1. How did you first get
interested in reggae music?
After listening to a track called
"5 Nights Of Bleeding" by an English dub poet called
Linton Kwesie Johnson I got totally hooked on this drum and bass
driven rhythm of reggae music.
2. Is there a big reggae
community in The Netherlands?
Not really that big. There used to
be a bigger community. We're also a small country. But all the big
and lesser big names of Reggae Music come over here to play
concerts, so then you see people coming.
3. You have described yourself
as a Jesus Dread. What exactly is this?
I took that from how they call
Yabby You, a well known producer and singer in Reggae Music, who
has worked with and even discovered great Reggae Singers like
Wayne Wayde and Michael Prophet. Yabby You is the original Jesus
Dread, for it is a name given to him. His definition is "I
deal with Jah through Jesus Christ". You can check it on his
website. Some people deal with Jah through Rastafari, he deals
with Jah through Jesus Christ. I am also a Jesus Dread, because I
deal with Jah through Jesus Christ. I am also a dreadlocksman.
4. Does this mean you see
Selassie as a deity or as Christ returned?
No, Haile Selassie was just what he
said he was: A mortal man, not to be worshipped and to be replaced
by the ongoing generations. These are his words. Also when you
check the Bible you can see that Haile Selassie can not be a part
of the Divine Trinity.
5. How long does it take you to
finish a song once you begin on it?
Sometimes it takes me weeks, and
sometimes I finish something in 24 hours. One day I was working on
music, and it was like Jah said to me: "Why don't you ask Me
for inspiration?". I did and I made a track which was
received well, it was even reviewed in an English magazine. The
track is called "DubRighteous". For when you pray you
are doing a righteous thing.
6. What are the differences
between making music on your computer and going into a recording
The difference is that I have to
simulate the situations of a studio. I have to have some patience
when my computer has to make some heavy processing. I have to
think what I want in advance a little more. But I also have a
little studio, in the meantime, so not everything is created with
the computer anymore. I see the computer in the studio. The
computer is the heart of the professional studio and the home
studio, and the quality of computers become better and better. In
a studio you can record a band, so you have to have some space and
thing. That is a thing I surely miss. To be unable to record the
band I am a member of.
7. Have you ever considered
making an album of Roots music?
You mean, an album without dub? No.
8. Have you ever had requests to
do versions of other people's music?
Yes, I am currently working on a
track for Alpha and Omega, a well known Dub duo from the UK. I
also make some tracks for a guy called Vicious Vic, but he's not
vicious, he's a really good bass player that lays down lines that
rock hard, so I make some tracks from his bass lines, and they are
quite successful. I also dub some music from Sure Dread, a
brethren Jesus Dread from my home town.
9. You are a member of the band
Jah Roots. Is the band still together?
The band is still together. We were
formed in 1987 as Messiah Calling, but we later changed our name
to Jah Roots.
10. Does Jah Roots do any shows?
We used to, but at the moment we
are working on recordings, at least that is the plan. We're
thinking out concepts how to play Dub Reggae live. That's quite
difficult to do if you want to do it right.
11. Does Jah Roots have any
albums available now or in the future?
We have one demo called "In
The Beginning", but even I no longer have a full copy of it.
12. Do you have any advice for
people just starting out?
Don't protect your music too much.
Don't be too soon satisfied with what you do and publish. Be where
you must be online, and stay coming there. Reason with people.
Have contact. Abide by the rules of decency as much as possible.
13. Being in Europe, do you have
any opinions on the American CCM industry?
I don't really see the need for
such a thing. Christians entertaining themselves, playing
"world" so to speak. They avoid any music that is not
lifting up the Name of Yesus, but in de same time they want to be
entertained with the same vibes. It's like a world in a world, but
that was never part of Yesus Message. He did not say we should
separate ourselves. We should come together, like in STAR, I am so
happy with that, to meet
brethren and sistren in Christ, but I am a musician and if I would
be a grocer I also wouldn't only go to Christian groceries to get
or give work.
14. You have a web site called
The Dubroom. Tell us about it.
The Dubroom is named after my home
studio. It's an online virtual sound system, where I present all
kinds of reggae music freely available on the Internet. It only
has to be good quality reggae music as clearly defined on the
site. I have a section in which I review albums, there's a studio
where you can find all kinds of things for you own musical
creations, there's a lot of links, and information. I also have a
music forum and a forum in which spiritual things are being
discussed. There is also a "home of Messian Dread", in
which one can find out about me, my music and my belief in Christ
15. How has being a member of
STAR helped you?
It helped me to discover more music
created by Christian people. I like the non-denominational aspect
of it as well. But I think we need to have some more activities.
Fortunately these things will also be there in the future. STAR
also helps me presenting my music to a more Christian audience,
because out of the many Christian Reggae I have heard there is not
so much Dubwise.
16. Any funny or interesting
stories that have happened to you?
I am happy with people writing to
me that they found one or another blessing from Jah in my music or
website. I'm grateful to God for the very little things that He
17. For those who don't know,
what is the difference between Dub and Roots?
Well, Roots can be Dub, but Dub
doesn't have to be Roots. Roots is a form of reggae, the original
form of reggae, and Dub is an authentic way of remixing reggae.
This can be roots reggae, or dancehall style.
18. Any plans to sign to a label
or start one yourself?
Well, I have been published on a
compilation album called Roots of Dub Funk, with a worldwide
distribution, on the UK Label of Tanty Records. I have also
been on a compilation call Dub Meet Dub, by a label called Black
19. Do you think that people
might see you as less of an artist by making music on a computer
rather than in a recording studio?
Some might do it, but creating my
music is just as much blood sweat and tears as music not created
with the computer so to speak. Many seem to think that creating
music with the computer means you got to click your own hit
together, well that is absolutely not the case. Every major and
minor detail in my music, I have put it there.
20. Anything that you
would like to add?
I love STAR, and what it stands
for. I am happy to see people coming together in this network, all
praising Jah through Christ, all on their own part of the One Way.
We can come together here, and check each other out. I sometimes
get letters from brethren in STAR, as fellow STAR members, showing
the care that we have for each other, it is good to see this