Interview with Daddy Rings.
Studio of RUNNetherlands ~ Maastricht ~ The Netherlands
22 - 01 - 1997

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 Jah Mali.

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.

From a 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 Shakespeare.

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.

Teacher & Mr. T.

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