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The peeps of Shimmy Shimmy did this nice interview with UK Reggae Artist Mr. Williamz.

What name were you performing under at the age of 9?

At first I wasn’t using no name, cos I wasn’t planning anything, [deejaying] wasn’t my main desire, it was just something I got drawn to. So I didn’t have a name, I was just using my real name, Micah. Then when I started high school at the age of 10, they would have concerts at school on Fridays, so my friend encouraged me to perform. I went to an audition, the guy said flash a lyric and so I did and he said ‘yeah man, you sound bad ya know’ and he said ‘what’s your name’, and I said ‘Micah’, and him say ‘no, what’s your name, we want to put you on the poster’. He wanted to know my artist name but I didn’t have a name so he just called me Apache. He did the poster and then everybody knew that was me, just through the resemblance. Cos in Jamaica, if you have a slight Indian resemblance, they’re gonna call you apache or Indian or coolie man or something. Like Super Cat, he did the Wild Apache thing. So it just stuck and people were using that name for me, until about ’92, when i put on ‘cat’, cos I was coming in the style of Super Cat, the same energy to how we flex. That’s when I came to London. In London there was already Apache Indian, there was UK Apache, that’s why I changed to Kool Cat after cos I didn’t want people to mistake it, or think ‘yo he’s trying to be like Apache Indian, or UK Apache’.

Head over to Shimmy Shimmy for the full interview.

A while ago I’ve posted the Ninja Man Onstage Interview. Now here are two more Interviews with the Warlord and the Doctor. Have Fun!


Recently found this nice Interview with legendary Producers Mafia & Fluxy on the awesome Shimmy Shimmy Blog.

How did you both get into music initially?

In our family home my uncle had a sound system called Wizard Hi-Fi. We used to play on the sound system everyday when we came home from school.

What was the sound system scene like when you started? Could you give us an idea what it was like to grow up in the era of legendary UK sounds?

Yes, we had huge sound clashes with sounds like Fatman, Jah Shaka, Sir Coxsone Sound, they were the top 3 sounds in London at the time.

Read the whole Interview over at Shimmy Shimmy.

Just found this exclusive Interview with the legendary Bunny Lee, done by The Large, one half of the DJ Duo Jim Bones & The Large and editor of the incredible Shimmy Shimmy Blog.

Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee is one of the most influential and pivotal producers in the history of Jamaica, and the history of popular music. With a career spanning over 40 years, his contribution is undeniable: breaking some of reggae’s biggest names, having a literal and metaphorical hand in the creation of dub, and pioneering the deejay sound that would later form the backbone of rap music. I was asked to interview Striker a while back now by Westbury, his publisher, and after about 3 days of waiting round and re-arranging times due to Bunny’s hospital visits, we finally met up in a bar in Brixton. It turned out to be a pretty unbelievable afternoon – we were interrupted by Niney the Observer, only then to be gatecrashed by Tappa Zukie, and it all ended up with me singing ‘Natty Dread A Weh She Went’ in his face (he asked for it, literally). Dressed in a full red suit and his signature fisherman’s hat, the 70-year-old producer has some serious stories to tell. I have tried to touch the tip of the reggae iceberg…

Read the Interview over at Shimmy Shimmy.

One of our favorite Blogs, LargeUp, did an nice interview with Walshy Killa. Wicked read!

LargeUp: How did you get started as a DJ?
Walshy Fire: I went to Clark Atlanta University and met with a sound called Changes, which was originally from Nannyville, Jamaica. To give you the real history of it, I used to sell dancehall tapes at events here in Miami. During the summer in high school and college, I would go to Jamaica, rack up on the latest cassettes—because I’m from Halfway Tree, all the cassette places were right there— and come back and duplicate and sell tapes. At night I was always standing outside the party with a radio and tapes. I made nice money off of that too because at that time there was no other way to hear your favorite sound. You’re gonna listen to Kilimanjaro or Stone Love, there’s not many people bringing tapes to you. I would post up where there was a lot of traffic, put the radio on the floor and have a box of cassettes in my hand and yell stuff like “Sound dead!” to grab peoples attention

Read the whole Interview over at LargeUp.

