Live in the Atrium: The Catalyst & California Roots Present
E.N Young, Mystic Roots
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
E.N Young, born Ian Allan Young, is a roots musician born and raised on the USA/Mexico border in San Diego, California. E.N started playing piano at age 6, which was the beginning of his musical life. His parents bought him a white upright Samick Piano that he still records and plays on today. At age 12, he broke his left arm and the doctor recommended some physical activity to help recover. In response, his father bought him a drum set to help with his recovery. Not only did it help physically but E.N found a passion for percussion and drums. With his new drumming talent, he reinvented himself on the piano and his musical world was revealed.
Reggae music has always been a part of E.N Young's life. Growing up with his brothers, Manuel and Mike'Chunky Roots' Marquez, reggae was around and the influence was strong. Daily, E.N and his brothers would search for the next reggae tune that caught their ears and lose themselves within the reggae vibes. Now, E.N is more involved in the reggae scene than ever imagined. Not only has he established a name for himself as an individual artist but also as a writer and producer.
E.N started performing when he was 15 years old and in 2002 he became a member of the band Stranger. As a band they put out four studio albums and toured on the West coast, including Guam and Hawaii; which led them to win the San Diego Music Award in 2009. In 2005, E.N Young met Bonita/Chula Vista locals, Roots Covenant and backed 30+ Jamaican artists. In 2010 E.N began pushing his solo career by releasing his first debut album ‘Luck & Chance No More’ under his new label, Roots Musician Records, May 1 2010. He became the first artist under RMR and began to tour as a solo artist. Along his musical path, he has played onstage with many influential reggae artists including Quino Big Mountain, Devastators, Johnny Clarke, Triston Palma, Sammy Dread, Heptones, Everton Blender, Jah Batta, Michael Palma, Sister Nancy, Edi Fitzroy, Anuhea, Tamarama, Stranger, Carlton Livingston, Don Carlos, Slightly Stoopid, the Abyssinians, Clear Conscience, Eek A Mouse, English Man, Gonzo, Tribal Seeds, Milton Henry and more.
In May 2011, E.N went into studio with Tribal Seeds to produce their new EP ‘SoundWaves.’ The EP was released in July and received world-wide attention. From Hawaii to New York, E.N Young completed a fall national tour as the opening artist for Tribal Seeds. A year after that E.N officially joined Tribal Seeds,playing keyboard, melodica and singing.
Construction of E.N’s studio, Imperial Sound Recording Studio took place in August of 2012 and was completed in January of 2013. Imperial Sound Recording Studio is the most southwest recording studio in the United States; bordering Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It was a dream that has manifested into a professional recording studio. The doors to Imperial Sound were officially opened on January 2, 2013. As soon as the studio was ready bands began to come through the studio to record some great records. Some of those bands include: Tribal Seeds, High Tide, Hirie, K Bong, Beyond I Sight, Gonzo, Inna Vision, Clear Conscience and Without Papers. Imperial Sound Recording Studio is located near the Imperial Beach in sunny San Diego, California.
E.N Young is continuing to make sweet reggae music in his studio producing tracks for several bands and Roots Musician Records signed artists, including Gonzo, Leilani Wolfgramm, Tatanka, Mystic Roots Band, Clear Conscience, Revival, Animo, Inna Vision and Skanks Roots projects. He released his sophomore album ‘Live, Love, Stay Up’ in January of 2015 which consisted of 27 tracks including acoustic and dub versions. The album featured Tribal Seeds, Maad T-Ray (Of Tribal Seeds), Kali Navales and Jah Gumby (of Ooklah The Moc) and Gonzo. E.N recently released his newest album ‘Call On Me’ in April 2016 with it debuting at #3 on Itunes reggae charts. To E.N Young, ‘Call On Me’ is his most artistic and free album so far and he believes it will be a bridge for new reggae listeners as well as a continuing foundation for roots lovers. E.N Young's main goal continues to be, to travel the world spreading good through music and inspiring others.
Mystic Roots Band (MRB) is a Chico, CA born, 5-piece pop reggae fusion band. With two feet solidly in reggae, the band seamlessly juggles elements of dancehall, Hip-Hop, EDM, pop, and a taste of rock. The band is always sharpening their evolving musical arrangements of vocal harmonies that are made richer by the groups’ female/male dynamic. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, yet with a powerful, positive message. Attending a Mystic Roots live concert guarantees not just music for your ears, but also a high-energy show and powerful experience you'll never forget. MRB promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message while still having a good time and keeping the party going!
The band is always on the move, accepting choice offers to play renowned music festivals and notable shows, playing support to artists such as Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Blink 182, Magic! Violent Femmes, 311, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds and more. Relentless touring and an exciting stage show have garnered a fan base from the West Coast to the Far East, from So Cal to Singapore. The band has completed several successful tours in Asia, rocking crowds in Japan, South Korea, Guam and are getting ready to embark on a tour through Europe this December, stopping in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece through the "Armed Forces Entertainment" program.
MRB is fresh off the release of their newest single, "Summer Festival" which topped iTunes "Hot Tracks" in Reggae at #1, was ranked #12 in "What’s Hot" in ALL genres, and was the 2nd best selling Reggae single of the week during its debut. "Summer Festival" is a feel good Reggae pop tune that’s sure to get you ready for summer or have you reminiscing about summers passed. "Summer Festival" is a timeless song that all ages will love and is an exemplification for music festivals worldwide. Mystic Roots band is currently working on a 5 song EP that includes this song and 4 more with similar easy going and positive vibes spearheaded by the production of E.N. Young of Roots Musician Records and Tribal Seeds. The EP will be available in early 2015.
The single "Summer Festival" is the follow up to Mystic Roots album "Camp Fire", which includes two albums; the first of which showcases Mystic Roots in a Reggae Roots style on Volume 1 "Camp" along with a second disc: Volume 2 "Fire" which features EDM and Club remixes.
Over the years, Mystic Roots Band has made some stellar achievements. Here are just a few examples:
-4.5 million+ views on YouTube for underground hit: “Pass”
-New Single "Summer Festival" Debuted in August 2014 at #2 on the iTunes Reggae charts and was listed as #12 on "What’s Hot" in ALL genres
-2nd studio album, “Cali-HI” named by iTunes as one of the “Best Reggae Albums of 2010”
-Winning the LA Music Award for Best Reggae/Pop Album, “Constant Struggle," which includes the underground hit song, "Pass"
-Starring in their own one-hour episode of reality TV, which aired nationwide on (T.L.C.).
The band is working harder than ever and ready to accelerate the pace that's gained them fans in the US, Mexico, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and beyond. With over 1,500 shows played in some of the finest venues across the land, a rapidly growing fan base, and the success of the new single "Summer Festival" the Mystic Roots Band are on a mission to take their road-tested, fresh, new sound to audiences worldwide.
Quickly becoming one of Santa Cruz's next premier Reggae/Rock groups, Pacific Roots is building their popularity by stirring the crowd in with their upbeat reggae jams thrown around with punk rock swells and solos, mixed melodiously to produce an original Cali based sound and vibe. The group has shared the stage with well known artists such as, Jamaican reggae legends Sly and Robbie, New Kingston, Black Uhuru, The Expendables, The Hold Up, The Expanders, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Arise Roots, Josh Heinrichs, and more. Their self titled debut album, produced by Adam Paterson of The Expendables, is available now!