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Interview: Monsoon

Interview: Monsoon

Interview: Monsoon

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"I'm very proud of where the music has come, overall its a great achievement"


A native of Northern Clarendon in Jamaica, Monsoon is a Washington D.C.-based vocalist/DJ. He was a founding member of the S.T.O.R.M. (Strong Talented Organized and Real Musicians) Band. Then he began a solo career and released some singles such as As Salaam Alaikum and Keep On Loving You, while his first album should be released in 2011. He recently wrote in to discuss what he looks for in a riddim, the story behind his DJ name and advice to up-and-coming artists.

How did you get the DJ name Monsoon?

My stage name was Screechie Ranks until a female friend encouraged me to change it to Monsoon. It fit because I work hard and sweat quite a bit on stage.

Do you remember the first reggae album you heard?

Dennis Brown.

What brought you to Washington D.C.?


What are some of your favorite memories of growing up in Jamaica?

Going to the beach, playing football and cricket, fishing, cooking pon di corner, sharing jokes with friends, Christmas, Easter and independent celebrations.

What do you miss most about the reggae scene in Jamaica?

Performing and attending stage shows, going to studio, dances, freestyle or clash with other DJs. listening to new tunes, hanging with musicians and entertainers.

Do you remember your first time DJing?

Yes, I was ten years old on my uncle sound called Black Lion.

Have you had a favorite moment on stage?

Hearing the audience singing my tunes word for word!!! Also, the expression on some faces when they hear my voice.

What are some of your favorite places to play?

Clarendon, Jamaica, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland. Wash DC and Houston, Texas. Chicago is great too.

What inspires you lyrically?

Life and natural things that surround me.

What qualities do you look for in a good riddim?

Good drum and base and tuff phrases.

What do you feel are the biggest social problems facing the world today?

Well I think its the fact that people show too little love for each other, no unity.

What are some of the biggest challenges you've had to face in your career?

Finding the right people to work with, balancing music and family.

How do you feel that the reggae-dancehall scene has evolved over the years?

I'm very proud of where the music has come, overall its a great achievement.

What is it about your music that makes it connect with so many people?

It's real, people can relate.

What's the biggest advice you would give to reggae artists starting out?

Believe in yourself, work hard, stay focus, read a lot.

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Posted by Madafluff on 10.29.2010
Well said, this entertainer will go far with Reggae music, I have listen to his music and also has seen him on numerous stage show, he is very good of what he does and really connect well with his audience and his fans. Keep up the great work you are doing and may Jah guide and protect you always, Blessings on your endeavours.

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