High times - positive vibes! The new single from Gidon delivers this message with a heavy roots reggae ska sound. The origins of this song were heavily influenced by the High Times brand and lifestyle. The writing began as an ode to the history of the magazine, as well as a message about the struggle with the prohibition of cannabis. As the lyrical ideas progressed, a universal message emerged. Turn over a new leaf and see what you’ll find.
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From a sun kissed studio on the coast of Southern California, Gidon brings us a unique and authentic reggae sound. Fusing elements of rock, jazz, soul and old-school roots- rock-reggae, Gidon creates a sunny, groove-filled sound that is every bit as soulful as the Jamaican legends who inspired him. His high-vibe music reflects the diverse, cross-cultural influences that defined his early years. Being a veritable jack of all trades, Gidon is often juggling multiple roles on his tracks including: writing, producing, performing, engineering and composing. His latest single “High Times” is no different as he plays nearly all the instruments with a reggae aficionado’s aplomb. Adding in tasteful electric guitars and choice arrangements is good friend and song writing partner Cuni Besic.
“High Times” is the first single from the much anticipated EP that is scheduled for release in Spring 2019. This upcoming EP follows up the successful “Rise” EP release from 2016 (Slipway Records, London, U.K.). Where “Rise” has a unique London sound, most of the songs from the upcoming EP have been created and recorded in Jamaica with some of the most legendary artists around including Sly and Robbie, Beres Hammond, and Clive Hunt. These amazing producers and artists have lent their ears, hands and hearts to Gidon’s music to create a perfect hybrid of the highest order.
His first Jamaican single “Call Me” (Liberation House) produced by Robbie Shakespeare and Maestro, got steady radio play on MELLOW FM and the venerable IRIE FM - Jamaica’s number one radio station. The “Rise” EP had play on revered selector David Rodigan's BBC 1 Radio Xtra and Dennis Bovell's "Dub on Air" program on SOHO Radio. Chuck Foster - L.A.’s famous host of KPFK’s “Reggae Central” is a big supporter and spinner of Gidon’s fresh cuts.
Gidon trods the globe with his positive vibe and universal sound perfectly suited for festivals and stage shows of all shapes and sizes. Past noteworthy events include: Ostroda Reggae Festival - playing alongside Stephen Marley, Sly & Robbie and Katchafire in 2011; performing and winning Carbondale, Colorado’s 2012 Mountain Fair Songwriters Competition; Opening the 2013 “Reggae to Reggae” show in Portland, Jamaica alongside Ken Boothe, Judy Mowatt, Duane Stephenson; Veg Fest in L.A. and Orange County, California 2016-2017. Stay tuned as this artist continues to emerge as one of the brightest and original sounding new stars on the international reggae circuit.