Hailing from the beautiful seaside city of Huntington Beach, Calif., Dirty Heads is an American alternative band with hip-hop, reggae, ska and punk influences. Jared "Dirty J" Watson and vocalist/guitarist "Duddy B" Bushnell founded the band after meeting at a party during their freshman year of high school in Orange County, Calif. When they began collaborating in Bushnell's garage, Watson had no musical experience, and Bushnell was in a punk rock band. The band name was a popular nickname the two were called by their family members while growing up. The band would end up adding other members and refining its sound in the reggae fusion genre over the course of several years. Although the band began touring in California, Arizona and some parts of Mexico, it is now a national act.
Dirty Heads is fortunate enough to have had a number of positive working relationships with a variety of other musicians and collaborators, including Sugar Ray drummer Stan Frazier, The Vandals' drummer Josh Freese, Beatles collaborator Billy Preston, Peruvian jazz percussionist Alex Acuna and guitarist Slash. It also enjoys featuring other singers, such as Grammy-nominated British reggae singer and DJ Tippie Irie, heavy metal vocalist M. Shadows and vocalist/guitarist Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome.
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Who are the other members of Dirty Heads?
Drummer Matt Ochoa, percussionist Jon Olazabal and bassist David Foral are also members of the group.
Which bands do the Dirty Heads commonly tour with?
The Dirty Heads most often tours the US with 311 and Sublime with Rome, but it also commonly tours with Pepper, O.A.R., Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law and Matisyahu.
Which bands are similar to the Dirty Heads?
Bands that are similar to the Dirty Hands are in the pop, rap and reggae genres with a style that is alternative reggae, rap-rock or contemporary reggae. This could best be called "reggae fusion." A few examples of very similar bands are Rebelution, Iration, Slightly Stoopid, Passafire and the Soulicitors. Of course, there is also Sublime with Rome. Other similar bands are National Vibrations, Katchafire, Ooklah tha Moc, Green and the Soldiers of Jah Army.
What can I expect from a Dirty Heads concert?
Dirty Heads' concerts are well-known for being unique with intense musical performances that stand out above the rest. For example, one of its sets had 18 songs in 75 minutes. The band typically includes some songs from its last album. As for instruments, the group tends to use an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, a bass guitar and a mandolin.
What are Dirty Heads' common song themes?
The band lets its laid-back South Cali vibes come through in its songs with positivity and catchy tunes. The band's songs are often about loving and celebrating life with relaxed and feel-good lyrics.
What are examples of other bands that have influenced the Dirty Heads?
Reggae-rock band Sublime was a definite influence on the Dirty Heads through its career. Both Watson and Bushnell grew up listening to the band and knew the same people from Long Beach, only they were from a younger generation. They met Eric Wilson and Brad Nowell from the band and previously had Lewis Richards work as their producer. Another influence was The Black Keys. Similarly, The Black Keys strives to maintain modern music with soul with a little bit of a vintage sound.Back to Top
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