A year on from their debut release, the band celebrate with an open remix competition.
Jersey’s very own Jèrriais-singing pop-folk band, Badlabecques, is celebrating its debut album – ‘Hèque Badlabecques!’ – receiving the Genuine Jersey mark, a year after it was launched in the Royal Square on Jersey Reform Day, 28th September 2012.
To mark the occasion, and in keeping with the band’s vision to make Jèrriais culture more contemporary, they are releasing the ‘stems’ – or separate tracks – of one their songs for local DJs and producers to ‘remix’, in an open competition. The first prize will be £50.00 retail vouchers (£25.00 for Genuine Jersey products and £25.00 for White Label Records), with a second prize of £30.00 retail vouchers (£15.00 for Genuine Jersey products and £15.00 for White Label Records).
Lead singer and co-founder of the band Kit Ashton reflects on a busy year:
“The fact that this is currently the only music album to to be allowed to use the Genuine Jersey Mark is a great moment for us. It’s really the culmination of a lot of dedication and hard work that not only went into making it locally, but also in promoting it by performing all over Jersey, as well as in Sark, Guernsey, and France. In many ways Badlabecques is more than just a band – it’s a really unique cultural project that I hope will encourage more people to engage with Jersey’s special culture and language, learn some Jèrriais, and be entertained along the way.”
The Chief Executive of the Genuine Jersey Products Association, John Garton, says: “The Genuine Jersey products Association Management Committee approved Badlabecques application for their ‘Hèque Badlabecques!’ album to carry the Genuine Jersey mark as the tracks on the album were arranged, recorded, mixed and then mastered by them in the Island. Clearly it is also great that the lyrics are in Jèrriais and they aim to encourage people to engage with Jersey’s special culture and language.”
The best remixes will be streamed for free from the band’s website – www.badlabecques.net – and the winners will be announced in December when Badlabecques will be releasing a Christmas album.