March 22, 2013
Steel Pulse perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, NYC. WATCH >>
March 5, 2013 SteelPulse.com relaunched to help fans learn more about us, the music, and our focus on love and justice.
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.
But that year also saw the birth of a campaign - Rock Against Racism (RAR) - aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music - a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End. The campaign involved groups like TheClash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.
For my set-up with Steel Pulse - I use the following keyboards in my rig:
2.NORD STAGE or Fantom G6 (only)
3.O1WFD w/sustain pedal
4.Motif 7ES w/sustain pedals
5.Trinity Rack Module
6.Boss FV-L 500 stereo volume pedals
7. Mackie 1604 Mixer
I like a diverse sound when performing with the band as these keyboards provide me with
sounds that readily accessible. When performing with a band as Steel Pulse with such
vast repertoire –at any given moment I need to recall certain combination of sounds/patches.
The Triton gives me sound that cuts thru the band as I use it mainly for horns patches that I customize.
It's then send midi to the Trinity Rank that allows me to make the brass expressive while playing along side Jerry.
The O1/W provides me with the vintage pulse patches from the older songs and is also great for solo patches.
The Motif provides most of the rhodes,piano, strings and clav sounds that bring out life on certain parts
I use two sets of Volume pedals with allows me to bring dynamic to the overall sound.
Finally – The Nord or Fantom are spares in case another synth goes dead while on tour.
They all go in to a Mackie mixer in stereo pairs – From there I send a stereo mix to the FOH and Monitor world,
This way I control the balance to make the engineer's life much easier.
Sidney "Predator" Mills is a London-born, Jamaican-raised, legendary artist and producer who has been instrumental in shaping the landscapes of both Hip-Hop/Rap and Reggae music since the late ‘70s. In Jamaica, he attended Happy Grove High, Portland and Kingston College in St. Andrews. Sidney Mills continued his education at Brooklyn Tech College in New York.
Mills’ musical career began intelligibly by hanging out in St. Thomas with Outer Limits bandleader Reggie Mills and Theo Jackson of the Sonny Bradshaw Band. He ultimately secured a spot along with friend Kenton McBean in the St. Thomas Methodist Church Band which he held for more than seven years. In 1981, Mills moved to New York to play with renowned outfits like Iz’s, Calabash and A-Team Bands, backing up headliners such as Beres Hammond and Judy Mowatt. While touring with Mowatt, Mills was offered the chance to work with critically acclaimed reggae band, Steel Pulse, with whom he has remained for the past twenty-one years.
As the keyboardist for Steel Pulse, Mills has been involved with continuing the commitment of fighting injustice, promoting positive messages and educating the masses through spiritually uplifting music. While serving in this role, he was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Reggae Producer. As a member of Boogie Down Productions, he produced, remixed and engineered several of Hip-Hop’s most influential musical masterpieces.
While finding his way through the Hip Hop Industry, Mills along with engineer/producer Dwayne Sumal (Nuff Nuff Music) became partners with then New Jersey based company Continuum Records with C.E.O. Tim Brack where they co-produced songs for Kid Rock, Bobby Womack and Ronny Woods of the Rolling Stones.
Producing since 1980, Mills has collaborated with, among others, such musical heavyweights as: KRS-One, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Junior Reid, Ziggy Marley, Shinehead, Gwen Guthrie, Shaggy, Michael Stipes (R.E.M.), Shabba Ranks, Luciano,The Neville Brothers, Frankie Paul, Afire, Mikey Dread, Shelly Thunder, Big Mountain, Dennis Brown, Dollarman, The Slackers, Sly and Robbie, Kevin Batchelor and Super Cat. Mills has scored several films, including Fly By Night and Jamaica Beat and produced the Steel Pulse single in Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing.’
At present, Mills is CEO for SPI Music Inc and consults for all clients of CEG Entertainment’s New York offices. He is also set to release, in 2013, his first solo album entitled The Ambient Dub Files Vol. 1.