Opie Ortiz has announced his first-ever solo album “Sound Sensation Vol. 1”, which will surface on Regime Music Group on September 10th. The album was co-written between Opie Ortiz and The Aggrolites frontman Jesse Wagner, who also produced the record with additional engineering and mixing by Chris Brennan (The Aggrolites, The Expanders). Opie, whose contributions include fronting the legendary Long Beach Dub Allstars, along with his art being used in much of Sublime’s discography and merchandise like the now infamous “Sublime Sun”. To launch his first ever solo venture, Opie Ortiz has released a video for the first single for “Wind and Words” online. Directed by Tony Turrieta, the video shows Opie hilariously parodying our great nation’s Founding Fathers.
“In the video we dressed up like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. A vision I had to bring some comical visuals to a song about waking up and having coffee and a smoke . Just having fun with the idea of simpler times. Made us laugh doing it and hopefully it brings a smile to a few folks watching it.”
The video and single set a tone for the full length due out September 10th. “This album was born out of my desire to do a solo venture and use some ideas that I had been collecting over the years,” commented Ortiz on the catalyst for his first-ever solo record. “We recorded the first three songs at Jesse’s house in Corona, CA, which is ironic as that is where I was born. Everything took a long longer on this record because of the pandemic restrictions, but writing for this album came quickly and everything just sort of flowed out during the writing sessions.”
Ortiz continues, “I decided to release this under the moniker of Opie & Family, because Jesse has always been family to me, and my youngest daughter Roxy is also featured on the record,” Ortiz added. “I would run ideas and compositions by her and had her sing on a lot of the songs opposite of me on ‘Making Decisions’. Having my family to bounce ideas off of was a huge inspiration, especially my youngest son, Oliver who is also all over this album.”
Opie Ortiz is a legend within the West Coast reggae-rock scene. Ortiz was a founding member of Long Beach Dub Allstars alongside former Sublime members Eric Wilson, Bud, Ras 1, and Miguel from Skunk Records. The group picked up the torch and helped usher in the next generation of rock-reggae. Last year, Long Beach Dub Allstars returned with a new self-titled album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart .
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