venerdì 16 settembre 2016

Shem Reggae interview !!!!

Greetings to everybody dear people out there ! Fall is here and darker and colder days have definetly made their official entrance in our lives, so we really felt the need to bring some light, love and music to this page and we did it through the interview with our dear brother Shem, a great artist and a humble and righteous man. Here you go dear readers !



Hello Shem, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?

  My name is Shem and I am a reggae artist. I live in Australia

Would you like to tell us something about your background ?

I was born in Fiji, and attended schools in England and Canada before settling in Australia when I got my calling to do Jah works

When did you start playing and singing ?

I started writing songs when I was quite young, roun 8 or 9 years old. I found that I had a natural ability to put music and lyrics together in a way that seemed to fit. I pursued this art that Jah gave me and I started my first band called “Crucial Riddim” wen I was 19

Which instruments can you play ?

Well I always consider Iself as a singer/songwriter foremost and the instruments I play is more from the heart, but I perform and can play guitar and keyboards

Why you make music and which messages you bring forth through it ?

The reason I do my music is not something that I chose but something that I was called to do by The Almighty. You see, Jah will chose the right people at the right time to do those works that he wants done. So I was given a certain knowledge and called to do a certain educating and enlightening, and my music is simply the vehicle to achieve that purpose. The messages are simply about the real way of life that was intended for mankind and the true purpose for everyone and the truth about God. The truth is quite simple but mankind complicates it. I’m bringing it back to the basics of Rastafari, which simply means “All that is good”.  Its about the original teachings for all mankind to find their purpose and true happiness. When you look aroun the world today, you can overstand why we need that true direction

Where you draw your inspiration from ?

My inspiration comes from God. When I was a child I had a plaque on my wall that read “God’s gift to you is Life, what you do with it is your gift back to God”.  As a 9 year old child, this resonated with me and made me realise what we are meant to do with our life. But when I looked around, I saw people living corruptedly and I didn’t overstand how this could be paying God back for giving them life. People seemed to go to church on Sunday but then act totally different on the other days of the week. I didn’t understand this so I told God that I would just wait for him to tell me the truth and I would follow, because even as a child I had this deep urge to be Godly with everything I do. Then one day I heard a guy called Bob Marley and this changed my existence. I started a spiritual journey picking up and absorbing seeds, and this has lead to where I am today.

How central is your faith in your life and in your art ?

My faith and my life and my art are one and the same. It has to be a one thing. I must practice what I preach otherwise I am a hypocrite. So I live what I sing about and I teach my family the same and we are all one, together strong and aiming for all that is good in our thinking and doing. I live it and breathe it and I sing it and teach it

Tell us something about ''The Wailers experience'', an amazing album with an amazing story behind.

Michael Jordan was on the Oprah show once and he was asked if he dreamed of becoming a famous basketball player when he was young, and his response was. “There’s no point dreaming. Just do the right thing and everything that is due to you will be bestowed upon you”. So maybe it was due to me to have this experience because I did nothing to achieve it except be a good, Jahful person. However I was asked this question by the press recently and the actual lead up to The Wailers experience can be read about by going to this link
http://scenestr.com.au/music/reggae-veteran-shem-s-bob-marley-celebration

Which are your plans for the future ? Are you working on some new tunes ?

I have no plans and its only Jah plan that I follow but I have been instructed to take this teaching everywhere which I am doing. A new album will be coming out next year and I am constantly meditating on new material for there is much that needs to be said.

Where our listeners and readers can follow you ? (social media, web-sites ) Where can we buy your music ?

The website is www.shemreggae.com
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook (Shem Reggae)
“The Wailers experience” and future albums will be available on Itunes and if you prefer a CD, then all CD’s will be available online at my daughter’s etsy site. She does hand-made, home-made, cruelty free products, crystals, jewellery etc and my record label is collaborating with her and making our CD’s available on that site. It is currently in the final stages of being set up, so if you keep in tough wit me on Facebook, I will let everyone know when it’s up and runnin
Peace and love to all, and Praise Almighty Jah

 
Thank you Shem for taking your time to answer to our questions, blessings of peace and joy to you and to our dearest readers !

