I love music in all its forms. Love to play, love it live, and I dig instruments. Like I dig for old things that make noise in unpredictable ways.
Been travelling since I was little and I still am little and still collecting vinyl.. Singing for me is the ultimate expression in music and tho it ain’t my forte, it does give me the most pleasure. I started out on clarinet, sax and moved to drums, bass, guitar and all kinds of things that I can build or make noise with.
I’m particularly into old keyboards and yet I cant play them cept to thump out rhythms, still I collect and use them in my recordings. I am very into the quality of sounds and that relates directly to my interest in recording.
I’m also a studio nut. I like to spend time playing instruments and getting my takes down with just the right sound… I’m interested in vintage recording gear and techniques, the sound on the old soul and rocksteady 45s is so thick and beautiful…. I guess I could have started out sampling records and made things easier on myself since I have all the breaks and hooks on record i could want.
But I get such enjoyment from playing and so much inspiration from the music. I prefer the enjoyment & spontaneity of composing and recording with instruments. It don’t mean I think sampling is a no no… It’s just that my records are like a library to me, like a writer would have a large collection of books.
Just a little inspiration is needed to create wholly new. Its been a long learning curve that extends off into the unforeseeable and I’m happy to say my first 45 is on its way to a turntable. Ultimately it’s the singers and players that really hit it for me. When you hear voices that bring joy & tears, people like Ken Boothe, Marvin Gaye, Marley, Donny Hathaway, Ann Peebles.. that’s what really does it for me.. or Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, these instruments take you inside.. So I create music now because it’s a natural for me.
&: phil pratt, barry brown, al green, jackie opel, carlton and the shoes, bobby rush, ruby andrews, jackie mittoo, nelson sanders, johnny osbourne, hamilton movement, syl johnson, beatles, labelle, freddie mcgregor, trussel, charanga 76, chet ivey, war, roberto de sax and zeca do trombone, serge gainsbourg, cameo, prince charles, ray parker jr, sir guy, barry white, fela kuti, jorge ben, d’angelo, muddy waters, tony joe white, lee fields, burning spear, james brown, poets of rhythm, david axelrod, clarence reid, hemsley morris, lyn collins, freddie jackson, scritti politti, NWA, prince, gang starr, geto boys, tribe called quest, rakim, black sheep, prince paul, dr octagon, de la soul, beasties, lee perry, king tubby, michael jackson, fleetwood mac, grandmaster flash, cypress hill, lloyd parks, delroy wilson, johnny clarke, toots and the maytals, captain sky, george clinton, sizzla, pharaoh sanders, janes addiction, little denice, curtis mayfield, augustus pablo, devon russell, the heptones, aswad, UB40, sharon jones & dapkings, antibalas, hugh masekala, la funk mob, mc solaar, snoop dog, moody scott, marva whitney, primevil, the counts, alton ellis, bobby byrd, mckinley sandifer, tommy bush, funk, rocksteady, transcendental jazz, latin, soul, disco, reggae, hip hop, afrobeat, latin, ska, electro, boogaloo, R & B,…