JUMP ventures into interesting mix of music styles
Walker's Quarry Bull Bay came to life last evening as Arif Cooper and Di Blueprint Band introduced music for the first time at the secluded mining site during the launch of JUMP, a live band show that includes a DJ.
The Quarry is located minutes from the Harbour View round-a-bout in the direction of St Thomas and houses several heavy-duty trucks and tractors that help to give the venue a unique look.
The first of its kind in Jamaica, JUMP is an electronic dance music (EDM) concept using both Di Blueprint's live performance and music played by a DJ.
Known as a pop, R&B and reggae band, Di Blueprint is branching out into EDM.
The band's manager, Seretse Small said, "Di Blueprint decided that as a local band that is looking for an international market, and because of who they are, they wanted to focus on dance music."
Out of this idea JUMP was born.
Starting with party rock to get the audience in the mood, Di Blueprint and Arif Cooper played an hour-long set which included popular versions and original songs.
Di Blueprint received good reception for their single Baby Boo, though it was older songs like Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, had patrons kicking up dirt in the dusty yet clean venue.
Arif Cooper provided a capella versions of several hits while the band complemented his selections with instrumentals. All the samples were in sync and, on some occasions, the patrons could not tell the difference between live music and an actual recording.
JUMP will be hosted at a venue to be announced on November 30.
MORE SHOWS TO COME
However, Di Blueprint is looking to do a series of smaller events leading up to the major show.
Also on board with JUMP are popular party promotions team, Zen Events and Red Bull, who were on site with the Red Bull music mobile.
The launch of JUMP was supported by several persons from neighbouring communities. Umbrellas were set up to protect guests from the afternoon sun who, for the most part, appeared to enjoy the performance from the shade of the various bulldozers and earthmovers parked on location.