Pictures : courtesy from Shem
Interview : Flavia Maldarizzi (Sunshine Dread)

giovedì 15 settembre 2016

Softengine Interview


Hello Dear listeners and readers,

Well yes, sometimes dreams come true. About two weeks ago we had the chance to interview the great Topi Latukka from Softengine band, in Sony Music offices in Helsinki. This has been an amazing experience, you know one of those experience that are really really hard to forget. The interview was on air a few weeks ago, in case you lost it keep on reading :).

Before starting : a HUGE thanks to Topi and Tommi (the manager) for their kindess.

Hello Topi,

How are you ?

-Hello, hello.... I'm fine thanks


Would you like to introduce yourself and the other members of the band to the listeners ?

-We are softengine, we are Topi, Tuomo, Henri, Ossi


The band was formed in 2011, how did you guys meet ?

-I think I met Henri, when we were 9 years old in some music school, we were studying theory one year; after that I haven't seen him in ten years then one night in a club called Karma in Seinajoki, I've met him again we had a fun night, he told that he was still playing piano and stuff so I invited him to the band. I've met Ossi when I was 10, I had a band called Dimention, and I invited him to play but we kicked him out because he wasn't so good in playing guitar. I felt bad about that so I did a new band called Softengine and I invited him to play, that's how I met Ossi. I think I've met Tuomo when we were in High School. We had this sideproject it was like a humor band, it was like a deth metal band, I asked him to play the drum there

Why did you choose the name Softengine ? Who came up with the name ?

-We were eating Kebab in the middle of rehersals, we had a lot's of names. Our old drummer came up with the name Softengine, everyone was like "yeah sounds cool" and describe our music somehow.


In 2014 you won the Uuden Musikki Kilpailu, how was that experience ?

-Feels like I was a different man, those memories are so foggy, I don't remeber that much about that time. What I remeber is that was fun, we had so much fun, it was exciting, we were over excited that we weren't even nervous when we were playing, we were a band from the cellar and we went straight in front 180 millions people, it was something from a different world


In Uuden Musikki Kilpailu and in Eurovision you performed Something Better, would you like to tell us something about this song ?

-It was our first big song, people has been telling that has been our best song, I think is just like the others, actually this was our first real single.


Are you all involved in writing the lyrics and the music ?

-Well we do some music together, I do most of it alone and we write the music with Henri

Where do you get inspiration for your music ?

-Well, when I walk in the nature I feel more inspired, if I see something moving I I'll be more inspired. If I'm just in the cellar with my computer I don't have anything in my mind, so I have to go out, do something.


Which is your favorite song among yours ?

-My favorite one is The Sirens


So your new single was realised a couple of weeks ago, It's called Free Rider. We heard it and is amazing, would you like to tell us something about it ?

-It's a tempo rock song, coming from somewhere in my dark deep mind, it's a strange song, really different from the others we did, you should listen to it.


We know there's a new album on it's way, what can we exepect from it ?

-It's more like a story telling album or EP, we are not sure if we are going to put those EPs together, but there will be like story. You will see.

You were fetured in Robin's song Salamatie, how was collaborating with him ?

-It was fun, it was easy. Robin is a nice guy.

If you could choose someone to feture in one of your songs, who would it be ?

-I would choose Jared Leto, he's been my idol for my whole life.

Where can our listeners buy your music and reach you on social medias ?

On Facebook as Softengine
On Instagram as Softengineofficial 
On Twitter as Softengineband
And on our web-site http://www.softengine.fi/

You can find our music on Spotify and I-tunes

Do you have any gigs coming soon ?

-Actually we are having a little break at the moment, cause we are writing songs, but we will be back on stage soon.  


