About Dharmata

DHARMATA is vocalist Jay Slim, guitarists Chris Turbo and Matt Nasty, bassist Kevin Sanchez, and drummer JC Lackey. DHARMATA formed in the summer of 2007, in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a chance meeting between vocalist Slim and bassist Sanchez. Since its inception, DHARMATA has quickly created a large, loyal, and growing fan base in the Florida music scene, garnering buzz for their ability to combine polished song craftsmanship with captivating high-energy live performances. A dynamic sound captures the collective best of each member's influences, a wide-ranging spectrum that includes everything from Pantera to Jeff Buckley. In their brief existence, DHARMATA has already shared stages with artists such as 10 Years, Skindred, Sick Puppies, and Nonpoint, and has been invited to participate in large music festivals such as SunFest, MoonFest, Crue Fest, and Buzz Bake Sale. In 2007, DHARMATA's very first song and recording, "The Fall," had an immediate impact at radio, with airplay on West Palm Beach's influential rock station, WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz. "The Fall," an apologetic homage to vocalist Jay Slim's previous band, nationally-recognized rock outfit Presence, showcases the emotionally palpable lyrics and soaring, powerful melodic hooks that have been seducing South Florida audiences. In 2009, popular British ragga-metal rockers Skindred stumbled across a live DHARMATA performance and asked DHARMATA to join them on a tour of the Midwestern United States. DHARMATA’s first tour outside of Florida proved fruitful, as they fetched massive merchandise sales and a brand new ravenous fan base in select Midwest cities. At the request of Madison, Wisconsin’s WJJO, DHARMATA performed live on-air to immediate rave reviews. In December 2009, Benji Webbe, lead vocalist of Skindred, spoke highly of DHARMATA in a live South Florida radio broadcast, calling the band “soon-to-be international rock stars.” DHARMATA completed sessions at Tony Bongiovi's Power Station Studios with producers Rob Roy and Joe Butera in late 2009. The single, “The Awakening,” garnered airplay on WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz as well as WHDR 93.1 (93 Rock) in Miami. DHARMATA is currently finishing up their debut full length album with producer Matt LaPlant and Benji Webbe (Skindred) at Beiler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. In November 2011, the first single off the new album, “Do It Again,” was picked up as an official add at WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz with 14 weekly spins during mid-day and evenings. In December 2011, due to a swell of positive feedback from listeners, WPBZ asked DHARMATA to headline a stage at the Buzz Bake Sale and was one of the most talked-about artists at the event, after playing to an audience of thousands. DHARMATA will release their debut album in early 2012, followed by relentless touring in support.

Quiz Time!


Dharmata “Do It Again” @ BUZZ Bake Sale 16 Dec. 3/2012


Dharmata “Do It Agin” @ BUZZ Bake Sale 16 December 3rd 2011 If you didn’t get to be a part of all the madness now you can enjoy it!!!
Thanks to Ross Mahoney and the whole crew at 103.1 The Buzz for the amazing opportunity. This is the first single from the upcoming release from the band Dharmata. Be sure to pick this up on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Jango and all other digital music suppliers. Thank you for the support. We love you all in this Dharmata family.

Past, Present, & Future

As we inch closer to finishing our debut full-length album, I can’t help but think what a great success story this has been.   It really has.  Inevitably, I feel drawn towards the thought – what’s next for us?  But it’s the mystery that excites me, not necessarily the answer to the question.  And then I come back to the present… we’re making an album.  That, in and of itself, is a success.  It wasn’t easy getting here.

We hold January 18 as the unofficial birthday of the band.  On that day in 2007, Kevin Sanchez and I ran into each other and discussed the possibility of starting this project.  And now, after 5 years of writing music, playing the  same smokey bars over and over, tweaking our lineup, getting all our gear stolen, trials and tribulations, blah blah blah, all the standard stories that the archetypical rock band uses to justify their belief that guitar solos will one day save the world from war and poverty —  we finally have something tangible to show for it, we can finally cut the umbilical cord.  Cigars.  Hugs.  Pats on the back.  Handshakes.  Handjobs.  Good jobs.  Good lucks.

So what’s next?   I don’t know exactly.  I’m not sure if I care.  It seems distracting to focus my attention on some future fixed point along our timeline, a “goal,”  which may or may not ever arrive.  Goals, destinations, they can be motivational tools, sure.  For some more than others.  Maybe I’m one of the others.  I don’t find destinations as fulfilling as the road trip itself.  I like to stare intently out the windows, I like to pay attention.  Don’t wanna miss anything.  When I reach my destination, maybe then I can rest.  But I certainly can’t sleep through this.  Eye candy all around me, beckoning for my attention, the twists and turns, ups and downs, the unexpected, the unknown, the simple joy of surprise.  I digress…

Regardless of my personal take on the concept, it remains one of the copy-and-paste interview questions: What’s your goal?  Each one of us would probably say something along the lines of “being successful.”  But that’s kind of a shitty answer, because success is subjective.  More often than not people’s definition of success is relative to amount of things they can accumulate, from money, cars, and houses… to accolades, awards, and fame.  But I already have every thing I need.  In fact, I’m trying to get rid of shit.  It’s from this perspective that I can begin to see things a little more clearly, and the more shit I get rid of, the more clearly I can see.  At this moment, I feel like I have that clarity… to fully embrace and celebrate the great success story that is the band Dharmata.  And so, congratulations to my bandmates for creating and nurturing whatever this noise-making shit is that we do, because it’s taken us here, which is always the best place to be.

Jay Slim