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About Omayra Lopez

Omayra is a Florida girl, mother of three, and visual artist sharing all things art, fun and the beautiful things in life. She firmly believes that one creates their own reality and applies that to her own life by marching to the beat of a different drum, using her camera as a tool for that purpose. Omayra is a jack of all trades and masters them all. When she's not behind of the camera, she's in front of it. Her experience as a model, helped her develop her eye as a photographer.

[AltWire Interview] Jason Frilot of Sundive

Photo credit: Stonch Photography

St. Petersburg, Florida based band Sundive (formerly named Freelow –  which is a phonetic pronunciation of the lead singer Jason Frilot’s name) combines an eclectic mix of rock, and folk, creating a unique sound. The once four-piece band recently changed their name due to unforeseen circumstances and their lead took the time to speak to us about moving forward in their transition.

Altwire/Omayra Lopez: Hi, Jason, my name is Omayra Lopez with Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. Who have been your greatest inspirations and influences in music?

Sundive/Jason Frilot: There are so many bands that have influenced me but I mostly listen to lo-fi and binaural beats to unwind after shows. Here are a few artists who’ve really inspired me. I’ve learned a lot from front men mostly. Radiohead (Thom Yorke), Incubus (Brandon Boyd), Sublime (Bradley Nowell), Deftones (Chino), Avalanches, Wax Taylor, Beastie Boys, Chinese Man, El Ten Eleven, TwentyOne Pilots, Groundation, Dave Mathews, Jack Johnson, Tool.

Altwire/Omayra Lopez: With the changes in your band, what can listeners expect moving forward?

Sundive/Jason Frilot: Freelow was a group of very talented artists with a big full sound. I gradually depended on them more and more as I kind of just floated on the full sound. Starting over was hard for me but very necessary as I became a stronger entity on my own.

I still work with many of my previous members but, mostly, Sundive is a duo with myself on guitar/vocals/songwriting with Freddy Nerio on the cajon, who I’ve been performing and recording with for the last 3 years. Basically, people can expect a more mature and intimate version of Freelow. I’m very happy with the way things are progressing. I feel it’s the best evolution of my music yet.

Altwire/Omayra Lopez: What have been some of the greatest highlights of your career?

Sundive/Jason Frilot: Moving to Florida from New Orleans and being able to make a living performing my original music and getting to know so many amazing people has to be the brightest star in my sky so far. Other than that, being able to share the stage with big bands like Dirty Heads, TwentyOne Pilots, Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank, and Coheed and Cambria was an honor. I can’t let that get to my head though. I plan on going until my heart stops so I have to get used to doing things like that. The real stuff is the love and honor I get from being able to do this. It’s truly a blessing.

Altwire/Omayra Lopez: What do you enjoy in your personal time when you’re not recording or on the stage?

Sundive/Jason Frilot: When I’m not performing, I’m usually resting with my pup, watching stand-up comedy or hanging with friends but I’m usually performing as I’ve played 3-5 shows a week for the last 9 years.

Altwire/Omayra Lopez: What message would you like to send to your fans?

Sundive/Jason Frilot: If you have a passion, let it drive you. If you jump out of your nest of comfort, you will fly. Even if everything seems to be falling apart, it really isn’t. It’s all an illusion. What we choose to believe is what’s going to happen. You just have to believe. I moved here, not knowing a soul… with just my music to fall on and it seemed as if the Universe literally opened doors right before my eyes. As one closed, another opened immediately. You just have to believe and live for it with all your heart. My music is about perseverance through the power of positive thinking. I truly hope people pick that up from my songs… I believe they do.

You can currently catch Sundive locally in St. Petersburg. Connect with them on social media for shows and updates!




Arise Roots

Arise Roots – Come and Get It

Arise Roots’  new single “Come and Get It” is now live on all music platforms. 

Produced by Gary Larason (bigG Productions) and Rick Haze with the help of Lewis Richards (17th Street Recording Studios)

The Southern California based reggae band has strived to create a fresh reggae sound with a modern feel that appeals to all ages and races without compromising the the true feel of roots reggae.  With Come and Get It they have continued to accomplish their purpose. 

Arise Roots and Eric Rachmany (Rebelution) will remind the listener that hard times in life can be turned into a positive experience by appreciating their lesson, and Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald’s entrancing vocals and bass remind you that those  times are temporary. 

You can Come and Get It on all music platforms  and you won’t be disappointed!

band has strived to create a fresh reggae sound with a modern feel that appeals to all ages and races without compromising the the true feel of roots reggae.  With “Come and Get It” they have continued to accomplish their purpose. The unique entrancing styles of  Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid & Eric Rachmany of Rebelution will lift your spirits and have you dancing. 