So this was the interview, I'm so happy that we as radio had the chance to meet and interview this amazing guy.  I'm linking here below Free Rider by Softengine, you must listen to it !!! :)



 
 
Thank you for reading ! Have a nice evening !!



 






 

giovedì 8 settembre 2016

Cimorelli interview.

Hei Listeners & Readers, today I'm back with a new amazing interview. I happy to host here in our web-site the fantastic Cimorelli sisters. It's an honor for us to host them here.



Hello Cimorelli sisters :

Would you like to talk a little about your big family ?

We love having a big family! It's so much fun having so many siblings and so many fun things going on. It's a blast and we hang out together all the time.

How and when the Cimorelli group started ?

We started in 2007 when we lived in Northern California. Christina, our oldest sister, was the one who had the idea. She is the leader of our band and it was always her dream to do a band.

You did a lot of covers, which one is your favorite ?

We really like the cover we did of Problem! It was a lot of fun to make and the fans love it. We shot it around Malibu, where we used to live.

With six sisters on stage, what does it feel like ?

It feels amazing! We all feed off of each other's energy and we truly love performing together. Also, because we are sisters, we can pretty much read each other's minds.

You released an album a few months ago, UP AT NIGHT, would you like to tell us something about the album ?

We wrote every song on the album. Christina and Lisa arranged all the harmonies. Dani and I (Katherine) wrote the intro on the inside of the album cover, and Dani designed the album booklet! We really put our heart and soul into that album. All the songs came from the heart and we are very proud of it!

Which is your favorite song from the album ?

We all have different favorites. My favorites are Acid Rain and Sunsets and Heartbreak!

If you could choose an singer/band to perform with, who would it be ?

We really like Sam Hunt! A big country artist would be fun.

You are going to tour Europe this fall, what do you expect from this tour and from your european fans ?

We toured Europe last year and we are SO excited to go back!! The fans there are so passionate and so amazing, we can't wait to go back and see them! The show is always very emotional. There is a deep connection between us and the fans that is very powerful.

Have you ever been to Finland ? Would you like to come ?

No we haven't, but yes we would really like to come! We have always wanted to go to Finland!

Which are your plans for the future ?

We have some very exciting new projects coming out this fall. We feel so inspired and creative lately, we can't wait for the fans to experience these new projects.

Where the listeners can buy your music and follow you on social medias ?





Snapchat: itscimorelli

Thanks for having us!! 
 
 
 
So this was the interview, I'm so happy that I had the chance to host these amazing girls on our web-site. Continue like this girls you are super !!!
 
I'm linking here one of my favorite Cimorelli songs, be sure to check it out cause it's fantastic :)
 
 
 

Bless you all

-Gaia.
 


 
 










 

giovedì 1 settembre 2016

Ras Sparrow interview !!!

 Greetings to all dear listeners and readers ! How are you doing ? I'm more than fine, writing from Rovaniemi, as you can see yours truly is always thinking of you even when on the road ! But here we are with a new amazing interview with a really talented brother : Ras Sparrow !!!




-Hello ! Would you like to introduce yourself to our listeners\readers ?  

 Yes I ! Greetings and love ! Ras Sparrow talking to ya!   Big thanks to Radio Queen Loviisa
 for having me! 

-Which have been the most important influences in your life ?

Nature and the love supreme are my greatest influences on a daily basis.  Love is the foundation of all things and nature it's purest manifestation.  

-How central is your faith in your life, in music, in your art ?

Faith plays a major role in my life and music.  You see music is somewhat like faith in the sense that you can't see it but you can feel it! Faith is what gets me through hard times and what allows me give thanks for all the blessings of Jah.

-Who, or what, made you say ' I want to make music ' ?

From an early age I have been very much moved by music.  There weren't any musicians in the house but everyone in the family loved music and music was constantly playing.  So I suppose I was just inspired to make that rhythm and sound I so much loved to listen to.

-Where you draw your inspiration from ? Tell us something about your creative process.

