Genre bending DC trio, RDGLDGRN (pronounced, Red Gold Green) have already distinguished
themselves as a band-to-watch in and out of the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound
derived from Go Go Drum (a distinct DC rhythm) puts a twist on hip-hop infused punk and indie
rock and creates something refreshingly unique.
They have already gained attention in the states with supporters from the likes of Nirvana
Drummer and Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl; as well as Pharrell Willams, who both
contributed to the production of the band's debut album. Their performance on this summer's
Van's Warped Tour turned listeners of different genres into lifelong RDGLDGRN fans.
Support for the band has extended past their US presence. Before playing a single show in
the UK market, they had already gained key support with Huw Stevens at BBC Radio 1 who
playlisted one of the cult faves 'Million Fans’ and additionally, ‘Million Fans’ and ‘Lootin In
London (Featuring Angel Haze)’ were both named 'In New Music We Trust' by Radio 1.
Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began
making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of
influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What
many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed
to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and
something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.
The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called “I Love Lamp” on
YouTube- a way for friends and local fans to listen to their music. They had no idea that within
just a few weeks, the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable
figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere.
Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took
notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN’s debut, also signed them to his
label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records.
Upon entering the legendary Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, CA, a studio where Fleetwood Mac
recorded ‘Rumours’ and Nirvana recorded ‘Nevermind’, RDGLDGRN were fortunate enough to
have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man, and hometown hero, Dave
Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.
It wasn’t just rock royalty that took notice of RDGLDGRN; the hip-hop community was also
taken by the band’s unique sound. Genre-bending artist, producer, and designer, Pharrell
Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track “Doing the
Most”, lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album that showcases
Green’s undeniable talent for rapping and singing infused with Pharrell’s style of unusual beats
and musical wit.
The result is a debut that truly demonstrates the group’s ability to straddle genre lines, to combine
musical polarities and unite both artists and fans over music that’s multifaceted. However, it’s
not the musical intricacies, or the obscure combination of influences, that make RDGLDGRN
who they are. It’s their ability to create something entirely fresh and new, something that’s often
overlooked in this state of the industry where musicians try to stay afloat by following trends.
If you ask RDGLDGRN who their biggest influences are, they’d tell you the Beatles and Bob
Marley. And while RDGLDGRN don’t exactly sound like those legendary artists, they do share
in common something less tangible- they all have made it a point to carve their own path by
creating something entirely unique.