Collage by Cristiana Bucureci
“Bucureci Andrei of Black Rhino Radio has commissioned me and Marius Costache to write and produce a theme song for his Everyday Is Halloween bi-monthly radio show. We took the challenge without a brief based solely on our experience and love for industrial dub.
Dub music and Obeah art has constantly clashed with industrial rock and metal. The sounds of Killing Joke, Mark Stewart & The Maffia, Tackhead, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Alien Sex Fiend, Meat Beat Manifesto, Pop Will Eat Itself and their albums, singles and videos have been a constant inspiration to us Transylvanians. Nothing is more transgressive than life in the post-industrial, post-communist Carpathian mountains. In ancient times we had a lot of bloodshed, in the Dark Ages followed carnage and mutilations from the ruling empire and the communist regime brought censorship, mind control and famine.
Some things changed, most haven’t: only recently, Roșia Montana, an ancient gold mining town has entered the UNESCO heritage program that allows it to be protected from greedy politicians and schizoid capitalists. Everyday Is Halloween here in Transylvania, with or without COVID or Mike Myers.”Obeah
After ten years of making eclectic music, the dub ghost musician from Romania has tuned in to another frequency creating Lil Obeah from Transylvania. When it comes to his sound, he defines it as duppy dub from a parallel universe – The Shape of Dub to Come dimension.
He works with professionals in the music business, from Bucharest-based producer Marius Costache of Studio148 to international stars like Nick Dubulah of Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground and Dreadsquad. His remix work includes local artists like Tony Baboon, Oigăn & Ana Ularu, Soare Staniol, Sofia Zadar, international sound clashers like Dubmatix, Dub Pistols, Prince Fatty and Ghetto Priest, but also fictional acts like Reefah Madniss from Berlin.
Obeah considers Dub music sound art and aims to create a forever authentic Romanian horror film soundtrack with his songs and remixes.
Marius Costache is a music artist, studio engineer and Bucharest-based music producer. His passion regarding sound transcends the modern thin line of musical genre and steps into the world where sonic laws are meant to be just an example, not a path.
He is Discordless, performs with Environments and Febra and from his Studio148 has produced, mixed and mastered ambient music, electronic, hip-hop, post-rock, noise, folk, classical, jazz, post-hardcore and Balinese sounds for bands like Goran Bregovic, Mytrip aka Angel Simitchiev, Valerinne, Cyberian, White Walls, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, EMIL, COMA and labels like his own 148, dunk!records and our Bulgarian neighbors AMEK.
Bandcamp only release.
Lil Obeah – vocals, samples, concepts
Marius Costache – production, mixing & mastering
Boris Kulenovich – electric bass
Marius Costache – keys, percussion, sounds
Collage and Art Direction by Cristiana Bucureci
All Lil Obeah vocals recorded by Marius Costache at Studio148
Special thanks to Nick Page Dubulah aka Dub Colossus
Special thanks to Rodion Ladislau Roșca aka Rodion G.A.
Obeahs lyrics and vocal melody by Ministry
All the best from Transylvania.