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 www.mranonymousradio.com
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.
The future holds no boundaries for the man with the mission… Mr. Anonymous is unstoppable!!!