Michael Goldwasser’s Reggae Rockers
Released: Sep 2016
Label: Three Kids Music
Producer/arranger/songwriter/musician Michael Goldwasser is at the forefront of the U.S. reggae scene, masterminding some of the most successful independent reggae albums of the last decade. His productions Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009) reinvigorated the genre, topping the Billboard reggae charts and winning over millions of new fans with his groundbreaking adaptations of classic albums by Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and the Beatles. On August 28, 2012, Goldwasser does it again with the release of Easy Star’s Thrillah, his re-working of the top-selling album of all time, Thriller by Michael Jackson, which comes out on the label that Michael co-founded, Easy Star Records.
Easy Star’s Thrillah is in many ways a homecoming for Goldwasser. He has been dubbed “the Mark Ronson of reggae” for his ability to bring authentic reggae vibes to any project regardless of what genre the artist is from, but he also comes from a background in R&B music, having been writing, performing, and producing that style at the same time as he was moving reggae forward with his popular productions. Michael grew up listening to artists like Jackson, the Isley Brothers, and Donny Hathaway, and they were as influential to his musical makeup as reggae greats like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Thrillah was the perfect opportunity to blend reggae and r&b to come up with an adventurous new sound that is firmly rooted in both styles.