Rebel Control evolved from the now notorious reggae jams held by Andy Baron and Concrete Johnson in a derelict shop in West London. These sessions attracted musicians including Jeff Scantlebury (Primal Scream/Neneh Cherry), Richie Stevens (Gorillaz/Joss Stone ) and Winston Rollins (Aswad/Jamiroquai ), spawning the album “Jammin At Rebel H.Q.” produced by Mike Pelanconi (Lily Allen/Gregory Isaacs).
Whilst the band’s love and respect for reggae is still very much in evidence the overall sound also encompasses a much more modern vibe with elements of dancehall and hip hop.
Rebel Control are fast becoming festival favourites with their assured performances on main stages throughout the UK and Europe, most recently playing in Poland and Montenegro.
Rebel Control are vocalist Andy Baron and musician/producer Concrete Johnson along with a collective of studio and live musicians.
Andy Baron kick-started his musical career as a youth MC’ing with sound systems in London, he was a natural but never one to stand still he bought himself a guitar and started to develop singing and song writing skills as well.
In 2001 he was invited to Jamaica to record his debut album “Believe In Yourself.” He performed as a solo artist and with his then band (The Believers) throughout England, France, Czech Republic and Jamaica.
Andy has graced major festival stages alongside many reggae greats including Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage and Culture, whilst developing a burgeoning reputation as a major league frontman and vocalist.
Concrete Johnson started borrowing his eldest brothers bass at the tender age of thirteen and has been involved in a myriad of ventures ever since, from major label sessions and touring to writing with artists including N’Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies) and Boy George and composing music for t.v.
He has also worked as a sound engineer with acts including Sophie Eliis Bextor and Groove Armada.
In 2005 he set up his studio in a derelict shop in West London .
Andy and Concrete started holding writing and jam sessions at the new studio which attracted some of the finest British based reggae musicians including Richie Stevens, Jeff Scantlebury, Winston Rollins, Tim Cansfield and Milton Myrie whom have performed and recorded with the likes of Aswad , Horace Andy, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Eddy Grant, Soul 2 Soul. They also started to perform live.
2007 saw the first release from these sessions – a lovers rock version of the John Legend hit Ordinary People .
By 2009 they had written a huge amount of original material and had taken on the name Rebel Control.
A chance meeting with producer Mike Pelanconi (Lily Allen/Gregory Isaacs ) led to him mixing a selection of tracks later released as the album “Jammin At Rebel H.Q.”
A further single “Hold On To Love” taken from the old shop jams was released in 2010.
By now the band were playing festival and club dates in the U.K. and Europe.
Andy and Concrete had always been keen to carve out their own musical niche and not be a purely retro outfit and had been experimenting with some new tracks, pushing up the tempos and incorporating elements of dance, dancehall, hip hop etc into the set.