As a part of a promotion tour young singjay Daddy Rings (accompanied by
Matthias "Fiahs" Reulecke and Gary "Benjie" Groeper from German based Ambassa
Music) came to Maastricht (The Netherlands) to do some dub plate specials,
radio calls and an interview for "Reggae Vibes". They started this promotion
tour at the MIDEM in Cannes (France), where Jamaica was the main host during
the opening of this important event. Daddy Rings was one of the performing
artists amongst other great Jamaican artists like Anthony B., Jimmy Cliff and
Teacher & Mr. T.
After recording 4 dubplate specials (on the rhythm tracks of "Can I
Trust A Stranger", "Don't You Cry Again", "Who Is The King Of Kings" and
"Herb Fi Bun" all coming from his excellent "Stand Out" album) and radio
calls, there was some time left to do a short interview.
Daddy Rings grew up in Christiana, a small town in Manchester - a parish in
Jamaica in the country side - together with his four sisters. He started his
professional career in 1992 at the age of nineteen. Before that time he was
encouraged by two uncles. One uncle gave him a guitar and the other one gave
him the opportunity to develope his talents as a deejay by involving him in
his sound system called "Culture Shanti".
At the start of his career Daddy
Rings was inspired by Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks (because of his force in
business and the movements and styles in his lyrics) and Robert "Nesta"
Marley (because of the cultural vibes). He recorded his debut album for
producer King Jammy which actually wasn't a real succesful release in Jamaica
as well as in Europe. After working with King Jammy he teamed up with Andy
Livingston before Fatta D. brought him in contact with Delroy "Dr. Marshall"
Harrison, one of the mixing engineers who works at the Music Works Studios.
It was Dr. Marshall who finally introduced Daddy Rings to Gussie Clarke. He
signed a five year contract with this veteran producer and recorded a new
album entitled "Stand Out" in the Music Works II Studio.
Working with Gussie Clarke was a very good and stimulating experience and
it's no wonder Daddy Rings considers him to be the best producer in Jamaica
at the moment. His respect also goes out to Dean Fraser who added great
background vocals to the songs on the "Stand Out" album.
Talking about the
uprise of conscious lyrics in reggae music - after years of slackness and gun
talk - Daddy Rings felt very good about it, because he is convinced that
music is a strong force to teach, so if you sing songs about good things, you
teach the youth the good things they have to do. His own lyrics are inspired
by the reality as he sees it in the surroundings of his everyday life.
cultural point of view he considers "Judgement Day" and "Don't You Cry Again"
as his favourite tracks on his new album. "Judgement Day" portraits what he
tries to preach and tell to the people who have religious believe. What they
have to do and not to do when the day of judgement comes their way. "Don't
You Cry Again" is a strong reality song, which reaches out to many people on
an emotional level. When he was writing the lyrics of this song he thought of
a few bad moments people can have in life, as even he himself had. Maybe this
song can give those people strength to carry on and never give up. Most of
the rhythm of "Herb Fi Bun" (which is a very haunting rhythm with quite the
same feel and vibe like the "Tempo" rhythm) is laid by listening to the
background of his tune. He thinks it was the way they heard the melody in his
tune which gave them the right vibes to build this really strong rhythm. If
his memory serves him well the rhythm was build by Sly Dunbar and Robbie
Here the interview ended because we were running out of time and we still
wanted to record one more dub plate special with Daddy Rings. It was made
possible - by kind permission of the guys from Ambassa Music - to do a time
limited version on the "Drum Song" rhythm.
We want to give thanks to Guido Delvoux from RUNNetherlands for making it
possible to do the recordings at the RUNN Recording Studio. Also thanks to
Hassan Hamra from Panache Culture for engineering. Respect goes out to the
people from Ambassa Music, Matthias "Fiahs" Reulecke & Gary "Benjie" Groeper,
and to the artist Daddy Rings. One love.