Ambient Dub! Before 23 Degrees released “...an Endless Searching for Substance” in 1994 on Silent Records, the term “Ambient Dub” was reserved for the Beyond Label and bands
like The Orb. The Album was a hit and brought attention to Silent and 23 Degrees. I remember seeing this album appear on many “best of” lists around this time and to this day is still the favorite Silent
release of many of the Silent artists.
Formed in the early nineties by Los Angeles DJ Tim Hendricks, 23 Degrees also included Roy Robinson and Bertha Matus. For all the hype surrounding 23 Degrees, it is amazing to
me how difficult it is to find information about them. Luckily Tim found me after hearing rumours that a Silent Records website was being built.
After the 1995 release, “Born of Earth’s Torments”, 23 Degrees continued to release remixes and singles for Silent Records. They were also remixed by many other dance/dub
artist. After the label was sold, Tim married Silent Records vocalist Alaura (see SR9575) and moved to Hawaii but managed to continue his ties with the label through his friendship with (then label owner)
Raul. Tim and Roy continue their frienship, however, Bertha has moved on. Looking back, it is a shame that 23 Degrees only released 2 full-lengths and 7 singles. A third full-length release (a live
performance at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, 1996) was planned, but Silent folded before it could be pressed. Nowadays tim spends his time surfing and relaxing in paradise. He has not completely
forgotten music, however, continuing to record and dj as King Kalohe at a local radio station. Tim also mentions a possible 23 Degrees/Alaura collaboration that is in the works. Mahalo Nui Loa Tim!