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Brownswood Bubblers Five // Daru & Rena

February 19, 2010

If you’re a regular visitor to this website you’ll know that we’ve been profiling some of the artists featured on the brand new Brownswood Bubblers FIve compilation which is released on 8th March 2010. We’ve already brought you Ron Basejam, Electric Wire Hustle and Shuanise. Up next – Daru & Rena.
Alongside his sister Rena, Daru makes the kind of hook-laden, soulful bumps that result in whiplash! Delightfully dishevelled, their sound is perfectly exemplified by a joint called ‘Happy’ on Bubblers Five. Here is Daru with the lowdown:

Okay let’s get the introductions out of the way. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
My name is Daru Jones (Drummer/Producer & Artist) and I currently live and reside in Brooklyn, NYC. I’ve worked as a professional drummer and producer in many genres, alongside artists such as Slum Village, Black Milk, Idle Warship, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Bilal, J-Live, Muhsinah, Rena, Kissey Asplund, Eagle Nebula, Reggie B. and Kim Burrell to name but a few.

How would you describe your music to folks who aren’t down already?
Soul-Hop meaning Soul Music Meets Hip-Hop with a message.

Who have been your biggest inspirations in life?
God, Grandad, Mom and Dad (both Music Directors MD’s & Musicians/Organ players for 25+ years), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
Legendary producers who have inspired me: DJ Premier, Jay Dee (J Dilla RIP), Pete Rock, Dre, Marley Marl, Beatminerz, Kay Gee, Eric B, Erick Sermon, Bill Maxwell, Micheal Brooks…
Drum influences: Vinnie Colauita, Dave Weckl, Tony Willams, Virgil Donati, Steve Smith, Peter Eskine, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Dana Davis, Bill Maxwell, Stewart Copland, Mike Lee and Terry Givens…

What have you been up to recently work-wise?
Drumming on Black Milk’s ‘A.O.T.Y.’ project coming summer 2010. You can check the first single (and my drumming) on ‘Keep Going’ feat. AB over on the Okayplayer site.
I’m always working on music and have multiple projects running at any one time. My Spirit Dilla “Rusic” project is nearing completion. Same goes for my Eagle Nebula collabo EP. As for beats, I’m always working on something!
Got a few gigs coming up too (on the drums):
24/2/10 – w/ Tiara Wiles in NYC
25/2/10 – w/ J-Live, Camp Lo plus Cee Knowledge and Buttefly (from Digable Planets) in San Francisco. CA – TBC
18/3/10 – w/ Black Milk band at South By South West SXSW
16/7/10 – w/ Daisy Jopling (UK Violinist) in Germany

plus plenty more shows w/ Black Milk, Daisy Jopling, Rena + more…

I know you’ve always got a little sumthin’ sumthin’ available on the download tip. What’s out there right now?
Check my ‘Spirit & Soul-Hop Sampler ’09′ (featuring productions/remixes for the likes of Muhsinah, Rena, Kissey Asplund, Eagle Nebula etc.) which you can download for FREE at
Also ‘Rusic Rap Records Vol.1′ over at the Below Concrete blog

What’s your website/myspace where folks can check out you and your music? (coming soon)
Facebook & Twitter (darujones)