FOR many bands, making it big is about the money and the fame. But for Brisbane band Dubmarine it really is all about the music.
After three years together the nine-piece group is set to release its first full-length album – a mix of electronica and its token “old-school, '70s reggae”.
But the band members' sights are not set on getting their music to commercial radio but rather remaining true to their fan base and their unique sound.
Bassist Paul Watson said the band did not have music appropriate for commercial radio, but that suited just fine as long as community stations continued giving Dubmarine air time.
“Commercial radio wouldn't support our music – it's irrelevant,” he said.
“We're not anywhere near the format that commercial radio requires.
“Community radio has just been so good to us, especially 4ZzZ, Melbourne's PBS radio, 3RRR, and Noosa FM.
“We're involved in a grassroots level and play different music.
“We obviously want things to go well but in the end we like making the music we do.
“We write and play the exact music we want to.”
Of the nine, Paul played one of the biggest roles in starting Dubmarine, after attending a party with guitarist Jeremie Nagabbo.
At the party the men came across D-Kaz, who is now in charge of rhymes and melody, and the trio “jammed” for most of the night.
From here, Paul said, the band grew into nine people as they adopted Paul Donehue on percussion, Wayne Katz on drums, Joel Alexander on the keyboard, vocalist Cat Walker and dancers and trombone players Nick Torpy and Mikael Strand.
“We need that many players,” Paul said.
“We play it all live so we need that many musicians to make that much noise.”
The group based its unusual name on its music style, dub, and on what the members wanted their music to be.
“It's just about wanting to play reggae and also wanting to go deep, like a submarine,” Paul said.
“It's just a fun name.”
The West End group attributes its sound to the Brisbane reggae scene and after two EPs, a DVD and a month-long tour of Europe it seems the new album Depth of Sound is the latest addition to the growing craze.
“There are lots of weird noises on the album,” he said.
“There are some of our old songs on it too.
“It's sort of the end of an era because from now on everything will be new material.”
The group will soon begin a tour launching its new album with its first stop at the Nambour Originals on November 28.
Making the Sunshine Coast the first destination was an easy choice for Dubmarine which loves to perform here.
“We are pretty active on the Coast,” Paul said.
“We really like the community. The Sunshine Coast has lots of groups and the community puts on these events all the time.”
Following this tour the group hopes for another European tour in 2011 or 2012, with plans for a new CD to be recorded at the end of next year.