Seranation – Dangerous [New Music]

After a successful tour with Sublime with Rome, St. Pete island-rock band Seranation have once again teamed up with Big Rome himself for the production of this catchy tune which combines dub-reggae, rock and hip-hop tunes.

Released just in time for all Halloween get-togethers, Its lyrics are very straight forward about a no-strings attached connection with that one person you know will break your heart and it’s a warning to believe them when they show you their true self (“You know I’m dangerous, my love is toxic.”)

Enjoy this single and all their other hits live. Seranation just announced that they’ll be ending 2019 and beginning 2020 in Canada supporting Sublime with Rome at Casion, New Brunswick!






Kulcha Shok Reggae Sunday

Kulcha Shok Muzik’s Reggae Sunday Series – AKA “Church”!

Fall has just begun and in Miami, it’s Reggae Sunday all through October! 

This concert series hosted by the legendary Lance-O, is the perfect beachside Sunday Funday, or a unique night out as the music will play all day and all night.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the KulchaShok merch booth for some reggae couture, as their clothing is the lead in roots and culture fashion!


Sunny State Releases New Video And Single: “Solutions”

Sunny State is bringing on the California vibes and a fresh reggae/island rock style with their debut release, “Solutions,” a single in which their lead, Chris “Cristo” Reed described as follows:

“As I was writing, I thought about my two daughter’s Violet and Indigo and the type of world they’ve been born into. As flawed as it may be, it is still so beautiful and I want them to focus on solutions and not get caught up in getting down about the problems of the world. Instead, I want them to come together and help lead the charge in solving them.”

Indeed this inspiring song leaves the listener wanting more of their unique and powerful music and lyrics. The band is currently touring locally in California and you can enjoy them live out in the Sunny State! You can also watch the video for “Solutions” here.

HIRIE Releases New Album – Dreamer

HIRIE - Dreamer
California based reggae/tropical-pop band, HIRIE have just released their latest album, Dreamer,  written with the collaboration of The Drive—a.k.a. songwriters Mark Merthe and Nate Evans, and majorly inspired by the book, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, which explores feminine instinct and power while celebrating “that wild woman archetype.”
The book had a remarkable impact on front woman, Trish Jetton, and led her to writing the breezy free-spirited anthem, the hit single, “Stay Wild.” On its production, the reggae starlet stated, “This album is about raw honesty. I feel like I was braver with exploring my emotional state and how that swings back and forth—allowing myself to be brutally honest.”

Of all her albums, Dreamer is her most raw album, and relates to just about every situation a woman is faced with.

The hit single, “I Like The Way You Roll” features Slightly Stoopid and reminds you of the friendships you make while you roll. “Better as Is” describes the unconventional relationship and ways to work through minor issues, for the best of both parties. “Frida Kahlo”, and “Reason to Fly” will help inspire the dreamer to create their best reality while allowing the space to “Stay Wild.”

These tracks are all amazing and they’ll sound even better live.

Make sure to catch the band on their fall tour with Matisyahu, and headlining in select cities on the East Coast!


Sublime With Rome – St. Augustine Amphitheater Concert Recap

Sublime With Rome has wrapped up their summer tour after the successful release of their latest album, Blessings. The tour kicked off earlier this summer along with SOJA, Common Kings, and Seranation and sold out in several venues along the East Coast. 

On behalf of the Altwire team, I had the privilege of catching them in Florida at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, now known as The AMP. 

With both the best of the East Coast and West Coast, this was a show that did not disappoint.

Seranation kicked off with their Florida island rock style which brought in their faithful St. Pete hometown following. 

Common Kings brought in their Cali-Reggae Vibes and brought me some nostalgic memories from my time in Hawaii as they performed their classic tribute to Oahu’s North Shore, “Wade in your Water.”

This final leg of the tour included Michael Franti, and he brought his well known conscious vibes. 

Sublime with Rome opened up their set with Sublime’s original classic “Smoke Two Joints”. What I love about the band is how they keep Bradley Nowell’s legacy alive while drawing in a new generation of fans. 

Make sure to listen to Blessings on all music platforms and if you’ve missed the summer tour, the band is now preparing for their fall tour on the Midwest.

Single Review: Tow’rs – Water Under The Bridge

Flagstaff, Arizona based Folk band Tow’rs brings a mellow style that’s great for reflecting on life. Musical storytelling is the theme in their lyrics, and their latest single, “Water Under The Bridge”, has the listener reminiscing on past struggles as it encourages letting go of all the bitterness and letting all that be as the title implies.

The band is due to release their new album, New Nostalgia on September 20, but in the meantime, you can catch them on tour along the West Coast.

