Belmar Pro Music: A few questions with NJ’s Echo Movement

1.) If the question is “Who IS Echo Movement?”, how would you answer that?
DAVE: The abstract answer is it’s not anybody, nor any group of persons. It’s the defining kinetics of the Echo Generation embodied by a universal language: music. We’re the first generation to embrace the global village through the Internet, a solid accomplishment that can only lead toward better communication and facilitate the progress of humans, instead of only countries, states, etc.

The practical answer is we’re a reggae band from New Jersey.

STEPHEN: I score that entire answer 10 out of 10.

2.) So you guys are literally just getting back in Dirty Jerz after a summer-long tour, how’d that go?
STEPHEN: Our summer tour went great. We connected with fans across the country and the love was tremendous. Our tour spanned two counties, twenty states and forty cities within two months. As an independent band, we feel like we just climbed Mount Everest…and crazy as it may seem we are heading right back out. We leave for another tour out west in three weeks: Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Texas. Can’t wait!

3.) I see you guys have an album dropping at iTunes Store on 9/13, any preliminary thoughts, or cool things for your fans to know about the album before it drops?
DAVE: Yes sir, it’s called Music Played On, and we are stoked about it! It’s the remake of seven songs from our early works, which are now discontinued. The album based on the energy from our live set, so the arrangements aren’t two-minute baby bites for the radio. There’s lots of open space for listeners to play or get lost in. Sometimes musicians get caught up in filling every crevice with a melody, but they rarely give the listener a chance to enjoy a soundbed and let their own thoughts lead them to a unique place.

These are local songs. Red Sunday was written on Shark River Bay. The rest were written on the beach or around Monmouth County, and that vibe should resonate with anyone from the area.

This is the first known album in contemporary music to intentionally use binaural beats. On two of the tracks, we introduce two sine waves of slightly-varied frequencies (only a few Hertz in difference) and play one through the left channel and one through the right channel. When you hear these through headphones, your brain processes these independent frequencies as an algorithm. It knows something is happening, but isn’t sure exactly what to do, so it creates a perception of modulating amplitude, or a beat, even though there isn’t one. The result is accompanied by a variety of experiences, from relaxation to temporary psychosis. Sure, we’re just musicians, but why can’t we induce psychosis on the side? Enjoy ;j

4.) You guys were just interviewed by our friends at Eastern Surf Magazine, that said, do any or all of the members of the band surf?
STEPHEN: Yes, Dave and I grew up on the beach and the ocean is a big part of who we are. However, we have been on the road a lot this past year and there isnt any room for a surfboard on our bus, so that can make it pretty difficult. On this last tour we still had a good amount of beach days between gigs and we were even able to borrow a surfboard from a friend in Jacksonville, FL. We spend the day at an incredible campground on the beach and after a few lessons Colin and Nick were standing for the first time. Everyone in the band has an Original skateboard (Original is one of our awesome sponsors) so they picked it up fairly quickly. I wish every show was near a beach.

5.) Echo Movement has played the Belmar Pro beach stage before, any cool memories about previous Belmar Pros, and, what is your anticipation for this year’s event?
STEPHEN: The weather was beautiful last year and we loved watching the surf competition before we played. This Saturday will only be our second time playing the Belmar Pro, but we are hoping to see a nice crowd in front of the stage. Happy faces, hula hoopers and tiny bikinis would be a pretty good start…but we will see what the day brings us!

 

Check out the full stage lineup for the Belmar Pro weekend 17/18th

Belmar’s Minister of Entertainment: Barry Peterson

Since Belmar’s Pro Entertainment Overlord is on-point again for this year and has helped to re-organize the overall beach layout, stage setup, band booking and the after parties, we figured it made sense to re-visit this gem of an interview from last year’s event! …. And, since his band Barry and the Penetrators (along w/ Fiction 20 Down) will be rocking out the BPro once again this year, we figured re-posting was a no-brainer! Enjoy:

"Hi, I'm Barry. Welcome to Belmar. Hope you have a great time."

So Barry, what is your history and connection with Eastern Lines?

Barry Peterson: When I was 14 years old, I came into Eastern Lines on Main St. and met Don Tarrant, (owner) and instantly fell in love with the surf culture in Jersey. Coming from Cali, it felt just like home. I started working there 15 years ago and have been apart of the Eastern Lines family ever since.

And tell me about your longstanding Belmar party band, Barry and the Penetrators.

Barry Peterson: I’ve had the band 12 years, and we are total beach lifestyle music. When the first Belmar Pro came around, they needed a band to play on the beach and we filled that slot perfectly.

How’s the groupie situation these days?

Barry Peterson: The groupie situation is going very well. My wife’s in the band and she has tons of groupies. Ha. The rest of us are all ugly.

How did you become the master of musical ceremonies at the Belmar Pro?

Barry and his Penetrators will be rocking all over Belmar in Sept.

Barry Peterson: After the first one, I realized that I booked my band all over and could definitely get other bands to play the Belmar Pro. Don Tarrant said “go for it,” and just blew up from there.

Who do we have on the line-up this year?

Barry Peterson: This year we have, of course, Barry and the Penetrators, as well as Paul Cilinski, Predator Dub Assassins, the Solid Few, Echo Movement, Fiction 20 Down, Burning Suns, and Flight’s Kool.

What new bands are you excited about?

Barry Peterson: Fiction 20 Down, from Maryland.

What kind of a sound do they have?

Barry Peterson: They have a reggae, rock vibe.

Fiction 20 Down

How difficult is it to find acts that are going to keep everyone happy on the beach?

Barry Peterson: That part is tough, but we have such a big genre of different artists, that there is basically something for everyone.

Have you had moments where there was something insane happening on the stage while there are all these families on the beach?

Barry Peterson: Yeah, when Three Bad jacks from LA played, they lit their stand-up base on fire.

And you’re band always has a few gigs that weekend?

Barry Peterson: Yeah, check the Belmar Pro website for everywhere we’ll be playing throughout the contest.

Do you get exhausted?

Barry Peterson: Yes but I stay totally hydrated with my Vita Coco.

Where else will you be playing this year?

Barry Peterson: We’ll start a tour after the Belmar Pro is over. We’ll be playing from Vermont all the way down to Florida. Can’t wait to see all our East Coast friends. You can check out the new video from Barry and the Penetrators, “Wicked Game,” here.