Italian reggae band Mellow Mood – Led by twins Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia – officially debuted in 2009 with “Move!”. Produced by Paolo Baldini, who was later to become their sound architect, the allbum was intended to be a first “move” on the reggae scene and gained unexpected international success. Thanks to their heartfelt live shows, Rototom Sunsplash named Mellow Mood best Italian reggae band, and ranked them third at European level in the same year. The two singles “Only You” and “Dance Inna Babylon” now have more than fifty million views on YouTube.
After a line-up change, Mellow Mood went back into the studio with Baldini to record “Well Well Well” and were signed by Italy’s most important independent label, La Tempesta, in 2012. Sailing through new-roots, rocksteady and tribal clubbing, Mellow Mood proved to be among the protagonists of a new generation of reggae artists hailing from all over the planet. A major European tour followed and led the band to play in 12 countries, performing at important festivals like Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Sziget Festival.
Mellow Mood released twin albums „Twinz“ and „2 The World“ in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Produced by Paolo BAldine and published by La Tempesta, the albums are enriched by international collaborations (Tanya Stephens, Jah9, Richie Campbell, The Gideon & Selah). In late 2015 Mellow Mood also celebrated the birth of their own sub-label La Tempesta Dub (to release the band’s future works) with a touring mini-festival hosting international guests.
Mellow Mood kept busy touring Europe and America intensively in 2016 and 2017 performing at many of the most important reggae events of both continents.
After a short hiatus, the band announced that they will release new material in 2018. Entitled “Large”, the new record is set for release in April 2018. At a time in which “tropical house” is climbing up pop charts worldwide, Mellow Mood decided to record a straightforward roots reggae album focusing on honest, heartfelt song-writing and heavyweight rhythms. The writing of the songs took place during the summer of 2017 and was characterized by a more “live” approach as it was mostly arranged by the band in their rehearsal room and recorded live in Baldini’s studio. The use of vintage instruments dating back to the ‘80s era sets the sounds of the album, which was mastered in Dallas, TX by renowed Chris Athens (Drake, Nas & Damian Marley, Erykah Badu, DJ Khaled, Alborosie). Emerging American artist Dewey Saunders (who previously worked with Stones Throw Records, Chronixx, Rayban, Anderson .Paak) provided the artwork for the album. The main theme of the record is a criticism of today’s market economy, which is constantly pushing us to produce more, consume more and live “large” rather than nurturing human relations, taking care of each other and appreciating what we already have (title track “Large”).
BOOKING: Alexander Brechow