Posts Tagged ‘Kingston’

Tifa – Champion Bubbler (Official Video)

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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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Diplo’s “A Diary of Dancehall” in Vanity Fair

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Photo by Shane McCauley

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!

Beenie Man – Hot Like Fire (Official Video)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Watch the new music video for Beenie Man’s “Hot Like Fire.” Like the Popcaan “The System” video, this is directed Dayo. Filmed on location in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Popcaan – The System (Official Video)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Watch the new music video for Popcaan’s “The System” directed Dayo. Filmed on location in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Behind The Scenes Photos From The Popcaan and Beenie Man Video Shoots

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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.

Recap of Recording in Kingston for Vice

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Check out this piece I wrote for Vice about working and recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Popcaan and Beenie Man.

Vybz Kartel ‘Kingston Story’ Out Now!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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!

‘Go Go Wine’ Video Shoot

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Go Go Wine Video Shoot

Last week I was down in Kingston for Vybz Kartel’s ‘Go Go Wine’ video shoot and I wanted to share some photos and a video. All photos by Ports Bishop.

Go Go Wine Video Shoot

For the final outdoor scene Kartel was rolling deep with his crew Also, note the fans watching the shoot from the roof. There were literally hundreds of people who came to get a glimpse of Kartel.

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Dre Skull In Jamaica

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Vybz Kartel and Dre Skull

I went down to Kingston, Jamaica in mid-June to record with Vybz Kartel and I’ve finally gotten this post together.

In June, Kartel was watching every single World Cup game, so he was waking up around 8am which left me a little concerned as to whether he would be up for some late night recording. I flew down on a Monday and our first scheduled session was for 3pm on Tuesday, but by 7pm there was no word from him and things weren’t looking too good. Still, I had heard stories that I would likely be waiting, so I was ready for it. By 9pm, I heard the arrangement was to meet him on the side of the road at a specific time—to be waiting in a car—and then follow him to a studio that he was not going to disclose in advance. That’s exactly what happened. When the time came, we linked on the side of a road and subsequently began a twisting and turning journey through the streets of Kingston following Kartel to the mysterious studio.

Walking into the building that housed the studio, there was a dark room with a few young women half asleep on two black leather couches. Past them was the doorway to the actual studio. Once inside, the door was locked and we got right to work. The first track I wanted Kartel to voice was the least dancehall track I had brought, a sort of 135 bpm, half time thing which you can hear a snippet of in the video below. Kartel liked it straight away and said he was good to voice it. His engineer Notnice was manning the computer and handling the recording duties. Kartel had him play the track repeatedly while he messed around with his Blackberry. After a few minutes he was ready to go. Notnice turned off the lights and Kartel sat in front of the mic with the music in his headphones and smoked as the beat played. After a minute or two, he began to make wordless, vocalizations over the track. Notnice was recording everything. I could barely discern any melody, but he was clearly searching it out. Occasionally he would ask Notnice to play back a section to listen to a part and think about it. Within ten minutes, he had started putting down full lines with words and melody. He wasn’t too particular about the lines or fragments of melody being in linear order. He might do the fourth bar in the chorus before going back and doing the first three. Things like that. The pace started to pick up and the song was taking shape very quickly. In addition to writing the words and melody, he was hearing the mix of the song in his head and instructing Notnice to take this word or that word and double it and pan each take. Within an hour or maybe an hour and a half, the first song was done.

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