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OriginArlington , Virginia , United States
GenresReggae , reggae rock
Years active1997-present
LabelsATO Records , MapleMusic Recordings (Canada), DMV Records, Innerloop
Associated actsNahko and Medicine for the People , Michael Franti , Gentleman , Falcao , Collie Buddz , Supa Dups , Damian Marley , J Boog
MembersJacob Hemphill Eric Rogers (1997-2002) Bob Jefferson Ryan "Byrd" Berty Ken Brownell Patrick O'Shea Hellman Escorcia Rafael Rodriguez Trevor Young
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Nearly two decades ago, SOJA began as high school friends in DC area basement teaching each other to be musicians and play roots reggae music. Today, 2x GRAMMY-nominate eight-piece band, with over 7 million online followers and over 300 million Youtube views, headlines concerts all over the world because of their massive dedicated fanbase. Even with their continued success, SOJA always want to remember their time together in that basement inspired by each other's contributions and ideas. The feeling of true magic, collaboration and brotherhood that started it all is still evident today in their music and each night at their live concerts. For their latest studio album, Poetry in Motion, it was essential for SOJA to consciously go back to the beginning and recapture that same sincere, collaborative magic sparked 20 years ago. For your whole life, money is thing youre scarce on, frontman Jacob Hemphill say. Then once you get busy enough, time become thing youre most scarce on. So spending time at home becomes your most valuable commodity and then the collaborative process starts taking place over phone and email instead of in person. For Poetry in Motion we ask ourselves, What if we go back to the beginning and write, arrange, record and produce the entire thing together? All eight guys in one room to create something special. That was the approach to this record-to make something we truly love and do all together. The band set up at haunt Hollow Studios, Dave Matthews band studio, near Charlottesville, VA. The idea was to live and work together in one place, investing all their energy into the process. They spent three months in the studio over several sessions in late 2016 and early 2017, spending hours sitting on the back porch discussing music and life. Everyone shows up with new ideas, new instruments and new gear. The band enlist Rob Evans, Ivan Guitierrez and Mariano Aponte to coproduce songs, and there was open-mind sentiment throughout. It was a learning and experimenting process, Jacobs notes. We get the exact thing we want from it. Albums 11 tracks embrace reggae completely, focusing on what the genre does best. They refer often to their 2009 album, Born in Babylon, to remind them of where they come from and how they like to go forward. Poetry in Motion is the beginning of a chapter, but it is also a return to the past. Its revitalization of what made SOJA so special to begin with. It is about eight guys in one room making reggae music that truly means something. We were going back to our roots and what we do best, Jacob say. Were remembering why we started this band and the magic of what weve build. We were lucky enough to create our own family and we picked every brother by hand. This album feels like weve had an amazing family reunion. It is a blueprint for our future. Poetry in Motion continues bands ' belief that music should speak for people and uplift them.

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