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Interview: 100 Seconds on Music with Usain Bolt

Interview: 100 Seconds on Music with Usain Bolt

Interview: 100 Seconds on Music with Usain Bolt

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"Growing up in Jamaica music is a part of life"

Usain Bolt is the fastest man alive and he is from Jamaica. Not since Bob Marley has his island’s palpable natural per capita talent been so plainly shown to the world. The land whose motto is “out of many – one people” could just as easily adopt “more success from the few”. 

Usain “the Lightning Bolt” holds the 100 and 200 metres world records as well as six Olympic gold medals in sprinting. In 2012 as Jamaica celebrated 50 years of independence he defended his Olympic titles at both distances and took gold as part of the relay team.

And Usain is also a fan of Jamaican music, enjoying the occasional appearance as a selector and counting notable artists among his friends. He granted United Reggae this checklist interview on the subject – one of the fastest of Angus Taylor’s career…

Usain Bolt

First experiences of music as a child

“Growing up in Jamaica music is a part of life so I would say from birth. Definitely some Bob Marley.”

Reports that he knew Vybz Kartel at school

“Sorry they are misinformed. I didn’t know Kartel growing up. No artist was living where I grew up.”

First sound system experience

“There was a sound system in my community called Sunrise and they played until late into the morning. I could hear it but as a child I wasn’t allowed to go out at nights. Now when I do go out it’s usually to the club.”   

How music has helped his career

“Music is a part of my everyday life. It makes me relax and it’s a good escape from rough times. My song that I play everywhere I go is Bob Marley "One Love".  That’s my anthem. The world needs love I feel.”

Music makes me relax and it's a good escape from rough times

Ways that Jamaican music can move forward

“Well from what I hear we need to create a proper industry to grow our music. I would love - love - to see Reggae and Dancehall on the international scene more.”

Morgan Heritage pausing their concert to watch him win the 100 metre gold live from the Olympic Park in London 2012 with Shaggy in the stadium cheering him on

“It’s just a honour that greats like Shaggy and Morgan Heritage who I grew up listening to would stop to recognize the hard work I have put in to be the athlete I am today.”

Meeting Chronixx at his Tracks and Records show in December 2012

“I love the new wave of roots reggae artists. Chronixx is one who is leading the way. It’s positive and uplifting music and the world needs that now more than ever. I am supportive of anything positive and uplifting for our nation. It’s brand Jamaica at the end of day so just continue making good music and running fast.”

Favourite running music

“Any music that gives you positive energy really.”

Favourite deejay

“Vybz Kartel music.”   

Favourite singer

“Right now I listen to a lot of different musicians. I don’t think I have a favourite right now. I just listen to what’s hot.”

Artist friends

“Chris Martin.”

Music of choice apart from reggae and dancehall

“Hip Hop and Pop.”

New artists to look out for

“There are a lot of artist on the verge. I will just say to the world ‘look out!’”

Usain Bolt

Next DJ set (after his appearance in Paris in 2010)

“It’s the next big secret!” (laughs)

Dream artist to meet in person

“The Legend Bob Marley of course.”

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Posted by nikhil on 05.04.2013
Hi Usain you're the fev for me and you're my insertions for me. I love your style, I really like your body especially your cops.

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