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Check out The Originators

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Originators.

We’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
We are all Reggae musicians that have been performing more than ten years each. We came together in the spring of 2017 as our singer Blaine Mazzetti has just released a solo album and had shows lined up to support it. A little more than two years later and we have been playing shows alongside some of the greatest reggae legends still around including Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, Mykal Rose, The Wailing Souls, Alborosie, The Wailers and more. We continue to push ourselves to create the most original music we can while still holding true to the classic sounds of traditional Jamaican Reggae. Last June we released our debut EP ‘Every Time’ which can be found on all major outlets. We keep writing music, playing shows, and sharing our passion with everyone we have the privilege of performing for.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We create Reggae music that is original and unlike any other found in California. We hold true to the classic sounds while adding our own style to the music. We are heavily inspired by The Roots Radics band and classic American R&B such as Motown. We combine elements of these influences along with our singer’s life experience on the Rincon Indian Reservation to create songs that authentic and tell stories that would otherwise go untold. We hope people will hear our music and understand that Reggae music is more than famous Bob Marley songs and smoking weed. For us, Reggae music is a voice to those whose stories must be heard, a way to share what the Reservation is really like. We also sprinkle in some classic lovers rock and breakup tunes as well. We all work full-time day jobs, some of us have children, and we find the time to pour our souls into the music we make when we have the opportunity to do so.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
We believe that you should only do something if your whole heart is in it. When you have passion, you will continue with your art regardless of financial success or struggles. Don’t give up and keep reaching out to people and places that can help you share your art and keep you moving in the direction you want to go. Remember, progress is not linear, and we learn from downfalls and mistakes.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We can be found at or Instagram @theoriginators_reggae.

People can support us by purchasing our music or merch online or through digital streaming, coming to our shows and posting videos or clips of us playing live, posting our music or them listening to it and sharing the music with their friends and family. They can also reach out to us and book our band or help us find places to perform. All of these things help us gain exposure and continue moving forward.

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Image Credit:
Mark Valenzuela
Nate Hochstetler
Cartoon : Alicia Crismali

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