Since 2000, we’ve been asking the same question. “Who let the dogs out? Who? Who?” It’s been 15 years since the Baha Men released their smash hit that was played non-stop. But where is the group now? Well, they’re about to release a brand new album this month titled “Ride With Me.” I had the pleasure of chatting with Dyson Knight, the band’s lead singer, about the album and what they’ve been up to for the past 10 years.
It may seem as though new music from the Baha Men came out of the blue, and the story of how it happened is a whirlwind.
“We were at a Sony conference in the Bahamas. They asked for the top band, and since we are the only ones with a Grammy, we were asked to perform for them,” Knight said. “The CEO of Sony asked a friend if we would sign and they basically stopped the show. It got everyone excited, feeling that energy.”
Knight attributes the final decision of getting back into music to the group missing the excitement of the stage and finally finding that feeling again at the conference.
“We’ve really been doing nothing all this time,” he said. “We’ve been keeping busy, just enjoying life in the Bahamas. There’s never been a sense of urgency to get back in.”
Now that the Baha Men are reentering the music scene, there is one question that everyone is wondering: Will they forevermore be associated with “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
“We actually thought about changing our name to this! It’s a mega song and is still being talked about,” Knight said. “It’s one of those songs that’s just going to be around forever. It’s not going to move anywhere.”
It’s safe to say that the band has evolved their sound since their first hit. At first, they were only supposed to record an EP. However, a producer had so much faith in their new sound that he wanted to make more music, resulting in a full album.
“It’s definitely current,” Knight said of the new music. “It will be a relevant competitor in dance pop music. We’ve worked with people like Santana and Wyclef Jean, so it’s not going to sound old at all.”
The first single off the album is called “Night & Day” and has a music video to go along with it. Knight’s personal favorite song from the album is “Carry On.”
“My daughter actually picked it,” he said. “She is very much a critic.”
Knight is confident about the future and the new sound of the Baha Men, however, he is understandably apprehensive about jumping back in after 10 years.
“It’s exciting and scary being off the scene for so long,” he said. “You don’t know who’s still listening. Technology is different. We’re trying to revamp our social media profiles and it gets tiring.”
Look out for the Baha Men’s new album “Ride With Me” this month and check out bahamen.com for videos, updates and links to the band’s social media profiles.