What inspires your music?
What inspires me is the love of creating new music, a new sound that’s unique, beautiful, rhythm driven, and lyrically conscious. What inspires me are the artists I look up to such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, among others. With so much negativity, confusion, and vanity in the world what inspires me is the idea that music and lyrics can potentially inspire a generation even if it’s just one person, it can make a positive change, it can make a positive difference in a person’s life, it can unite like-minded individuals for the greater good.
How would you classify your music?
It’s unique, inspirational, and conscious. My music is free spirited because there is no one telling me how my music should sound like or what my lyrics should be. As a genre it’s reggae fusion taking its influences from reggae, rock, dancehall, dub, and trance. For example “The Chant” is crucial roots reggae influenced by rock similar to Steel Pulse. “Bright Side” is more like new roots reggae also influenced by rock, but you have a modern arrangement and production style. “The One and Only (Club Mix)” is even more different because it’s club track influenced by trance and reggae dancehall arrangements. I try to make every track sound unique and different, so each one has more or less of an influence from particular subgenres.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Through art my main goal is to promote consciousness and inspiration. I’ve been painting and drawing from an early age. When I was 10 years old I was selected by my school to personally give the Queen of England a collection of my school’s art including two of my own works. I’m a very spiritual person and I always try to include that into my art whether it’s a painting or an audio recording. I take the ideals of Confucius, Socrates, Lao Tzu and other great leaders of conscious humanity and apply them to life and art.
What sets your music apart from others in your genre?
It’s the fact that I make each track sound unique and that I’m in charge of the whole process from composing lyrics to distribution. My two greatest influences are Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, but I love other types of music as well such as surf, trance, hip-hop, etc which all contribute to a sound that sets me apart. As a result of living in three corners of the world and the true love I have for ancient history, culture, philosophy I believe I have attained a unique worldwide perspective and an artistic vision that I share in my songs. What obstacles have you faced in the music industry? The biggest obstacle I face is being an independent artist in a full sense of the word. I mean having to write, record, produce, master, design album graphics, website, and promote while working a full-time job is a great challenge because you’re one person doing a job traditionally done by a crew of professionals, but I like the challenge and freedom of doing things this way. However, I’m always open to working with others. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
What direction do you see the music industry going?
The digital age has without a doubt revolutionized the music industry. With today’s technology being so accessible almost anyone can record and release tracks. As a result the industry is being and will continue to be swept by a tidal wave of independent releases. It’s easier to release a song, but it’s more competitive as more artists are competing to get their songs heard. So the quantity of new music has skyrocketed, but not necessarily the quality. I see physical CD sales continuing to diminish, I see free Internet radio stations like Last.fm growing, I see ticket prices for established acts increasing. I see this trend continuing for a while until there’s a mass disruption in the flow of digital information, such as in the case of a major solar flare or another external global event. Then the music industry will start where it started organically – handmade instruments!
What song are you currently promoting? Who is the producer and how did the song come about?
I am promoting “Bright Side” produced by myself. The song evolved from catchy chord progressions on the guitar followed by experimenting with new production techniques while recording. I wanted the lyrics to be inspirational and catchy. It’s about living life to the fullest and never loosing sight of the bright side which symbolizes the truth. Even though the road might be rocky in some places it’s about not being discouraged and not loosing sight of the bright side.