Baha Men’s Dyson Knight Talks New Album “Ride With Me”, 2016 Touring And More!

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(PCM) We were absolutely thrilled when we learned the news that Grammy-award winning band Baha Men had released their new album “Ride With Me” which marks their first new studio album in over a decade. “Ride With Me”  also marks the band’s first album under a three album deal with Sony Music.

The new album is fantastic and it truly captures the essence of what Baha Men are all about. It perfectly captures that live element and spark and was an incredibly fun listen! We absolutely can’t wait to bear witness to some of these tracks in the true live environment. A full fledged US tour is in the works for late 2015 / early 2016.

We had a chance to catch with Baha Men vocalist Dyson Knight to chat about what the band has been up to during the last few years, the recording process for the new album, their touring plans and more!

On the feedback the album has been receiving so far

DYSON KNIGHT: I have only read two of the reviews so far and one was extremely good and the other was extremely honest, but still good, so yes, I’m very happy with the feedback. I am more excited about the way that people are responding to actually seeing the band together on the road performing. The “Today Show” performance came off great, as well as the appearance at Autumn Fest. Things are looking really good right now.

On the “Today Show” performance and having a great time performing live

DK: That is our element. A lot of people don’t realize that the band is a band of real musicians. The guys just love to play and the front line just loves to perform. There is a lot going on as far as what we are capable of doing live. It was nice to be able to do it in front of such a large audience.

On the recording process of “Ride With Me” and what the mind-set was like in the studio

DK: It all started off pretty slow, you know, we did a whole bunch of tracks and really focused on getting that chemistry that was comfortable for the label, Sony, and for our producer Troyton Rami and something that was true to the actual vibe of the band. That was a very long process before we actually clicked on “Night & Day” which was the first one that got me to say that’s the type of song we are looking for and that was actually rewritten five times. It’s not my favorite track from the album, I was most excited about “Carry On” because that really carried a lot of energy that I knew the band would really enjoy performing, especially the front line. There is a lot of running around and dancing and fun interacting with the audience.

Recording that one, everything took place with Rik and I traveling to Florida and sitting down with Black Shadow Records and just brainstorming with Troyton and his crew. It was just coming up with ideas and taking them back to the band. Some of the members would fly up from percussion such as Monk to add that junkanoo flavor to it and things were able to be pieced together in this digital age. All of the songs were a lot of fun to record.

On capturing the essence of the band’s live spirit with the recording

DK: The leader of the band Isaiah Taylor, who plays the bass, he’s a junkanooer. Junkanoo is our native cultural sound and he’s very conscious of ensuring that the music isn’t mistaken for any other type of music from the region, not the soca music or the reggae music, and that it actually has that flavor of junkanoo mixed with the pop sound, so that it’s more powerful to the entire world. We were very conscious about adding that junkanoo element, but everything else was just fun because the most important part is just the feel. How the music feels when you perform it has to be light, has to be playful and both energizing and rejuvenating. That’s what we go for in our music.

On the up rise of social media and the changes in the music industry from a recording stand point

DK: (laughs) We are sucking big time right now when it comes to social media! It’s tough because I’m the youngest member of the band and I probably do most of our social media outside of  the person that’s actually responsible and it’s like pulling teeth with the guys. For as long as they’ve been around, they don’t really see the importance of being in front of the mind in that social media scene and not realizing how much time people spend on social media and how it is the way that a lot of information gets dispersed. They would really prefer, and I would prefer too, just performing. Even if we can randomly perform at different places and just let people post about their experiences watching the band.

It is a totally different ballgame. The labels take on a different stance when it comes to putting out talent nowadays. They do a certain thing for the A-listers and then for a band like Baha Men, after 15 years, to reintroduce us, the budget isn’t as great. They believe in the music and that’s a great thing, they really love the band and I think it’s our Bohemian hospitality that’s keeping us in good standing with them. We can do a whole lot of work as far as social media goes and keeping up with how things have changed in the industry.

If we are going to be successful this time around we have to adapt to these changes. We are confident with the album, but it takes more than just having great songs.

On any songs that didn’t make the album cut or they would like to revisit

DK: Yeah, definitely. We did a lot of tracks prior to landing on what we felt would be a good balance and blend for this album. Before we actually walked into Black Shadow Records we had some forty plus recorded songs that we had done over the past fifteen years. It’s not a lot actually, but those are the ones that we felt strongly about coming through times, but never really got into releasing it. It was pretty much the same old school mentality of wanting to have a big label behind us before we release, as opposed to just going out on your own and being something like Macklemore, who is winning Grammy’s while being independent.