[AltWire Interview] Grassy Dread

The East Coast meets the Pacific Coast with reggae duo, Grassy Dread, comprised of Rob Burns (New York) and Amren Acree (Hawaii). Currently in the process of releasing a full length album, they’ve taken the time to chat with our team.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]: For those who haven’t yet heard of you, can you please tell us a little about yourself, your musical style and any other fun facts?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: Grassy Dread is a reggae group blessed with a unique blend of rock, hip-hop, and soul to inspire fans of any sub-genre within the diverse world of reggae. We are well rooted in the traditional and unafraid to branch out into innovative territory. Grassy Dread champions a sound that we call Dub-Rock-Reggae. Whether you follow the tradition or the trend, the Grassy Dread fusion has something you can get down to.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]: Was music a part of your life growing up?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: Naturally! The creative core of Grassy Dread consists of Amren Acree and Rob Burns as a writing/production/performance duo. We both grew up in two very distant and different worlds – Hawaii and New York. We were exposed to lots of different rhythms that shaped us as artists.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]:  What’s your writing process like?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: By the time that our paths crossed we each embodied very diverse viewpoints on how reggae music should sound based on our musical backgrounds. In coming together we strive to set aside differences and allow for new vision to take over – One that combines the best of both worlds. East coast Hip-Hop and Dancehall flavors feature side by side with west coast Cali-Roots and Jawaiian tastes.

To respect and preserve the universality and authenticity of what reggae music has imparted to us our writing process usually resembles a type of back-n-forth collaborative effort where one will come with an idea and, after articulating and forming it in basic terms, will pass it along to the other, giving full creative license and trusting him to bring his expertise to the idea and do “his thing” with the song.

This back-n-forth continues until, at a certain point in the process, the song begins to express itself in a way that was unanticipated by both parties. Then both of us as producers have to sort of back away and let the music itself have a voice in how she wants to be heard. For us as co-producers, this is where the real magic happens.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]:  What personal hobbies do you enjoy when you’re at home or off the stage?

Amren: I enjoy creating things with my hands, refurbishing old furniture to give it new life. I also enjoy gaming or watching a good documentary or comedy during my downtime

Rob: I stay heavily involved in projects that build community. I also value some grounding alone time during which I will usually be studying topics that interest me like language and metaphysics.

We both love getting out into nature whenever possible.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]:  What advice would you give up and coming artists?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: Our advice to the up and coming artists everywhere and to the artist inside everyone, can be heard in our music. On our debut album – Loving Confrontation we encourage artists to not be afraid to let their “Lion roaar!”. And sometimes that “lion” can feel like a “lonely lion” as artists “walk alone” and trod their own “path of destiny”. If artists got a “Good Thing” in their hearts, we urge them to always stay true to themselves. But to do that you have to really know yourself. So realize that the art of living, and therefore every other art form in life, comes down to a collaborative effort between the parts of yourself that you are conscious of and the parts of self that you don’t know yet. Awareness is the key. You can find a lot more advice and encouragement along those lines contained in our new upcoming album – Lucid Living.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]: What is the greatest advice you’ve ever received that has helped you in your career?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: A career means a path or road. The right path to take is always going to be the path that you make. In order to blaze your own trail and be sure that you are on the path that is right for you, then you have to first decide where you are going and then follow closely the compass of your own heart.

We see a lot of memes with little tidbits of helpful hints come across our path in this information age. If you follow reggae to any degree then you likely have noticed a ton of memes that have cute little quotes attributed to Bob Marley since his image is so iconic. Ironically many of these memes are things that he never said. But thankfully we have recordings from the legends of the past that can help us here today. There was one thing that the honorable Robert Nesta Marley did say in one of his last interviews and it is without a doubt the most versatile and timeless piece of counsel we can have or offer, especially for anyone striving to establish their career in this age of social media.

In the famous interview, when asked to “talk to the people” and tell them what he would if they were to “never hear his voice again” he said: “Well ya see the people have a voice inside of them that talk to them, ya know? That is a voice that the people must listen to. Because in everything you’re going to do there is a wrong way and a right way. And if you listen good you will know the right way.”

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]:  What’s in store for the near future?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: Right now we are still in our humble beginning stages. But on the very near horizon is the launch of our new album – Lucid Living. So you can expect to see a few stellar singles accompanied by some beautiful art and impactful music videos over the coming months. And Grassy Dread will be on the road promoting the Lucid Living album on a west coast tour. So be checking for that. We would love to see and connect with people along the way.

Altwire [Omayra Lopez]:  Is there a message you would like to send to your fans and our readers?

Grassy Dread [Rob and Amren]: One Love! It’s more than just a catchphrase it is a streaming feeling and a line of thought that, when combined, result in small but powerful actions capable of harnessing the positive vibration we all love in reggae music. So if you value reggae on any level then it is up to you to care for it and do your part to spread it’s nurturing influence in the world.