2013 kicks off another busy year for Mr. Anonymous a.k.a. Jeep Macnichol.  Whether he’s headlining his own live shows, tracking drums with Ranking Roger(English Beat) in England, or flying to Kingston Jamaica for a session with Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Macnichol also finds time to host his own pirate radio show on and give drumming advice to fans.
     Macnichol started his music career as one of the founding members and drummer of Colorado based pop/jam band The Samples. For a decade, his musical journey included over a million albums sold with 6 national album releases, national touring for 9 months a year sharing the stage with Sting, Dave Mathews, Steel Pulse, Flaming Lips, The Wailers, Sonic Youth, Blues traveler, and a performance on the Jay Leno show. After 10 years, Macnichol decided it was time to follow new creative endeavors and dive into his love of Jamaican dancehall and reggae music.
     In the fall of 2003, he headed for Kingston Jamaica under a new musical persona “Mr. Anonymous”. Armed with an Acoustic Guitar, “Echo Box”, and Megaphone, he planted himself at Kingston’s famed Liguanea Club where, Ian Flemming’s classic James Bond adventure ”Dr. No” was filmed and began compiling tracks with the top singers and musicians in reggae and dancehall music including Sly& Robbie, Bounty killer, Ranking Roger, Cutty Ranks, Dave Wakeling,  Barrington Levy, and many more.
     All instruments including live drums, bass, guitars, synthesizers, percussion, and megaphone were performed by Mr. Anonymous. Vocal performances were all Ad Lib with no rehearsing or pre-writing of lyrics. The essence of each session was to capture free-form raw energy and spontanaeity with the best singers Jamaica has to offer. Releases include the debut album entitled “Mr. Anonymous”(2003), “Mr. Anonymous 2” (2004), 6 singles, 5 music videos, and a Live E.P over the next 5 years as well as headline shows and stage appearances with Thievery Corporation, Kool Keith, Pretty Lights and more.
     In 2012,  “Champion Sound” was released featuring Ranking Roger(from The English Beat) and his son Ranking Jr. on vocals. Delivering a fresh organic sound using only live drums, bass, and guitars, the album is an energized mix of reggae, dub, soca, and jazz. The album is a drummers album first and foremost. “My approach going into the album was to create a vibe like a mix of The Clash’s “Black Market Clash” meets Miles Davis’s “Kind Of Blue”. All the songs were written around the drum parts with a raw analog punk production.”
     You can stay tuned in to Mr. Anonymous’ plans for  everything from drum advice to family recipes, anecdotes, philosophy, art and lifestyle, as well as updates about  current work on a follow-up album to Champion sound, a new project called The Plates(live drum and bass), and a brand new music video due out this summer.
Ranking Roger and Jeep
The future holds no boundaries for the man with the mission… Mr. Anonymous is unstoppable!!!
~ Unknown

12 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Jeep,

    I remember you singing ‘Toe Jam’ at Rawhide Ranch camps in WY in the 70’s. I was friends with Robert McC.

    Hope all is well whatever you are doing now.


  2. Jeep,

    After all of these years, you still rock! It has been a long time since you tried to teaching me to drum in your garage and I am happy that you have found success! Your music is nothing short of sensational. Maybe you should recreate the “One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four” jam from 1983 and see what happens. If you ever come to Miami, we need to hang out!


  3. I used to watch Mr. A play drums in the eighties and he sounded like the bastard test tube experimental offspring of Neal Peart and Stewart Copeland. Keep up the good work!

  4. i live in Idaho falls, Idaho and I’d never even heard of you until I picked up your cd from my local d.i. I don’t know how the hell it made it down here but I’m sure glad it did. Your music influenced me to start writing again. I love your music and I think its probably the coolest thing in the world that your stuff is free. Swing is my favorite of all time. thanks for all that you do man, keep it up

    Sean Pope
    Idaho Falls, Idaho

  5. Hey Jeep! It’s been a long time and I’ve only recently caught up on the amazing stuff you’ve been doing. It’s been a long, long time since hanging out in Boulder with Steve D., taking advantage of youth and enjoying meals at Dots Diner. Haven’t seen you live since years ago in Chicago. I’m in Asheville, now. Would love to see you at the Orange Peel…

  6. @BK
    Word to the show in Aspen! I loved the music selections, and was probably the most fun I have had during an opening set there!

  7. Just caught you opening for Thievery out in Aspen, and I was very impressed. You still have a little Samples vibe in these tunes. Keep em coming…..

  8. Jeep:
    You are still one of the most talented, creative and may I say, kind young men! Mom sends her love as do I.

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