Brand new music video for Tifa’s “Champion Bubbler” featuring Tifa training and performing with members of the Jamaican national female boxing team. Directed Andy Capper and filmed on location at the Stanley Gold boxing gym in Kingston, Jamaica. This is the second in a trilogy of Kling Klang Riddim videos. In case you missed it, watch the first video for Popcaan’s “So We Do It.”
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Go check out Diplo’s “A Diary of Dancehall” over at Vanity Fair. Written by Diplo and photographed by Shane McCauley, the piece covers some of my work in Jamaica, Popcaan, Creep Chromatic, Passa Passa and a bunch more. Kingston stand up!
I went down to Jamaica in February to produce Snoop Dogg’s new album “Reincarnated” with Major Lazer. The album was officially announced yesterday. Watch the press conference here.
MTV Iggy has a collection of behind the scenes photos from the video shoots for Popcaan’s “The System” and Beenie Man’s “Hot Like Fire.” Shot by Robert Harriott and myself on location in Kingston, Jamaica.
Check out this piece I wrote for Vice about working and recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Popcaan and Beenie Man.
It’s was almost exactly a year ago that I first went down to Kingston, Jamaica to record a few songs with Vybz Kartel and at the the time, we had not yet considered doing an album. Those first few tracks seemed to have something special about them which gave rise to the idea of us doing a full length…and here we are today. Need a soundtrack to your summer? Kingston Story is out now on iTunes!
Dutty Artz is a great New York-based record label and their blog is a must read for its wide coverage of all things New York tropical and beyond. Recently, they interviewed me on my life as a producer, my work with Vybz Kartel and where things are going with Mixpak. Read it here.
How did you begin collaborations with Jamaican artists? Were you interested in particular vocalists/particular sound?
My first project was the single “Gone Too Far” with Sizzla, and I reached out via the internet. In terms of my interest, I’ve been a fan of Jamaican music for a long time, so it was a longstanding dream to be working with Jamaican artists. The first track I did with Vybz Kartel, “Yuh Love,” was a similar thing (over the internet). But lately, I’ve been coming to down to Kingston quite a bit to get into the studio with people directly and that’s definitely my preferred way of working when it’s possible. In terms of whom I’ve worked with, I’ve basically chosen people I was interested in for particular projects I had in mind. There are other artists I’ve wanted to voice whose label has offered very bad contractual terms so it wasn’t possible to get it done. But overall, I feel very good about who I’ve worked with, it’s been amazing and I expect to keep doing more projects.
Read the full Dre Skull interview on Soundclash.
Vybz Kartel gave me a little mention in this television interview talking about who he’s been working with. Speaking of which, I’m heading back to Kingston early next week to do some more recording with Kartel and, hopefully, soon after, I will be announcing what exactly it is we’ve been working on.