Darren Smith

Thu
23
May

The Right To Rock Podcast - RED DRAGON CARTEL

Monday, October 27, 2014
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #46), featuring Red Dragon Cartel vocalist Darren James Smith.  Darren took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Red Dragon Cartel's sophmore release Patina, and how it differed from the debut.  Darren gives the skinny on the rawness of the record and what the writing process is like within the band.  He also touches on how he went from a drummer to a lead vocalist.  Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
 
The boys recently caught up with Red Dragon Cartel vocalist Darren James Smith to discuss Red Dragon Cartel's latest release Patina.  Darren discusses the main differences between the new release and the debut.  He also talks about what it's like trying to tour when the whole band has the flu.  Also, he touches on his involvement with Harem Scaem, amonst other things.  Tune in to get all of this and more.
 
 
 
Sun
26
Aug

Red Dragon Cartel - "Havana" (Official Music Video)

 
After a self-imposed exile from the music industry and the public eye, heralded guitarist Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) returned with a fresh new band, Red Dragon Cartel in 2014.  Now, Jake and RDC are back with their new album “Patina”, which is set for release November 9th via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
Jake’s 2014 comeback was greeted with much enthusiasm from the fans and media alike and the virtuoso guitarist is back once again to grace the rock world with his unbridled skill! With an extremely talented band featuring Anthony Esposito on bass (ex-Lynch Mob), Phil Varone (ex-Saigon Kick, Skid Row) on drums and returning vocalist Darren Smith (Harem Scarem) backing him up, Jake has delivered the album fans have been eager to hear since Badlands dissolved years ago.
 
In addition to being the new bassist for Red Dragon Cartel, Anthony Esposito co-produced the album alongside Jake E. Lee.  “I think we had a great production partnership. He never discouraged me from trying things that were a bit outside the box, in fact he encouraged it. His attention to detail in the recording of everything was exceptional. Much more than I alone would have toiled over. He has an incredible work ethic that kept me from lapsing into complacency. If we disagreed on how something should be, we'd find a perfect marriage of the two sides, or completely reimagine it. We didn't settle on anything unless we both agreed it was perfect. If I do another album, I'd love it to be with him again,” says Lee.
 
Another new member to Red Dragon Cartel is drummer Phil Varone, whose style Lee really appreciated. “Phil is a very solid and groove oriented player, who is not afraid to turn things upside down to give the song a more unique flavor," explains Lee.
 
“Patina” marks a change of style from the debut Red Dragon Cartel album, going more bluesy hard rock as opposed to the debuts heavier leanings. Remarks Lee, “The first album was more of a piecemeal production with some of the song ideas being 10 years old, and never having more than one player in the room at any time. I wanted to do this one from scratch with all the songs originating and worked on with everyone in the room, on their instruments. It felt much more organic, like the way I used to do it for the first 20 years of my career, more honest to my roots.”
 
When asked about his musical inspirations for the record, Jake muses, “[m]y inspirations for ‘Patina’ are from the artists I loved during my youth. Robin Trower, Santana, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, David Bowie ... I could go on and on, but let me also say that there are also hints of Sly & the Family Stone, Dick Dale, psychedelia and even some George Benson. Don't let any of that scare you, it all makes sense!”
 
“Patina” is a definitive statement of Jake’s unbelievable skills with a monster production from Esposito and a perfect mix, courtesy of Max Norman, whose relationship with Jake dates back to his days with Ozzy Osbourne.
 
Get ready, “Patina” is coming and with it, Jake E. Lee is BACK!
 
Tracklisting:
1. Speedbag
2. Havana
3. Crooked Man
4. The Luxury Of Breathing
5. Bitter
6. Chasing Ghosts
7. A Painted Heart
8. Punchclown (Bonus Track - Physical Albums Only)
9. My Beautiful Mess
10. Ink & Water
 
Produced by: Anthony Esposito & Jake E. Lee
Mixed by Max Norman
 
Band Members:
Jake E Lee - guitars
Darren James Smith – lead vocals
Anthony Esposito – bass guitars
Phil Varone - drums

http://www.reddragoncartel.com/

 
Thu
19
Mar

RED DRAGON CARTEL Swaps Darren Smith For MICHAEL THOMAS BECK

Thursday, March 19, 2015
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RED DRAGON CARTEL earlier today parted ways with vocalist Darren Smith. Now they've just announced a replacement, albeit perhaps only a temporary one:
 
"Red Dragon Cartel and singer Darren James Smith have officially parted ways. All scheduled shows will still take place as planned with Michael Thomas Beck on vocals. We would like to welcome Michael to RDC and we look forward to getting back on stage!"
 
Darren had this to say about the move: "IT IS TRUE I LEFT RDC, KINDA COMPLICATED BUT I THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ONE DAY ILL COMMENT MORE, FOR NOW "THATS ALL FOLKS!!!"
 
Tue
23
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - HAREM SCAREM

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-79

HAREM SCAREM's HARRY HESS joins Mitch on EPISODE 79 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Red Dragon Cartel singer, Darren Smith, is this episode's co-host and offers a Red Dragon Cartel new album update and talks about his time as Harem Scarem's drummer.

In this episode's only interview, Harem Scarem singer, Harry Hess, discusses the band's fantastic new album 'Thirteen', talks about the band's history, Red Dragon Cartel's (and former Harem Scarem drummer) Darren Smith, Canadian content rules and much more.

For more about the Harem Scarem visit: http://www.haremscarem.net ; http://www.facebook.com/harem.scarem.band
and on TWITTER: @HaremScaremBand

Follow Darren and Red Dragon Cartel on TWITTER: @reddragoncartel and on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/reddragoncartel

Listen and subscribe to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on:

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TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/One-On-One-with-Mitch-Lafon-p644313/

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Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon

One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch 
 
Thu
26
Jun

RED DRAGON CARTEL: LIMITED 12" RED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Friday, August 29, 2014
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RED DRAGON CARTEL: LIMITED 12" RED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" red vinyl edition of the self-titled debut album from RED DRAGON CARTEL. A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to August 29thth for Europe and September 30th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics.

"Red Dragon Cartel" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

Track listing:

Side A
01. Deceived
02. Shout It Out
03. Feeder
04. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
05. Wasted

Side B
01. Slave
02. Big Mouth
03. War Machine
04. Redeem Me
05. Exquisite Tenderness

For more information:
http://www.innerwound.com

 
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