Tuesday, May 03, 2016

THE PROCESS "Who Is That Mad Band" to be released July 2016

July 2016 beholds the long awaited release of the new full length album from Detroit's Rock Reggae Madmen, THE PROCESS. 

The album, entitled "Who Is That Mad Band?", features a stunning array of guest artists, including one of the final recordings of the late legendary rock guitarist Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed), as well as Dub music Legend Adrian Sherwood, UK Vocalist Ghetto Priest, former Asian Dub Foundation MC Lord Kimo, Dub/Blues artist Skip McDonald aka Little Axe and others. Over five years in the making, the album captures THE PROCESS delivering it's most diverse and cohesive statement yet, fusing Reggae, Rock and World Music into a seamless aural experience, sure to please long-time fans of the band, as well as the uninitiated. The CD will be released in July, 2016, so do yourself a favor, and find out WHO IS THAT MAD BAND? GET PROCESSED!

Join THE PROCESS for two album release events in July. 

Friday July 8th, Whites Bar Presents: THE PROCESS "WHO IS THAT MAD BAND?" CD Listening Party! Doors open at 10 Pm.  Address: 2609 State St, Saginaw, MI 48602 Phone:(989) 792-2631. 
Saturday July 23rd, Bemo's Bar Presents: The Official CD Release Party for THE PROCESS "WHO IS THAT MAD BAND?". Featuring THE PROCESS Live In Concert, with Special Guests, TBA. Doors open at 9:00 Pm, THE PROCESS performs at 11:00. 21+ No cover!  Address: 701 S Madison Ave, Bay City, MI 48708 Phone:(989) 893-7071 
Join THE PROCESS as we unleash our newest album. Pick up signed copies, and other exclusive merchandise from THE PROCESS. Don't miss these special events, BE THERE!

Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 Detroit Music Awards!

THE PROCESS has been Nominated "Outstanding World Group" in the 2016 Detroit Music Awards! Congratulations also to THE PROCESS drummer Gabe Gonzalez, Nominated in the categories of "Outstanding Electronic/Dance Writer/Producer", and "Outstanding Urban Musician". The Detroit Music Awards are held April 29th, 2016, at The Fillmore in Detroit. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Monday, February 01, 2016


This Weds Feb 3 and Friday Feb 5, on Radio On Berlin, The Wirebender presents part one of a three part special.
David Asher of THE PROCESS from Detroit has compiled the first artist feature of the year:
Ghetto Priest.
David will showcase Ghetto Priest’s work with On-U Sound Records, Asian Dub Foundation and all of the aspects of his diverse and collaborative musical mayhem,
including rare and unreleased tracks provided by On U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood and Ghetto Priest.
15:00 German time, 2:00 PM in UTC, 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to tune in!


Monday, January 18, 2016

David Asher's Tribute to David Bowie, Space Oddity.

David Asher, "David Bowie was an artist that I admire very much. Here is my tribute to him, produced by Steve Gotts. My version of "Space Oddity".

Friday, January 08, 2016

Fan clip from THE PROCESS 25th Anniversary Show!

Here's a short fan clip of THE PROCESS performing "Jah Made the Herb" at the 25th Anniversary Show!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Pics from THE PROCESS 25th Anniversary Show

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Saginaw News Article on THE PROCESS 25th Anniversary Show

Vassar's The Process band celebrates 25 years with 'a class reunion of sorts'.

Members of the band The Process, from left, Bill Heffelfinger, David Asher, Garrick Owen and Gabe Gonzalez. (Sue White | MLive File Photo)
For MLive.com By Sue White 