They didn’t have that vision, so that is what kind of stopped Baha Men from just staying current with their fans and I speak as if I’m not part of the band and I realize that (laughs)

On the most misunderstood aspect of Baha Men and the success of their single “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

DK: It’s difficult because “Who Let The Dogs Out?” did so much for the band and we appreciate that, but the band … I guess we were in cruise control before “Who Let The Dogs Out?” and we probably would have maintained a consistent presence had it not been for “Who Let The Dogs Out?” because that song just overshadowed everything that the band has done.  To be honest with myself and the band is honest with itself that “Who Let The Dogs Out?” is just a mega-song. It’s one of those songs that no artist usually comes by … there’s only one every couple of years that is that big and sticks and stays for fifteen years.

I can’t say that we regret it, but I can say that it’s been a blessing and a curse at the same time. The thing that we want people to remember, or actually realize, is that, yes, that is our mega-hit, but it’s not really the only hit. There’s been others, just not as big as “Who Let The Dogs Out?”!

On the inclusion of “Off The Leash” on the new album and it’s homage to “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

DK: I had no part in it. (laughs) I’m talking about being totally against something, but I’m a team player and I went along with the guys who were making the decisions. That song is really just looking for an avenue to reintroduce the band. All of the members of the band want to pull away from “Who Let The Dogs Out?” not to say to not have to perform it, but not to recreate another “Who Let The Dogs Out?” song … to have something else to be valued for, even thought at this point people still chant for the song at the beginning of our 90-minute set. (laughs)

They still want to hear “Who Let The Dogs Out?”, but we can take that because they still hear our other material and they dig it! “Who Let The Dogs Out?” is just the climax and it is just getting beyond that!

On touring for the rest of this year into 2016

DK: Everything is fresh at the gate and we have been waiting on the release of the album because it’s been a three year wait. It started out as just being an EP that Sony Records wanted to release on their Latin America umbrella and then it just grew from there. It’s a growing process with the touring and with the shows. Step one right now is for us to renew our working visas, so there is a lot of work to be done still. We have a strong team and we are doing a lot. Stuff that I can mention, you know we had to wait three years to even talk about it, but the team is very, very strong.  We just did the big football game half-time show at Metlife Stadium and there’s going to be more things in sporting arenas. We are looking back at the kids market with Nickelodeon and Disney, if we can get in there and just work to spread this music.

On his projections for Baha Men in the future

DK: We actually want to start full swing the beginning of a tour on New Years, we have a few offers and we have to figure out just the right one to take for the New Years concert. We also have people promoting what’s going on with us through social media. We have the dance called the Baha Shuffle that the front line and myself and Leroy Butler came up with and we want to make that viral. It’s a really cool line dance and I’m pretty sure it’s going to catch on! We have performed it a few times and people are already beginning to do it.

We are also looking into doing … I know there is some talks with One Direction to team up, but that’s one of the things you really can’t say it’s confirmed just yet and there’s some other people that are preparing to tour that we may team up with, so it’s going to be a busy year next year and we are just looking to put in a whole lot of work.

For more information about Baha Men: 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BahaMenOfficial

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bahamenofficial

Official: www.bahamen.com

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American Music Awards Reveals All-Star Duets For Live Broadcast!

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(ABC) dick clark productions and ABC announced today two spectacular duets to be performed at the “2015 American Music Awards, the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. Luke Bryan will perform the world premiere of “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Meghan Trainor will treat the audience to a performance of her platinum-selling song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and will be joined by Charlie Puth to perform his hit single “Marvin Gaye.”

They join previously announced host and performer Jennifer Lopez, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Carrie Underwood and WALK THE MOON. The “2015 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

Luke Bryan is a three-time Favorite Male Artist – Country winner (2012, 2013, and 2014) and is nominated again this year. Bryan is also nominated as Artist of the Year, his second nomination in that category. This is Bryan’s second appearance on the AMA stage; he first performed in 2013, singing his hit single “That’s My Kind of Night.” Fairchild will take the AMA stage without her band mates for the first time but Little Big Town is nominated for their first American Music Award this year in the category Favorite Duo or Group – Country.

Charlie Puth is nominated for his first American Music Award for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile. This will be Puth’s first performance at the American Music Awards. Meghan Trainor is a four-time American Music Award nominee and first-time performer. This year Trainor is nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary.

To help fans express their passion and excitement for the show, the American Music Awards and Twitter are launching custom Twitter emojis for all performers. All performers will have featured Twitter emojis to celebrate their appearances as they are announced. Viewers will be able to activate the Twitter emojis by Tweeting any of following hashtags from today through the end of the show on November 22:

Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild: #LukeKarenAMAs
Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor: #MeghanCharlieAMAs

Already announced performer Twitter emojis include 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonAMAs); Selena Gomez (#RevivalAMAs); Nick Jonas (#NickJonasAMAs); Demi Lovato (#DemiOnAMAs); One Direction (#AMAs1D); Carrie Underwood (#CarrieonAMAs); and WALK THE MOON (#WTMonAMAs). Additional Twitter emojis will be available soon.

