Aaron, thanks for speaking with us today about Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad!
Q1: So I have to start by asking, how did you settle on the name of the group?
It all began with the drop of a few hats and an old broken banjo head on a finicky record player.
Q2: When did you guys first start performing together and at what point did you realize that you had a serious future in store for yourselves?
We began touring hard across the nation in 2006 and it just went on from there. We were just playing music and trying to get it out there to as many people as possible. It’s been all of our main focus ever since.
Q3: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Original Roots Reggae like you’ve never heard before with live analog dub and political, spiritual lyrics. Three and four part harmonies interweaving with pulsing deep dub jams. Fully analog with no samples, real instruments.
Q4: Who are some of the influences behind your music?
Osbourne Ruddock, Wade Ward, Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, Clinton Fearon, Sly and Robbie.
Q5: Which album do you think truly showcases who you are as a band?
The two albums we released this year, “Country” and “In These Times” showcase two very distinct sides of us and who we are as a whole. “Country” is the roots Americana folklore side of us, and “In These Times” is the bass-pumping, high stepping reggae rhythm side.
Q6: How do you go about creating your set list each night prior to a show?
We actually have two giant 21-sided die with all the song names on them. We roll them consecutively and write the setlist accordingly.
Q7: What are you looking forward to about the upcoming tour this Fall with G. Love & Special Sauce?
We are looking forward to playing our music to G. Love’s fans, collaborating with the band, meeting new people and making many nights filled with good music!
Q8: What does you music mean to you as a band?
Music is our hearts and souls and it is why we are all on this earth.
Q9: What important messages do you intend to convey through your music?
To work hard, stay healthy, be kind and conscious in everything you do, and that music has healing powers of its own.
Q10: What separates Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad from other reggae bands?
We are US and only can be us. We create together and turn fresh tunes into reggae compositions. We strive for the real analog sounds and carry around a Hammond B3 and Leslie (and countless other large pieces of vintage gear that contribute to the whole sound) to each electric show we play.
Q11: How has the music affected you since GPGDS began?
Personally, I have ventured into so many different types of music including reggae since it all began. Music has affected me in many profound ways, most of which could never be explained in words. It soothes your soul.
Q12: Over the years, what have been some of your biggest accomplishments?
The release of our two albums this year, “Country” and “In These Times.” Performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Touring with wonderful bands like John Brown’s Body, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Steel Pulse. Expanding our musical abilities and styles. And continuing to make music!
Aaron, thanks again for taking the time to discuss your experiences with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with us today. Best of luck on the upcoming tour with G. Love & Special Sauce! We look forward to seeing you at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on 11/14!
Catch Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad on tour!!!
U.S. Tour Dates
Sept 29 & 30 – Naples, NY – Purple Pig Festival
Oct 04 – Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
Oct 06 – Starks, ME – Harvest Ball @ Harry Brown’s Farm
Oct 12 – Ozark, AR – Harvest Music Festival
Oct 25 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
10/31-11/17 with G. Love & Special Sauce:
Oct 31 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Nov 01 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub
Nov 02 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Nov 03 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 04 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
Nov 07 – State College, PA – State Theatre
Nov 08 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Nov 09 – S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Nov 10 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Nov 13 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Nov 14 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov 15 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Nov 16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov 17 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
Nov 29 – Roanoke, VA – Martin’s Downtown
Nov 30 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
Dec 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley
Dec 06 – Newmarket, NH – Stone Church
Dec 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Dec 08 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Dec 22 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall