Music: NANA by The Dread

BeFunky_null_1.jpgInspired by Hip Hop, Rock, and Skate culture, The Dread creates music based upon their hybrid lifestyle. Mixing East Coast Hip Hop with Rock and Reggae, The Dread prides itself on real individuality.
Front man Billa Camp left school to write, produce, and tour with his former band, Treologic. Billa’s vocals and production are featured in the new video game Watch Dogs and on ABC’s primetime television show Black Box (Episode 2 – Sweet Little Lies). He’s also been spotlighted and interviewed by Fuse TV, opened for N.E.R.D, Wiz Khalifa, Pac Div, Del the Funky Homosapien, The Roots and appeared in Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push” video. Through skateboarding, Billa would continuously crossed paths with Painter, DJ & Hype man, Shelly “RUIN “Johnson.
RUIN has toured with entertainment groups, been featured in major skateboarding magazines, acted in major Hollywood films and is an active member of an art collective called Infusion Project. RUIN’S Paintings & Murals have been collected and commissioned across the country. His artistry is evident in many of his talents and personality.
Guitarist/Producer Nolan Silas is a childhood friend of Billa’s and began working with The Dread on their last EP Something Like A Band. Nolan’s first band Man|Droid has played NAACP concerts in Grant Park, opened for Do or Die, Hitch, Haymarket Riot & jammed with the band Mazarati. Writing for Man|Droid was the first time Nolan got to compose his own music from start to finish, learning not to care what outsiders thought.
In the tradition of music, art and skateboarding, The Dread brings a freedom of expression you can ride to.
Why did you select this song as your current single?  
We chose to use “NaNa” for our current single because it’s the best representation of The Dread’s current sound, for it’s simplicity and universal message.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?  
“NaNa” is the first single for our next EP. We’re still in the process of finishing and agreeing on a name. Hopefully, it’ll be ready for summer but it’s better to get it right then rush. So, we’re focused on making something we’re proud of, apposed to just rushing to put something out.
What was the writing process for the song? 
First, we made the music and gave the track a good ruff mix.  Then, we wrote & recorded a ruff draft of the hook and finalized the concept. Next, we wrote & recorded a ruff draft of the verses and finalized the songs arrangement. Last, we went to a professional studio where we re-recorded all the vocals and had the song mixed and mastered to it’s current sound today.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?  
The song is about saying, “No, I will not let other people’s opinions interfere with my life”.  “I’m not tripping on Bullshit and please don’t give me a reason”-NaNa.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song? 
“NaNa” live is high energy and interactive. It’s one of the high points of the show. The band’s energy automatically goes up a couple notches, once we start playing the song.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song? 
Our fans can definitely summarize who we are as artist from this song because we’re influenced by rock & hip-hop and “NaNa” is the perfect example of that.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video? 
We’re actually planning the concept with our videographer right now. So, I can’t really give you too much information but what I can say is, “it’s going to be Dread”.

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Upcoming Performance:
April 3 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin  w/ The FastPlants
April 11 – Champaign, Illinois
May 15 – South Chicago @Small World Inn  w/ Cojack

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