Multi-Grammy-nominated bassist, producer, and songwriter STU BROOKS is proud to announce his debut solo album! The Toronto native, known as the co-founder of Brooklyn dub/rock crossover outfit Dub Trio, current touring bassist for Dominic Fike and Danny Elfman, and a seasoned studio collaborator for a venerable trove of mega-stars (from the aforementioned Fike & Elfman, to Matisyahu [Akeda], 50 Cent [Get Rich or Die Tryin’] and Tony Yayo [Thoughts of a Predicate Felon]), has released a new single today.
The new track, “Everything She Wants”, features guest vocals from Twin Shadow.
The completion of a musical anthology that yielded his ’40hz’ EP at the end of last year, STU BROOKS will release his first full-length, ‘40HZ’ (LP), on September 21, 2023.
Commenting on his collaboration with Twin Shadow on the new single, STU says:
“I’ve been a huge fan of George’s and Twin Shadow starting when he released ‘Forget’in 2009 and he has been a source of musical inspiration ever since. Dave Holmes from Dub Trio and I started to write ‘ESW’ in 2016 and 6 years later I finally sent it to Georgeafter poking at it for all that time. It was a thrill to hear that he was down to work on this with me, considering his busy scoring schedule, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We got together to finish the track as co-producers and we went all the way with it.”
Twin Shadow adds:
“I’ve known STU for many years, we have always been good friends but busy friends. I love that collaborating on this track put us in each other’s presence more often. Stu, like me, is a fellow chameleon, he pops up where you least expect and can do anything. I want to highlight the other writers as well: Sophie Hintz and VAYK, who are also some of my favorite collaborators. This was a fun one.”
Bass reverberates through the body and the reaction to those root notes and grooves actually manifests physically. Two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated bassist, producer, songwriter, and Dub Trio co-founder STU BROOKS beckons this response every time he picks up a bass. Sharing the stage or the studio with everyone from Academy® Awardwinner Lady Gaga, Danny Elfman, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and Mary J. Blige to Mike Patton, Pretty Lights, Mark Guiliana, Slick Rick, and even a posthumous recording for Tupac Shakur, his playing reverberates on an emotional and spiritual level.
“I think of it as getting hit with a massive telephone pole to the point where it changes your molecules and affects your body,” he grins. “It takes the wind out of your lungs. I like changing the air in a space. There’s nothing like the reaction when people are struck with sound. I love to play with emotion, but it also has to be a physical experience.”
Among early gigs, 50 Cent’s G-Unit recruited STU for the 6-time platinum-selling ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’. He notably handled bass on Tony Yayo’s platinum-selling ‘Thoughts of a Predicate Felon’ (#2 debut on the Billboard Top 200) and Lloyd Banks’ gold-certified ‘Rotten Apple’ (#3 debut on the Billboard Top 200). Featuring his basslines, Yayo’s single “So Seductive” [feat. 50 Cent] went Top 10 on the Hot R&B/HipHop Songs Chart and took home ‘Best Club Banger‘ at the BET Vibe Awards.
“It was awesome…I was playing bass in those sessions like I was fighting for my life,” he smiles.
Collaborations followed with Mobb Deep, Redman, Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom, Lady Gaga, and Tupac Shakur on ‘Pac’s Life’. In 2014, he received a GRAMMY® Awardnomination in the category of ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’ for his contribution to Pretty Lights’ ‘A Color Map of the Sun’. Along the way, STU lent his talents to the Saturday Night Live Band, notably appearing during a much talked-about Kanye West and Kid Cudi set in 2018. Beyond numerous studio sessions, he served as music director for Matisyahu for ten years, co-producing and co-writing albums such as ‘Akeda’ and ‘Undercurrent’ in addition to a handful of singles.
“I find commonality in all types of music, and I’m always trying to string different genres together,” STU explains. “I believe there’s a way to thread dub, reggae, punk, hip-hop, trap, industrial, experimental jazz, and rock all together. I’m drawing on all of these influences.”
In 2022 he continued to expand his scope. He produced and co-wrote for the likes of Perry Farrell and Fever 333, and played a pivotal role in Danny Elfman’s ‘Big Mess’release and live band. Playing bass for Danny grew into executive production on more than 20 remixes. In that process he also produced several songs featuring guest vocalists including Trent Reznor and Iggy Pop.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. STU has signed his first ever solo deal with Dine Alone Records and he will release his debut solo album later this year, which he both wrote and produced on with his friends; including Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Angelo Moore(Fishbone), Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), and more to be unveiled very soon.