching; the band’s music is completely original and nothing is ever sampled. The live performance is referred to as the ‘Liberation Process’ because it’s intended that the music can put the audience in something like a vibratory trance and can remove layers of deception through the music. “The consciousness of humanity is manipulated and controlled by the ruling class,” said Resurrector. “It is this carefully controlled system that keeps most people from being alive.”
Their first album, Survival Guide for the End of Time, featured many guest scratchers and was named Best Local Album by Westword. It is a concept album that includes the “Last Champion Manifesto,” an apoco-graffiti poster and sticker, in addition to nearly 80 minutes of mind-twisting sound.
HDC eventually outgrew their mountain laboratory and relocated to San Francisco, exposing them to a broader audience and more efficient touring schedule. The band transcends genres and feels comfortable from reggae fests to raves, from jamband festivals to urban hip-hop or electronica clubs. After all, it isn’t about fitting into a particular type of music — it’s more about the rhythms of the universe.
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