Why hire Downbeat Switch?
Downbeat Switch is a Richmond, Virginia based rock band that was started in the Summer of 2002 in Mathews County, Virginia. The band's reggae, funk, rock, folk infusion set them apart immediately within the local scene. Using extensive vamping, consistent dynamic vocal harmonies, and a style all their own, Downbeat Switch was able to develop a diverse following. The band became known for their high energy live shows, positively oriented lyrics, and a hard hitting funky sound that allowed them to tour all over the area extensively over the following years. The band has three independently released albums; "Funk Shui"-2004, "Seconds"-2005, and "Run from the Sun"-2009.
Downbeat Switch is a quintet of musicians with a passion for life, music, and positivity. The band was formed in the Summer of 2002 in Mathews, VA by Wayne (bass) and Meredith (guitar, vocals). They moved to Richmond, VA for college that Summer and began playing with another Mathews High School friend, Michael Register (drums), who had also moved to Richmond for school. They began jamming and recording in Meredith's basement beneath his apartment in the Fan district of downtown Richmond. They soon met up with Bryan Clark (vocals), a Richmond-born vocalist whom they met through Meredith's sister. The band recorded and mixed their first L.P. entitled "Funk Shui", that was comprised of raw demo songs compiled on one disk which they released on June 29th, 2004. Blending rock, funk, reggae, jazz, hip hop, and folk in an eclectic ensemble of riffs, melodies, and grooves. With rhythms from the Caribbean, to Southern rock break downs, Downbeat Switch became known for their quick changes, tight rhythmic melodies, scat-like vocal harmonies, and high-energy live shows around Virginia. In 2005, Doug DeForge (keyboard, turntables), another Mathews, VA native joined the band and the band recorded a follow-up album entitled: "Seconds", which they released on July 6th of 2005. Downbeat Switch continued to tour around Virginia and North Carolina for the following three years until Doug left the band in the Fall of 2008. Tommy Vinson (keyboard), another Richmond-born musician and friend of Meredith's joined the group in the Winter of 2008. They began writing and recording in their new studio they had built in the West End of Richmond at Wayne and Meredith's house. Downbeat Switch released their third self-produced album entitled: "Run from the Sun" on June 5th, 2009. The band continues to play and write music for diverse audiences all over thanks to all their open minded and amazing fans everywhere. -THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT! Bryan- Meredith- Wayne- Michael- Tommy ~DbS~
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