The Lost Hot 8 Recordings is an attempt to give back to the community what Dinerral gave to the world during his short stay on this planet as we all try to remember his soul and by this I mean his wondrous sound.
Hot Eight Brass Band Lost Recording Series: Flag Gang – The Last Big Parade Before Hurricane Katrina, a secondlne parade in 4 parts. Please check back soon for the second installment. » Download Part 1 (31mb) (includes audio, images, and story)
Super Sunday Parade
Dinerral Tuning His Drum
Hot 8 University of Michigan – Swamp Stomp Cut Sound Check
Interviews with Dinerral Shavers
Dinerral talking about how he makes music
How Dinerral got started in the Hot 8 Brass Band
Dinerral during Hurricane Katrina
The Hot 8 Brass Band: www.hot8brassband.com
Hot Eight Brass Band Lost Recording Series:
ALL PROCEEDS from the album are being donated to a fund set up for Dinneral’s son D.J. All artists involved with the Dinerral Shavers Fund have donated their time and resources.
Back in 2001 after bearing witness to some transcendental second-line parades we started chasing the rhythmic unicorn – recording sound in motion – that is, trying to record a 5 – 7 hour fast-moving, dynamic, big parade, in it’s entirety without pause. Because in New Orleans it’s not only the bands that sing but the fabric of the street which tells a story in sound. It had never been done before.
With the help of some great sonic heads and advances in technology, we put our minds together and started testing different methods and techniques, ideas and dreams and with a handshake agreement with Bennie “Big Peter” Pete in the Dragon’s Den when it doubled as a Thai restaurant and a brass band club, we began an odyssey field recording New Oreleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band. First, working out the kinks sporadically in 2003 and then recording in earnest in 2004 and by the end of Hurricane Katrina in the clubs and out on the road members of the band were referring to us as their sound men.
Early on it was clear we were witnessing something spectacular in sound and if any one truth holds across the spectrum of New Orleans brass band music (maybe all music) it’s that nothing stays the same long, nothing ever lasts – for one reason or a thousand, beautiful sound windows opening and closing in the puff of a butterfly’s wing whether through better-paid opportunities, harrowing obligations or maybe more often than not – Shakespearean tragedy. We wanted to document as much of this sonic space as possible for posterity for great change seemed hovering right above us all.
Soon we were recording everything we could; radio interviews, sound checks, university auditorium concerts, juke joint shows, parades, voice-over vocal sessions, tall tales and lies and the giggling that always seemed to follow such things. In this way we were able to capture intimate vantage points in sound – riding to shows on a bike, in cars, in vans, on planes to this gig or that one and looking around at them listening to them playing for their musical lives as we documented the time no matter where it was, who did what, said what to us for as long as we could before it became too dangerous or the band asked us to stop.
After recording the Hot 8 for just a year it’d become clear Dinerral was one the driving forces of their big sound. We’d mic the band and then put a special mic just on Dick. And every time, afterwards, we’d sit around and listen to the sound round his air – close eyes listening close – with the head phones on, and you could feel his sound changing, hear him doing new things from week to week, innovating his sound, searching for something, new ideas, getting better every time he touched his sticks, riffing over old rhythms, riffing over old r and b hits, riffing over hip hop hits, riffing over obscure old brass band hits, riffing over the sounds rolling round his head, all twisted up into something else, something more; the birthing of a New Orleans sound.
He is 24 years old, I think to myself – my God, he plays so good. And then just like that he was gone. The lost hot 8 recordings is an attempt to give back to the community what Dinerral gave to the world during his short stay on this planet as we all try to remember his soul and by this I mean his wondrous sound.
Rest In Peace Dick