Andrew McCafferty : Which label will release it ?
Interview by Andrew McCafferty - © www.MELODYMAKERS.de 2002.
Julian Marley : It's going to be Tuff Gong.
Andrew McCafferty : That's something to do with your own label?
Julian Marley : Yes that's our own label.
Andrew McCafferty : Who is the producer of the album?
Julian Marley : Well Stephen Marley is the producer, we also produce... me and
Andrew McCafferty : So you and Damian also produce?
Julian Marley : Yeah, well Steve is like the head you no what I mean, he is
like the captain.
Andrew McCafferty : I know what you mean it's a family thing!
Julian Marley : Yeah that's right.
Andrew McCafferty : Do you have any guest appearances on the album?
Julian Marley : Not yet.
Andrew McCafferty : Do you plan to have any guests on it?
Julian Marley : Maybe Junior Gong, I donít know. We got a lot of musician friends that might be, but not yet.
Andrew McCafferty : Maybe with Busta Rhymes? Your performance (Rastaman
Chant) with Busta at the 1999 Marley Tribute-did you enjoy it? Was it a good
Julian Marley : Yeah it was a good time you know and well, we know him also
before that and it was just normal getting together and jamming one of the
songs he also knows,.. also.. do you know what I mean, because he was born in
Andrew McCafferty : He was born in Jamaica?
Julian Marley : Yeah, so he knows the song too.
Andrew McCafferty : Will it be more rootsy like your debut album, we are
talking about your new album, or is it going to be like Damian's one which is
a bit hiphop orientated?
Julian Marley : Well it got some sounds of both worlds. It got some hiphop
also some of the original authentic music, Reggae, it also has a bit like
Jazz and Blues.
Andrew McCafferty : So what kind of Blues do you like?
Julian Marley : Well Blues, I like some old guys, some Sam Cooke.
Andrew McCafferty : You like Fats Domino?
Julian Marley : Yeah just getting into some of his music, Nat King Cole deep
Andrew McCafferty : Could you tell us some details about the songs on the
Julian Marley : A lot of songs on the album, well I mean each song is dealing
with the spiritual, each song is a spiritual song, you know what I mean.
The first album is more talking like street what's happening on the street
this one is more about the spirit and judgement. So we have a song like
SYSTEM which speaks about the system that was made to rule and to divide,
you know what I mean, to fool you. We have songs like FATHER'S PLACE, which is
speaking of Heaven, Zion, "so come with me to my Father's place were we can be
in unity". So a lot of deep songs.
Andrew McCafferty : Actually deep like the words are deep?
Julian Marley : Yeah, each song is personal for each.
Andrew McCafferty : You open for Damian on the Halfway Tree tour in 2001. Did
you perform any of the new songs there?
Julian Marley : Yeah, we performed one or two, we performed BUILD TOGETHER, we
performed SYSTEMS that's probably it from the new.
Andrew McCafferty : Yes, and what did you think were the reactions?
Julian Marley : Well, we got a lot good reactions, reaching people waiting to
hear new music and when they hear it.. well.
Andrew McCafferty : Did you find that when you bring new music out it takes
them a lot of time to get use to it?
Julian Marley : Well, if they have a CD they get use to it.
Andrew McCafferty : Could you give use a short sample of a song like SYSTEMS for all those that were not able to see the tour last year?
Julian Marley sings : "Working for the system year saying you can't earn no
living and unemployment who the skyscrapers keep rising what's the use we
wait no more oh no cos rastafari the law, saying donít you know that systems
were made to rule systems were made to divide and to rule systems were made
Andrew McCafferty : Yeah, that's magic and do you have any plans for a tour?
Julian Marley : Well, we're wating for the album first you know.
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