SOJA, Passafire, Iya Terra

Tue Apr 16 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Senate

1022 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201

$19.99 ADV / $25 DOS

All Ages

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AEG Presents
SOJA, Passafire, Iya Terra

  • SOJA

    SOJA

    World

    Nearly two decades ago, SOJA began as high school friends in a D.C. area basement
    teaching each other to be musicians and play roots reggae music. Today, the 2x
    GRAMMY-nominated eight-piece band, with over 7 million online followers and over
    300 million Youtube views, headlines concerts all over the world for their massive
    dedicated fanbase. Even with their continued success, SOJA always wants 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 (Oct 27 2017), 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 the thing you’re scarce on,” frontman Jacob Hemphill says.
    “Then once you get busy enough time becomes the thing you’re most scarce on. So
    spending time at home becomes your most valuable commodity and then the
    collaborative process starts taking place over the phone and email instead of in person.
    For Poetry In Motion we asked ourselves, ‘What if we went back to the beginning and
    wrote, arranged, recorded and produced 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 did all together.”
    The band set up at Haunted Hollow Studios, Dave Matthews Band’s 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 showed up with new ideas, new instruments and
    new gear. The band enlisted Rob Evans, Ivan Guitierrez and Mariano Aponte to coproduce
    the songs, and there was an open-minded sentiment throughout. “It was a
    learning and experimenting process,” Jacobs notes. “We got the exact thing we wanted
    from it.”
    The album’s 11 tracks embrace reggae completely, focusing on what the genre does
    best. They referred often to their 2009 album, Born In Babylon, to remind them of where
    they came from and how they’d like to go forward. Poetry In Motion is the beginning of a
    chapter, but it’s also a return to the past. It’s a revitalization of what made SOJA so
    special to begin with. It’s about eight guys in one room making reggae music that truly
    means something.
    “We’re going back to our roots and what we do best,” Jacob says. “We’re remembering
    why we started this band and the magic of what we’ve built. We were lucky enough to
    create our own family and we picked every brother by hand. This album feels like we’ve
    had an amazing family reunion. It’s a blueprint for our future.”
    Poetry In Motion continues the band’s belief that music should speak for people and
    uplift them. The album looks at the world today and asks why it feels like something is
    wrong when so much exists around us. "Fire In the Sky,” propulsive and upbeat, takes
    the positive outlook on humanity while “Life Support,” a more introspective song, tackles
    the negative outlook. All the other tracks fall somewhere in the middle, as Jacob and the
    band grapple with the human condition, unafraid of big topics and essential life queries.
    “The definition of the title is three-fold,” Jacob says. “I’m poetry, the band’s motion. The
    human race and the animals and plants that are spinning around on this Earth are
    beautiful – it’s poetry flying through the universe in motion. And then, thirdly, we are this
    beautiful poetry but we keep moving away from it. Right now it feels like we’re moving in
    the wrong direction and it’s scary.”
    The album poses questions but never takes on a definitive reply. SOJA isn’t offering an
    answer. Instead, the answers are out there for each listener to find on their own.
    "There’s no periods on anything,” Jacob notes. “I give hints and glimpses, but my own
    opinions on the human condition change every year. Sometimes I’m climbing,
    sometimes I’m sliding. So maybe I’m not the right guy to be answering questions. But I
    can ask all these questions that matter and help people. I’m out there fishing for the next
    person.”
    His ultimate goal with each song is simple. “How do I make the human condition come
    into this song?” he says. “How do I relate to the biggest family of all time? That’s all I’m
    ever really trying to do.”
    SOJA’s energetic, impassioned live performances have a similar effect. Averaging
    around 120 shows a year for the last decade, SOJA has toured with acts that include
    Dave Matthews Band, 311 and Incubus, and engaged a massive international fan base
    of die-hard followers at festivals that include Bonnaroo, Hangout Festival, Wakarusa,
    Cali Roots, Summerjam Germany, Woodstock Poland, Personal Festival Argentina,
    Ziget Festival Hungry and many more. Their live shows offer people a chance to look
    both inward and outward, and feel part of a global community, particularly since SOJA
    has headlined shows in over 30 countries. For SOJA, everything is about connection,
    whether it's with the world around them or within the band. “Nothing worth doing in life
    can you do by yourself,” Jacob notes. “We’re in this together.”
    SOJA is:
    Jacob Hemphill – Vocals / Guitar
    Bobby Lee – Bass
    Ryan Berty – Drums
    Patrick O’Shea – Keyboards
    Ken Brownell – Percussion
    Hellman Escorcia – Saxophone
    Rafael Rodriguez – Trumpet
    Trevor Young – Guitar / Vocals

  • Passafire

    Passafire

    World

    On Passafire’s fifth studio release, Vines, the Savannah, GA based rock outfit continues to progress towards what they feel is their true identity as a band in the reggae rock genre. After starting fresh with several new pieces to the puzzle on their 2011 release, Start From Scratch, they have now teamed up with Easy Star Records (Easy Star All Stars, John Brown’s Body, The Green, Cas Haley) for what the band considers their best album yet. “Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star’s sound and style,” says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. “They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them.”

    Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years, they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Rebelution, Pepper, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn’t mind the grueling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there’s always something to go see or do. If we didn’t tour constantly, we wouldn’t be doing as well as we are. That’s a fact.”

  • Iya Terra

    Iya Terra

    Music

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AEG Presents

SOJA, Passafire, Iya Terra

Tue Apr 16 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Senate Columbia SC
SOJA, Passafire, Iya Terra

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