Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
D.R.U.M.: Jones Plaza, Salsa on the Plaza, Sept. 4, 1990. Good reception.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
D.R.U.M.: Last Concert Cafe every last friday of the month. We do and event called Reggae Rhythm Revival, drum circle, DJ, and guest bands.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
D.R.U.M.: Varies, between one and six times a month
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
D.R.U.M.: Afro, reggae, funk, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, samba.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
D.R.U.M.: We were a percussion ensemble at the time, [and] wanted a name that people would remember easily and associate with the group. Since it's a verb and a noun it would be easy to remember. It stands for "Divine Rhythm United Motion."
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
D.R.U.M.: Touring; helping other conscious artists find theit way into the marketplace.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
D.R.U.M.: World tour.
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D.R.U.M. Plays the HPMA showcase 6 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Phul Court Sports Bar, 1311 Leeland.