I am here to getting up close and personal with your favorite reggae artist. I know that you would love to know about his professional life. i was totally overwhelmed by his personality, he was so full of energy and optimistic . The way he viewed the world was so positive that reflected in his music. It was pleasant meeting such a nice person and one of the best interview I ever published.
Where did you grow up? What does your father do? Tell audiences something they don’t know?
I was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica, the 9th of ten children. At a very early age I used to love listening to stories. Eventually as time goes on I found myself writing my own stories and began telling them to friends and family after which, I would turn my stories into poetry and then lyrics. At the age of twelve I went to Charlie Smith High School in Jones Town neighboring Trench Town where Bob Marley used to spend most of his time. I played Football for my High School until my graduation after which I went on to play Division one Football and worked as a Sales Man to made money, as they weren’t paying us to play football professionally. My Father was always away, traveling overseas on tour as a guitarist with a band, so he was never around, and my mother got sick and die when I was just turning eleven years old.
And so, I thought that I wouldn’t have to go to School anymore. After all, as a child I hated School. I thought it was boring and a total waste of my time since I wasn’t seen any hard evidence as to why I should be in school, Instead I wanted to learn how to make Furniture at a Shop that was only a few yards away from my house. Because I thought to myself that you could get things done and make money at the same time. Besides that, that I thought the shop used to produce some really find, beautifully varnish furniture with some spectacular cravings. But the biggest thing for me at the is that, I was going to be getting things done
What is your biggest influence and who are your favorite musicians?
I rely heavily on my delivery, especially for clarity and flows; I would usually listen to some of my favorite artists like: Shaba Ranks, Shaka Demus, Lt. Stitchie, Ninja man and General threes, among a few more, and constantly practice their flows for challenges ahead. Bragging rights were always important when I was growing up; so, there was always fierce competition among friends and other boys in and around the communities to see who the best was. In just about every activity we’d get into, someone usually would have to be known, that they were the best-in a particular activity or two.
Reggae music was one of the biggest ingredients in our culture so naturally we were drawn to it. I used to listen to some of the dancehall Reggae Artist who I thought were very good and then get their mixed tapes and then practice to be able to can rap like them. I would look forward to going to some of their shows just to how they would perform live and battle against other Artists.
How would you describe your own style? Why are you different?
Honestly, there are too many great Artists/Musicians in my Genre to say that I have a distinct, unique style that would be a cut above so many or that my style is so much more distinctively different.
While my flow/delivery is very important, I rely heavily on messaging and clarity to stay competitive.
I must have something compelling to tell each time I’d pick up a keyboard and pen to do a number. Because I’m always striving to be more than just a good writer. Lyrically, I definitely would be able to hang with some of the best in this business.
How would you describe your growth as an artist?
My growth as an artist was very difficult, I face many troubles and fears in my entire career. But this helps me to lead to many success events. I want to share one of the incident with my readers which is much highlighted in my career.
I regrettably found out that at our community event that someone had signed me up to participate in. When I got to the center where they were having the event; I went as a spectator, I had no idea that I was going to perform. However, after a few artists finished up their acts, I heard my name announced over the broadcasting PA system, that I was
Up next. At first, I thought it had to be someone else with the same name as me, but some of my friends were laughing when they saw the shock and confused look on my face as they assured me that it was my turn and then they Up started shoving me towards the stage. For a brief moment I thought about running to the nearest exit and go home. And after what happened next, I wished I did.
Anyway, I went on stage took the mic. from the DJ, and as soon as the music began, I looked at the crowd and I was done! The crowed freaked me out! I saw all those eyes focusing on me and-all I wanted to do was to get the hell out of there (I was too shy for that). Then came a few seconds of awkwardness in which the silences were deafening and it felt like eternity. I knew my mouth was moving, but I couldn’t hear a single vocal sound.
I couldn’t remember a single bar to any of my lyrics. But then, at the back of the audience I heard some clapping, but it wasn’t loud, it was just coming in faintly at first, but then it was getting louder and louder with chants of “go!” I wasn’t going to look into the crowd to see who they were. So, I unexpectedly turned to the DJ and asked him to start the music back up from the top. Then, I heard my voice clearly for the first time; after, in which it was WRAP! I did my thing to the delight of my friends who had started the cheering from the back. I had no idea at the time, that they would have chosen me to represent them, however, I was pleased, however I was pleased that they choose me to represent. I came in third at the event.
Afterword’s, I felt like I lost the contest because I was introduced to stage fright.
What got you in music? And why rap music?
I took music class in primary School but I was way too lazy to follow through with it. Besides we were too poor any musical instruments to have put in all the required practice. I was just more interested in writing lyrics. Besides it was a whole lot easier to write lyrics and practice sing and create your own style on other Artists instrumental two track.
I have been into Music on and off for a Minute now, still it was only recently that I have taken it more seriously.
Jamaica has and will always have some great, great, reggae singers however, I was moved more by dancehall rapping, not only because it was in swing at the time and most of the youth would gravitate towards it; but I love its up-tempo beats, which usually gets parties going with its dancing vibes-waking you up. Its flow also gives you an easier chance to get in some good direct hit; when you are battling other artists.
What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
I’ve released my first single in 2003 title “Hold UP YOUR HEAD” …. I’ve done some more tracks like, ” New York, New York,” “I No mad ,” “Can’t Stop Loving You,” “In Her Memory,” “Irie,” and “Look how Me Turned Out” just to name a few.
“Hold UP YOUR HEAD” remains my best song. It’s a collaboration between me and a female Artist. Even though it was done commercially, it’s one of track that still has the potential to be a classic with more exposure. It really hard not to look this song even if you don’t fancy Reggae. It’s a well-produced track and the music that accompanied the vocals is just warmth and friendly.
What message do you like to give to your fan?
My advice to a person who’s into performing Arts, is to always believed in yourself first, and for them to always remember, that is the key for them to get further ahead and to achieve their dreams. I look at it like this, if you don’t believe in yourself people will see that and they won’t believe in you either. And because it’s a tough business everybody is not going to think your good enough, so you better be strong and always ready for challenges. I would tell them to all ways reach out to people in their industry and for them to try and do a lot of collaboration.