BAY CITY, MI – David Asher is feeling very blessed and that translates into a real holiday blessing for fans of The Process, the reggae/punk/funk/rock band he and a group of friends brought out of Vassar 25 years ago.
"David's parents would go to Florida every winter and we'd rehearse in their family room," remembered Arek Aneszko, the former drummer returning from Chicago to perform with his former bandmates at what he calls "a class reunion of sorts" Saturday, Dec. 26, at Bemo's Bar, 701 Madison, in Bay City.
"It was a style unknown and unpredictable at the time. We'd play in a place and people would ask, 'Who are these guys?' We weren't grunge, we weren't hard rock but we didn't just play Bob Marley, either. It would always leave someone in the audience intrigued and that was the fun part for me. Who would have expected it?"
For Seth Payton, among the latest round of musicians to join the group, in the studio recording a new album due for a spring release and onstage, "it's always been about the infectious groove. My band Stamp'd played with them at the old Captain's Cove in Saginaw once and David and it kicked off a great friendship with David.
"I was still doing my own thing but I'd jam with them sometimes, doing what I love. As I started playing with them more, I just brought a little of my own influence into it, a different outlook, sort of like when the new intern shakes up the office. It's really exciting; it's fun to be involved."
Asher promises to bring it all together Saturday, calling on all past and present members to step back in the groove. The night begins at 9 p.m. with Operation 13, with The Process taking the stage at 10:30 p.m. Closing the night are Ben McArthur and E.V. Duhzit and the Soul Jar.
"We're a changing group, working in all the members and maybe a few others who want to sit in," Asher said. In addition to the current line-up, which also features founding guitarist Garrick Owen and percussionist Gabe Gonzalez, who also performs with George Clinton's P-Funk Allstars, watch for the return of former bassist Bill Heffelfinger, who now teaches at a charter grade school in Las Vegas, and Sam Metropoulos.
"The funny thing, in the beginning, I listened to a lot of records from the British label that I've now recorded with in London, with Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald and Ghetto Priest. I'd listen to the music and I had this very naïve thought, 'This is something I could do.'"
While Asher admits he probably should have been too scared to try it, the final result was the release of "Mystery Babylon" in 1991, soon to come out again with other early albums on remastered CDs, and the start of a stage show that included a giant pig's head.
"They're still my inspiration," he said of Sherwood's stable, and it wasn't long before the eclectic cover band moved into writing original music.
"We've been working on this new album for four and a half years and it's really been exciting to watch it develop. Dick Wagner is on there; we recorded with him two weeks before he passed away. There's a real collaborative nature to the whole project. I'm really, really happy with the songwriting effort."
Aneszko is really excited.
"David sent me some music to refresh my memory and I still play enough here in Chicago to be tight," he said, remembering the benefit he did for the late journalist James Foley, who was executed by terrorist forces in 2014.
"But I haven't really played with the band much since the late 1990s. It's funny where life takes you; now my son is getting into music, studying piano and getting his first drum set. The thing about music is that it's in my roots; it's in my genes. I can slip right in."
Payton, who is back onstage after battling brain cancer, sees the show and coming album as "a good catapult into new life," he said. "It's all new material and it's very exciting. For me, it's about what I'm going to leave my daughter and future generations as my legacy. This music will live long beyond me and I want to make sure it's timeless. We've got the talent; we need to move forward."
One thing that hasn't changed through the years, Asher said, is that most of the songs still have a moral compass, embracing the visceral fight between right and wrong.
"It's our strength and inspiration," he said. "It's been a real journey and here's the next 25 years. We're doing our best right now."

THE PROCESS in MLive Today.

Rock-reggae fusion band the Process hosting 25th anniversary show in Bay City

Members of the band The Process, from left, Bill Heffelfinger, David Asher, Garrick Owen and Gabe Gonzalez. (Sue White | MLive File Photo)
By Cole Waterman for MLive.com | cwaterma@mlive.com 
on December 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

BAY CITY, MI — It's been 25 years since Detroit's seminal rock-reggae fusion band the Process formed, and to celebrate, they're playing a free show in Bay City.
The gig is happening Saturday, Dec. 26, at BeMo's Bar, 701 S. Madison Ave. The show starts at 9 p.m.
"We've always had a nice time at BeMo's," said David Asher, vocalist for the Process. "They support original music seven days a week and we've had several shows over there that have been successful. It seemed like the obvious choice."
Asher formed the group with guitarist Garrick Owen. Since 1991, they've released six studio albums, a compilation, one live album, and a couple of live DVDs.
"We used to be fanatic, practicing four or five days a week," Asher said. "Over time, we built it up. We're working on our seven full-length album now. It's going to be interesting, as we did some of it over in England."
Producing the forthcoming record is Adrian Sherwood, who has worked with such artists as Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Ministry and KMFDM, and Skip McDonald of hip-hop progenitors the Sugarhill Gang.
In 2007, Detroit Music Awards named the band Outstanding World Music/Reggae/Ska Artist. Two years prior, the organization named Asher and Owen Outstanding World Songwriters.
The Process is currently composed of Asher, Owen, Bill Heffelfinger, Seth Payton, and Gabe Gonzalez, the latter a drummer known for working with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. Due to the show marking the band's 25th anniversary, a few previous members of the group are to perform with them as well, Asher said.
"For this show, we're bringing in all of our members," he said, though he added they haven't had that many personnel changes over the years.
In his time with the band, Asher said he's seen the Michigan music scene change quite a bit, with original music being far more prevalent now than it was during the Process' inception.
"It was kind of insulary," Asher said. "When we first started, there were no original bands playing in bars. It was kind of unheard of, really. Now, it's pretty common place."
The Process is to perform an extended set starting about 10:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Ben McArthur, Operation 13, and E.Z. Duzhit and the Soul Jar. There is no cover charge.

If you go:
What: The Process in concert
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26
Where: BeMo's Bar, 701 S. Madison Ave. on Bay City's East Side
Cost: Free
Info: 989-893-7071