Taken from Carribean Celebs
Written by Ayeola
1. Can you describe your sound?
It wouldn’t be up to me to describe me … cause somebody’s opinion of me is not in anyway connected to my opinion of myself… I don’t know if I can describe my sound… I know what I try to do is put a riddim to a poor man’s cry with Selassie-I as the backdrop, but that’s about all I can tell you.
2. You seem to be very busy-performing at several major Reggae and Music Festivals plus you have a lot coming up in 2012. I am sure you have a strong following but would it be fair to say you are niche/underground artist in the sense that you are not really known in the region nor featured heavily in regional media?
It all depends on who is interviewing me me and who is asking questions. I kind of realize sometimes because certain people don’t know who you are it doesn’t mean your underground or a niche artist… some people just don’t know who u are. I mean I’ve been accused of being called a so-called elitist songwriter, and maybe I don’t sing about jumping and waving a flag or something enough so maybe I don’t get covered in the regular Caribbean Blogs. Caribbean people want to listen to a certain kind of music right now and these are the people they push over and over you know.
3. You say you became a professional artist after you left St. Lucia in the sense that you were getting paid for your talent. Having experienced the business side of the music business have you seen any changes back home since your initial departure towards the business side and have you done anything to help bring about any of that change?
I will answer second part first. I have been back to St. Lucia, plenty times and since then we’ve had a musical society which collects royalties for people. It was first known as Heranowa Music Society and now has grown to encompass the entire Eastern Caribbean as ECCO – Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights. We didn’t have that when I was growing up. That has come into play; but also the advent of the Internet has changed the entire musical landscape completely: a man can make his music in St. Lucia, have it on the Internet and sold across the world. As far as taking music seriously in St. Lucia, I’ve come to realize it’s not a Caribbean thing. Whenever resources are limited, people tend to focus on academics, and anything to do with sports or creative lifestyle whether music, painting, dancing; these things are always considered secondary. I think too its based on the size of the country. When a man know you live down the road he cannot see you as a professional or a star because, you know, he used to play foot ball with you around the corner. How can he all of a sudden see you as this incredible human being? So all of this has something to do with the whole idea of the stifling of music and creative industries in the Caribbean.