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A Tribe Called Red is known for fusing traditional Indigenous music with electronic beats. This year they have released a string of new singles after their most recent full-length album entitled “We Are the Halluci Nation.” In an interview at Capitol Hill Block Party this past summer, KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros chatted with the group about their genre fusing style and the stories behind their music.
On Samples in Their Music:
“In the early years it was digging, just not in record stores. It was digging online just to find songs that would work that would have open parts in them. But that evolved really quickly with working with a record label called Tribal Spirit that have a number of drums on it. Most of the drums we work with (not sure what word this is) from that label, Black Bear, Northern Voice, Chippewa travelers are the main chunk that we’ve been using, Eastern Eagle. And that has evolved into us getting into the studio and collaborating with a couple of the drum groups. One of the reasons you see Black Bear’s name so much is that before the production of the Halluci Nation, we actually got in the studio and worked with Black Bear. That was our first chance to actually work with a drum group right from the recording up and more recently we got in the studio with Chippewa travelers.”
On Their Song Woodcarver:
On Fusing Traditional Indigenous Music and How They Respond to Critics:
A Tribe Called Red talks about how the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls comes up in their music.
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