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4th and Orange interviewed by 88.7 The Pulse afternoon drive host Jeff Kode prior to appearance at Arizona Roots Festival

Long Beach, CA-based pop-reggae outfit 4th & Orange delivers a slice of California coastline to your speakers. Co-founded by longtime friends Garrett Douglas and Chris “DJ Irey” Garcia, the two merge inspiration from hometown heroes, Sublime, with their own individual style to craft 4th & Orange’s specialized California-pop reggae sound. In Long Beach, the corner of 4th Street and Orange Avenue represents the place where Douglas’ and DJ Irey’s tumultuous, dark pasts opened the door to shed light on their future. It’s where the veil of self-doubt lifted and they harnessed previous hardships to transform them into self-reliance.

Douglas and DJ Irey’s friendship began during high school, where they found solace in music against the troubled background of both their home lives. Eventually they parted ways to forge their own paths in the music industry. Douglas became a songwriter, and DJ Irey moved on as a successful producer. When their paths crossed again in early 2019, they took their decade of industry experience and put their creative energy into a project all their own.

“The goal of our music is to bring light to others in dark situations,” says Douglas. “Both Irey and I came from a rough past, but that’s how we connected and created 4th & Orange. Our music reminds others that in the dark you can be the light.”

The debut single from the SoCal group,“Girl Next Door,” brings their quintessential reggae-pop vibe poolside as it’s dropped just in time for summer. The track perfectly showcases Douglas and DJ Irey’s storytelling type of songwriting – bringing life to relatable circumstances. The track was co-produced by DJ Flict (Sublime with Rome, Wiz Khalifa, Lauryn Hill) and Mark Pell (Magic!, Chris Brown, J Cole). They’ve since released new tracks “No More Favors” , “Junky” , and “Only You” , with more to come throughout 2020.

Band members:

Garret Douglas – Lead Vocals

Chris “DJ Irey” Garcia – Keyboards / Producer

Ricardo Ramirez – Guitar

Alexandre Bursztyn – Bass

Sam Ward – Drums

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.
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