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The Dirty Heads

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Huntington Beach, Los Angeles CA, United States (1996 – present)

Emerging onto the Southern California music scene with a sound as original as the band members themselves, the Dirty Heads’ blend of hip-hop and classic reggae rips through the sonic surf with bold beats, fun rhythms and the relaxed vibe of feel-good lyrics.

Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, California, founding band members Jared Watson and guitarist / vocalist Dustin Bushnell met in 1996 while in high school, embarking on a friendship based on music, as well as their shared passion for surfing, skating and the endless party of the laid-back SoCal lifestyle.

Early on, they spent many late nights jamming in Bushnell’s soundproof garage with a four-track recorder, writing unique acoustic hip-hop songs that featured reggae inflections. Inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, the band’s music evolved into their distinct Dirty Heads style.

To complete the Dirty Heads’ sound, the duo added percussionist Jon Olazabal and drummer Matt Ochoa, both talented, experienced musicians. With a set of solid material, the Dirty Heads were further motivated to take their craft to the next level, and they began building a loyal fan base throughout the west coast, while performing acoustically at local bars and small music venues. As they started playing in neighboring Los Angeles, the band found it necessary to charter party buses so their fans could make the 30-mile trek to their shows.

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  • make_bubbles

    My Sweet Summer is such an amazing song! Forever repeat

    23 Aug 4:12am Reply
  • keatonpotatoes

    late to the party, sorry. god they are so good.

    13 Aug 11:24pm Reply
  • Donshup

    So love <3

    28 Jul 10:25pm Reply
  • Gapkilla

    The Bass in Medusa holy shit. so intense...

    10 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • romulloalves

    Fraco esse novo disco, poucas músicas escapam.

    8 Jul 10:38pm Reply
  • make_bubbles

    Such a nice music! Love it

    29 May 7:27am Reply
  • kelseymillz

    LOVE The Dirty Heads! Hoping to see them this summer. If not, I'm def checking out Magic! if they go on tour this summer. Obsessed with their new single "Rude"

    16 May 11:59pm Reply
  • gabif_

    Não é o tipo de som que eu costumo curtir, mas ó, os caras tão de parabéns. É muito relaxante. This is so relaxing! Really good job, guys. Endless luck for band! <3

    29 Mar 3:16pm Reply
  • mydiscobox

    Phantoms Of Summer is just AMAZING <3

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • polkadotpolak

    Met these guys recently while working on a concert. They're pretty cool. Great live show.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Gapkilla

    Surf's Up! ``~`

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    Jewish artist, reggae star and Dirty Heads collaborator, Matisyahu, tells us the incredible story behind his signature song, "King Without a Crown," which took him from a studio in Philadelphia to a Yeshiva in the Catskills: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/matisyahu/

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ajstockman

    Hipster: I can connect those lyrics on multiple levels, it's phenomenal - like a group of people talking and taking, the others sharing their love of each other and our creator.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • romulloalves

    No Brasil em novembro. \o/

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • PedroDaVePacas

    Cabin by the sea is a perfect summer BBQ album.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thebigkahuna805

    holy shit this album is good

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • GoodVibeStyla

    very nice band ;)

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Cernobog

    Finally! this is so awesome

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • whitelion420

    Love the new album, Glad to support one of my favorite bands out right now! BUY IT!

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shmoobuster311

    Streaming on Spotify as we speak! Anyone got a leaked version to download?!? I'll pick it up next week but dont want to wait a week!!

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
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