Peter Hunnigale Interview

Veröffentlicht: 21 März, 2012 in 4. Miscellaneous
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Check Zigedub’s Innerview with Peter Hunnigale, who has been nominated “Best British Male Vocalist” at the British Reggae Industry Awards www.britreggae.com/vote.php (Voting is still open until August 2012). This show was broadcast on www.reggae4us.com on March 20, 2012.

2012.03.20 Zigedub Back2Basics with Peter Hunnigale by Germaicanlady on Mixcloud

Johannes Waechter interviewed Sly Dunbar, one half of the legendary Sly & Robbie, for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. Sorry, German Only.

Erzählen Sie ein bisschen von den legendären Sessions mit Serge Gainsbourg, bei denen sein Album Aux Armes Et Caetera entstand.

Jemand von Island Records hat uns angerufen und gesagt, dass Serge Gainsbourg gerne ein Album in Jamaika aufnehmen würde. Ich kannte den Namen von dem Song „Je T’Aime“, aber ich habe mich trotzdem gefragt, ob es derselbe Künstler ist, da „Je T’Aime“ ja kein Reggae-Song ist und ich einen Reggae-Sänger erwartete. Als wir im Studio ankamen, hat er gesagt, er würde gerne ein Reggae-Album mit französischem Gesang machen. Ich habe kein Wort von dem verstanden, was er gesungen hat, aber wir haben einfach angefangen zu spielen und es hat so gut funktioniert, dass wir das ganze Album in einer Woche aufgenommen haben. Zum Schluss haben wir noch die I-Threes geholt für die Backing Vocals – fertig. Das war eine erstaunliche Session.

Read all via Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

The excellent german blog “so gesehentalked to Supersonics Spider for their second installment of their A Real Soundman interview series. Sorry, german only.

[so gesehen] Nach so langer Zeit im Business wäre sinkende Motivation eine logische Schlussfolgerung. Woher ziehst du persönlich deine Motivation Woche für Woche Reggae und Dancehallmusik, insbesondere auch aktuelle Produktionen, unters Volk zu bringen?

[spider] Es gibt halt vieles an der neuen Musik was mich immer noch catched und mich die Musik feiern lässt. Natürlich kann ich mich mehr dafür begeistern New Tunes auf nem Dance zu spielen als zum zigsten Mal den Wipe Out. Gerade wenn man jede Woche auflegt, ist es immer schwierig ständig Tunes aufzulegen die man nicht mehr hören kann aber für den Großteil der Massive, der einmal im Monat auf nen Dance geht was ganz besonderes ist. Klar ist es für einen selber wesentlich motivierender Musik zu spielen auf die man selber bock hat und die man auch authentisch feiern kann und das macht denke ich auch ein Stück unserer Art zu spielen aus, dass wir uns daran orientieren was wir wirklich persönlich gerne hören, selbst wenn andere Tunes den kompletten Laden zum ausrasten bringen würden.
Grundsätzlich kann man sagen, dass sich Musik immer verändert und, gerade aktuell, auch viel Mist dabei ist und jede Menge Hype. Ich denke aber, dass man da irgendwie mit der Zeit gehen muss und sich den aktuellen Gegebenheiten anpassen sollte.

Read the whole Interview via so gesehen.

Old Audio Interview with Tenor Saw, bout the story behind Ring The Alarm, found on Youtube.

Everyones favorite Radio-Voice, Journalist, Dubplate-Engineer and Dancehallqueen Ursula “Munchy Münch did an Interview with Adde Instrumentals from Sweden, the man behind such big Kartel tunes like Summer Time, Bike Back and Open Up, for reggaeville.com.

He’s also known from the group Stockholm Highgrades.

How did you get to work with Vybz Kartel?
I sent two beats to different e-mail adresses I thought could be Vybz Kartel. I got a reply from one of them basically saying: “I want the beats, are you selling them? Please send me all the files”. I replied that if he was the real Vybz Kartel, then I wanted him to follow me on twitter. He asked me what I´ve been smoking and so on. Got a new mail a week after that was a demo of “Bike Back” recorded straight to the mic in his macbook. Sounded so distorted I couldn´t even tell it was him. I thought it was a just an impersonator. A couple of minutes later I received a video of Kartel saying “stop acting like a child and send me the files”. And so I did. A few hours later, “Bike back” recorded, mixed, and out on Youtube.

Read all via reggaeville.com