DMillicanbass

Not Neighborzly

now for my 2 cents..... lets start with bass: i had not met any of either band members prior to this. I had not heard jays bass lines, or any of BN songs until i played a show with them in my side project. The way jay acted towards me at this show, was disrespectful, and very egotistical. I had to approach him to say hello, at which time he made some weak comments to me and acted negatively. Where's the reggae love you claim jay? I play a 5 string, and jay plays a 4 which creates different ways to write bass lines over chord progressions. to get a bit technical, on sunshine, i utilize a minor 11th to get to the 3rd chord in the progression, and i use the minor 3rd 2nd and root note to emphasize the last chord, with another minor 11th to loop the progression together. jay uses consistent 5ths on each progression, with no scale deviation. so before you talk about MY bass lines listen to them first. I write all my lines myself. after listening to both songs there are definite similarities to both, but for the most part its basic chord progs. and lyrics. at no point are any of our bass lines similar, so leave my bass playing out of this. Ive wondered recently why this was such a big deal to jay and erik. is it really about "stealing" or is it about you two acting like girls, and not dealing with this like adults. you both look like egoistical a**holes that wont let your hatred for each other go. How are either of you going to be ambassadors to reggae music when you cant even get along with other musicians? what do you mean to accomplish by a law suit? money? fame? something to feed your ego? do you plan on asking for money from us? throwing around those words because your pissed doesnt help your side, it just makes you look emotional. what do you plan on achieving through a "band off" this will NEVER happen because neither band will be able to agree on a venue, time, or who a "winner" is. Is this a way to prove something? I would really hate for one band to get butt hurt because they didnt have enough people at the show, or some other excuse that would come out of either bands mouth if they lost. My old bands still play the songs that i helped write, and guess what I DONT CARE! in 99.9% of music cases it is the whole band that writes arranges and plays their songs. even in Stings case, there were others who helped him with his vision.
— October 17, 2011 12:15 p.m.

Not Neighborzly

After reading all the biased comments from both sides, i thought it might be smart of me to give unbiased thoughts first, then add my own commentary First of all this is a fight between Erik and Jay. This really doesnt have anything to do with the music, since Piers (guitarist) was in both BN with jay and Caleb, and in SR with myself and erik (we can leave drummers out of this argument) Piers played with BN at the same time as SR for about 3-4 months, during which the songs in question were being written. This shows that members of both bands had a hand in creating both songs. (Piers still owns the name BN, which can be found on the SD countys copyright website) Secondly If both Erik and Jay would have been more diplomatic in their approach to creating a means of peace, this problem wouldn't even exist. I can tell you first hand that most of the guys in both bands don't really care about the situation(Caleb& Mikey- Myself& Kevin)Jay didn't really take the "Jah" approach in contacting us, and erik didn't do a good job in reacting to Jays aggressive behavior, thus creating biased, emotionally scared lines of communication that would be difficult to overcome. To combat this, jay tried to bring in myself and others into the argument, which really is about the hatred that these two men have for each other. reacting to this negatively was eriks approach, not necessarily the views of all of the band, which created a snowball effect of emails to myself from Jay, and more shit talking by both bands.
— October 17, 2011 12:11 p.m.