by twin brothers Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia, Italian reggae band Mellow Mood was formed in Pordenone in 2005 but
officially debuted in 2009 with their first record, entitled “Move!”.
Produced by Paolo Baldini, who was later to become their sound
architect, the album was intended to be their first “Move” on the international reggae scene: totally self-released, it was an
unexpected success and the two singles “Only You” and “Dance Inna
Babylon” got a total of more than ten million views on YouTube.
Their heartfelt live shows led Rototom Sunsplash to name Mellow Mood
best Italian reggae band, ranked third at European level. Two years of
intensive touring and artistic growth followed. After a slight line-up
change, Mellow Mood went back into the studio with Baldini to record
“Well Well Well”, released in May 2012 by Italy’s most important
independent label, La Tempesta. Ranging from roots-reggae to rocksteady,
to tribal clubbing, “Well Well Well” is intense and elegant, and showcases
the progression of Mellow Mood, as they proved to be among the
protagonists of a new generation of reggae artists coming from all over
the planet. The tour following the album release led the band to 12
European countries, where they performed at the most important festivals
like Rototom Sunsplash, Sziget Festival and Sumol Summer Festival.
Over the second half of 2013 the two singles “Dig Dig Dig” and “Extra
Love” were released (the latter features reggae legend Tanya Stephens),
as a preview of the band’s development. Their album, entitled “Twinz”
released in June 2014. Produced
once again by Paolo Baldini, it has a streamlined line-up, prestigious
international collaborations and couples the rediscovery of roots music
with a deeper knowledge of the newest jamaican sounds.
Less than one year later, “Twinz” revealed its twin: “2 The World”, once
again released by La Tempesta, bears witness to the creative growth of
the band and is enriched by national (Forelock, Andrew I) and Jamaican
collaborations (Tanya Stephens, Jah9, Hempress Sativa, Gideon & Selah).
The title aims at both underlining the international calling of the band
and the work team gravitating around Baldini’s studio, as well as
showing how the Italian scene (artists and the general public together)
is now ready to find its place on the global reggae landscape.
With California Festival dates already confirmed at Cali Roots and
Sierra Nevada World Music fest look for more
2017 May and June dates for sure.
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