Taylor Swift leads the “2015 American Music Award” nominations with six nominations. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tie with five nominations each, while Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Walk the Moon earn three nominations each. Additionally, Jason Aldean, Chris Brown, Luke Bryan, Drake, Fetty Wap, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Charlie Puth, Rihanna, Mark Ronson and Wiz Khalifa each receive two nominations.

For a full list of nominees please visit http://www.theamas.com/2015-nominees/ . The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans!

Harry Styles Urges Fans Not To Go To SeaWorld

HarryStyles(PCM) In the years since the SeaWorld-condemning documentaries The Cove and Blackfish alerted the public to the horrible mistreatment of sea life in the aquatic theme parks, the chain of marine mammal parks has been suffering from a decrease in park attendance and revenue.

Despite launching a promotional campaign to improve its public image, SeaWorld is continuing to struggle with backlash, and now they’ve received another blow in the form of a One Direction concert.

On Thursday, July 9th, at a concert in San Diego, California, One Direction member Harry Styles took a moment to urge the band’s fans to avoid SeaWorld. The singer briefly paused from performing and asked the fans in attendance: “Does anybody like dolphins?” before telling everyone to “not go to SeaWorld.”

Maisie Williams of HBO’s Game of Thrones was in attendance at the concert and, as an avid supporter of The Dolphin Project, posted a video of Styles’s plea to Instagram, echoing his words to her 1.2 million followers.

PETA, another fan of Harry’s move, applauded the musician on its website for taking a stance.

SeaWorld on the other hand was not too happy about the popstar’s words, posting the following public letter to Styles:

“We’ve seen a concert clip of you urging your fans not to visit SeaWorld. We want you to know we love dolphins too. We care for the animals in our parks like we would our own family. We are committed to making sure their lives are enriching and they are continually engaged socially, mentally and physically. And, we also care for dolphins in the wild.

“In fact, SeaWorld has rescued more than 480 whales and dolphins. Right now we are caring for a wild dolphin that we rescued several weeks ago. This animal would have died without our help. Our team is with this animal 24 hours a day, and has walked alongside him and cradled him to help him stay afloat. Our goal with him is the same as with any rescued animal: rehabilitate and return him to the wild.

We invite you to see for yourself, and then decide based on facts. We are happy to open our doors, take you behind the scenes, and have our trainers and vets answer any questions you have.

Sincerely,

Your friends at SeaWorld”

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Actor Billy Zane Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him

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(PCM) Aww … how adorable!  Actor Billy Zane think that all of the heartbroken tweets about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction are directed at him.

While he is certainly a bit confused, Billy Zane certainly appreciates all of the Zayn support on Twitter! He appreciates it so much that he even made a video about it.  Check it out below:

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Zayn Malik Quits One Direction. Millions Of Tween Hearts Broken!

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(PCM) One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made headlines last week when he suddenly dropped off the bands current tour and claimed he needed a temporary break to deal with “stress”. Now, Malik has revealed that he has decided to part ways with the group permanently.

Tweens on the internet promptly went crazy claiming to be absolutely depressed, devastated and heartbroken by the news.  The band’s publicist Simon Jones confirmed the news and said that One Direction will continue as four-piece. There was no mention about finding a replacement for Malik.

In a statement Malik says, “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.

I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”

The band was created by Simon Cowell back in 2010 when they were all individual contestants on the UK version of “The X-Factor”. Cowell commented on Malik’s departure saying, “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that ‎Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”

The remaining group members say that they plan to continue their world tour and very much look forward to recording their upcoming new album.

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Is One Direction More Popular Than President Obama?

(PCM) Well, it seems that according to Twitter that very well may be the case. It appears that now a tweet made by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has officially been retweeted more times that President Obama’s infamous re-election tweet.

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The tweet from Tomlinson was posted back in 2011 and was a simple love note to his fellow One Direction band mate Harry Styles that read “Always in my heart @HarryStyles. Yours sincerely, Louis.”

The heartwarming message has now been retweeted 757, 822 times which surpassed President Obama’s “Four more years” re-election tweet which has been retweeted 757,460 times.

President Obama’s tweet was record-breaking at the time, however it is now been ranked down to third place as the most retweeted message of all time. Tomlinson’s tweet is now in second place and of course we can all probably guess which tweet still hold the number one spot.

It is the famous Oscar night selfie from Ellen DeGeneres, which shattered all retweeting records and nearly broke the internet. It has been retweeted well over 3 million times to date.

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