Hailing from San Diego, California, the roots reggae band popularly known as Tribal Seeds, embodies the core SoCal beach lifestyle. Their positive lyrics and spiritual energy echo the good vibrations every surfer derives from the power of the ocean. Thanks to years of dedication and true interest in their faithful fans, Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards and vocals) and Ryan Gonzo (guitar and vocals), are now traveling the world, playing the music they truly believe in.
The Surf Channel sat down with Tony-Ray of Tribal Seeds to discuss the influence of San Diego beach culture on the band, what inspires them to continue creating music, and their plans for the future.
THE SURF CHANNEL: How would you describe Tribal Seeds as a band?
TRIBAL SEEDS: Roots reggae with a youthful energetic feel.
How would you say San Diego beach culture influences your music style?
TS: Reggae music fits the San Diego beach environment perfectly. Reggae music promotes good/positive vibrations and the ocean gives the same vibes, so they go hand in hand.
Where do you find inspiration to write your music?
TS: From God first, and from other reggae artists old and new. The messages and music they’ve created will always inspire us. Also, our fans inspire us to continue to work hard on our music. They show us so much love and support that we want to create good, positive music that we hope they enjoy.
Which one of your songs describes Tribal Seeds the most?
TS: I don’t think any one song describes us. Even though our foundation is reggae, I feel like we have a variety of styles of reggae, so I feel like the album as a whole describes who we are.
What is the message you guys want to get across to your fans?
TS: Uplift yourself! Live positive. Stand for what’s right.
Describe your newest album, Representing.
TS: I feel it’s our best production yet. Spent a lot of time in the details of the music, most we’ve ever spent. With roots Reggae as the foundation of our sound, I feel we give it a fresh energetic feel. The lyrics will always promote a spiritual, uplifting, loving and militant message.
What other reggae bands do you work closely with? Who would be a dream band to collaborate with?
TS: Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Iration, Soja, Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth, the Expanders and New Kingston are some bands that we’ve done numerous tours and shows with and are good friends of ours. But the list is so long of other up coming bands that we’d love to take on tour in the near future. As far as collabs, we’d love to work with artists like Dezarie, Chronixx, Damian Marley, and J Boog, to name a few.
It’s a long list.
Where have you felt most welcomed by your fans?
TS: There’s a few places that the first time we played we were received with so much love and support. Hawai’i, Aruba, Guam, Colorado, Florida, and of course our hometown San Diego. There’s a list of cities and sates I could go into as well. We’re just very blessed to travel and receive all this love.
Where are you most excited to play next?
TS: We hope to go to Europe and South America in the new future, and any where else the music takes us.
What can we expect next for Tribal Seeds?
TS: Just continuing to create music and push ourselves to grow. We’ll always be touring and playing shows, so check for us in your town. Website: www.tribalseeds.net
Tribal Seeds are headed to Colorado August 8-10 for the Arise Music Festival held at Sunrise Ranch.
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