The debut CD from Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub in now available for purchase/download. Get your copy today! If you are looking to purchase a physical CD go to Bandcamp. Download at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play. Streaming at Spotify - but don’t just stream, if you like it buy it!
This month marks the beginning of my 20th year as the drummer for Sabertooth every Saturday night at the Green Mill. I get asked the same questions over and over so I’ve written a Sabertooth/Green Mill/Ted Sirota FAQ.
Q: Who do you play with at the Green Mill? Barry Winograd?
A: No. Sabertooth.
Q: Who’s in that band?
A: Pat Mallinger, Cameron Pfiffner, and Pete Benson (more…)
If you missed it, Heavyweight Dub made an audio appearance on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic with Richard Milne. You can hear the podcast here.
What I thought would be a 5 minute phone interview on WORT FM in Madison, WI turned into a 40 minute conversation with Tropical Riddims host Frank H. Perez about Reggae, Jazz, Scientist, Carlton Barrett, Max Roach, Kickstarter and much more…
The “Turntable Terrorist” Terry C. was kind enough to invite me to sit in on his weekly Dub show here in Chicago. I had a great time spinning Dub tracks and chatting with Terry. Echo Beach is on WLUW 88.7 FM in Chicago from 2:00-4:00am every Thursday night/Friday morning, but you can always check out the podcasts on Mixcloud if you’re not a night owl.
A number of people have come to me asking for advice about doing a Kickstarter campaign. I knew nothing about Kickstarter before I launched mine, but I learned a lot in the process. A couple days after the end of our campaign I sat down and typed out some thoughts about the experience so I wouldn’t forget what I learned. I’ve shared this with a few friends, but I’m making it available publicly now in case it might help others. I’m not trying to present myself as an “expert” or anything like that. This is simply just my advice when people ask me…
Here are some things I learned from running our successful Kickstarter campaign to bring legendary Jamaican engineer & “Dub Chemist”, The Scientist, to Chicago to record and mix the debut album from Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub.
I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Sirius XM host and legendary Jamaican DJ Dermot Hussey for The Friday Riff/Midnight Raver Blog. He interviewed The Scientist as well about our new record and a number of other topics. Dermot is atrue pro! Check him out on SiriusXM The Joint if you have satellite radio. Our segment starts about 30 minutes in…
By Dave Cantor
Photo: Michael Jackson
Honing in on sounds drawn from Jamaica invariably abut America’s jazz tradition. Drummer Ted Sirota’s more than vaguely familiar with both. But his estrangement from reggae and dub didn’t occur because of lacking fealty. The drummer just found himself more easily insinuated into jazz ensembles.