Ed and Jason, better known as the music production duo The Smokering,
have been building their self-produced catalog for the past 6 years.
Ed was born & raised in New York and has called Los Angeles home for more than 25 years.
Ed's East Coast hip hop roots are the foundation of The Smokering's signature sound.
Jason is a Southern California native. Surrounded by music & film all his life,
the influences on his music are endless.
The duo have always drawn from a deep well of musical influence and personal experiences
to produce an ever expanding collection of music that is difficult to classify.
The beginning was 2005, with four complete studio albums right out of the gate:
"Escape From Van Nuys", "Fall Classic", "Poder A Le Gente", and "Tropicalifornia".
These albums were recorded and produced during one of the hottest summers on record in Los Angeles.
The Smokering released the classic "13" in 2006. Four additional albums were created that year, notably "Scorpittarius",and the late-nite chillout masterpiece "La La Land", which yeilded two of
The Smokering's most well received songs, "Freshoutdabox" and "Sativa".
Over the next few years Ed & Jason would work with a host of formidable artists
including Lumis (Bazerk, Pigface), David "Mavis" Senescu (Cynic, ONLY),
and bassist Ray Burke (Bruce Dickinson, Live After Death).
"Blacklight District", released in 2007, is the album that defined the duo and
realizes their distinct “soundtrack" vibe. They would record 2 more albums that year:
"The Motherboard Connection" and "Floatation Device". Both are unreleased.
2008 found the Smokering duo transforming into group form, with the addition of
Lumis on turntables and vocals, Ray Burke on bass, and Leanna Burke & Larry Foster on percussion. This collective blazed through 4 shows and left an edilible mark in their wake.
Crowd response was not only positive, but overwhelming.
In the latter part of 2008, Ed & Jason returned to the studio to createthe lush and
dynamic "Colorformed". Chillout, funk, trip hop, r&b, dub reggae, and even a touch of smooth jazz can be heard on this breathtaking album.
September 2009 the compilation '05 - '09 was released and features choice tracks from their first 13 albums. It can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com & Rhapsody.
Fall 2010 brought new music from the Smokering. "Mellow Majestic" was released on Global Vortex Records. This album is a sophisticated blend of old school and nu-skool trip hop.
Fresh sonic landscapes blanket the air & strings fuse with hip hop rhythms & psychedelic vibes.
In April 2011 the Smokering released the first installment of
their new mixtape series "Adventures In Wi-Fi".
"Disco Balls", the retro uptempo dancefloor energy filled E.P. was released
on May 16th, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
October 2011...a new music collaboration project featuring the Smokering and Lumis James named AUDIO 3 releases a 14-track album of all-new music. Free to download.
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