To be alive is inspiration! Everyday living, the struggles, the accomplishments. You can find inspiration in all situations and surroundings.  Even in tough times I try to draw inspiration and convert that negative into a positive.

-When did you start playing and which instruments can you play ?

Well, I started playing the four-stringed venezuelan "cuatro" when I was just a kid, about 11 I think.  I then quickly moved on to the guitar which I consider my main instrument. I also play bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, and do all my own recording and production. 

-Which messages you take forth with your music ?

The message is one of faith, hope, justice, equality, and above all LOVE! 

-On 2008 you released your first production 'Sovereign People'. Would you like to talk about that first project ?

After releasing the song "Good Seed" as a single in 2005 and having it hit #1 on Hawaiian radio stations I decided to produce a full album. "Sovereign People" was recorded at different locations in Hawaii including my own Studio One Love and did all of the mixing and mastering there as well with very minimal studio equipment.  

-Is it true that your studio (One Love Studio) is powered by solar energy ? This is fantastic !

Yes I !  Studio One Love is my small solar-powered recording studio nestled in the hills of Puna, Hawaii. I lived on the Big island of Hawai'i for many years and consider it my second home. Live aloha!!! 

-Let's talk about your new single 'Lion in a cage '. I could listen to it over and over, it is so powerful and speaks some important truths.

"Lion in a Cage" is a song about the struggle we all face in these troubled times and a call to "rise above the lies and confusion."  I wrote and recorded it in Caracas, Venezuela which is my birthplace and current home alongside the Judahland Band and La Makeda on female vocals.  It is a song of sufferation and redemption. "Free from the cage now, my help it comes from Zion!"

-Are you on tour now ? Have you ever visited Europe ?

There is a tour of Brasil coming up before the end of this year which I am really looking forward to.  I have yet to reach Europe but Jah willing I will get to visit in the future.  My music seems to be picking up more and more everyday over there, something for which I am very thankful for! 

-What are your plans for the future?

To continue living in a positive manner and keep making music for the mind, body, and soul! 

-Where our listeners and readers can follow you and buy your music ? (social media, web-site ... )

Official Page: www.RasSparrow.com



Thank you so much Ras Sparrow for giving us the chance to know you better, but mostly thank you for your music and beautiful soul. Jah Bless you !

Flavia Maldarizzi

giovedì 25 agosto 2016

Tulitauko Sound Interview !!!

 Greetings to you all dear listeners and readers ! How are you ? We're really fine, many interesting things are happening and we're meeting so many wonderful people. Today we have the great pleasure to host in our pages Tulitauko Sound System, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary !



- Hello Fred, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?
 
Hello, I'm Fred from Tulitauko Sound and I've been playing as a reggae selector and lately also more on mike duties. When I got involved with reggae music at the beginning there were only records. When I started to build up the sound system and building my own speaker boxes, all the inspiration was coming from where reggae was actually born: the jamaican sound systems. Jamaican sound systems in the seventies were like the people's radio. It was the place where you could hear the reggae music that you couldn't hear anywhere else. It was not played on the radio at that time even if it was produced a lot of reggae in Jamaica. There were more american songs and more international stuff and not the real reggae. The real reggae was played on the sound systems. Before studios released new tunes they used to test them on the sound system, they gave the record to the sound man to run it on the sound and they could immediately see the effect that the tune had and if it was going to be a big hit. It was like a testing ground for the reggae music and reggae music really evolved around the sound system. Like in Jamaica, Tulitauko Sound System plays music that it is especially made for Sound Systems and dub-plates, special versions made for the sound.

- Tell us more about Tulitauko Sound System and how you founded it. Can you tell us more about this project ?
 
It was about 15 years ago when I was starting to go to sound-system sessions with sounds like Healing of the Nation and  also before, Komposti Sound, from Helsinki. I was getting more interested about sound system and I started to build up my own speaker-boxes and little by little we started bulding our own sound system and play roots reggae music on it. Tulitauko was founded by me and two other guys :  Vilhelm and  Sutra. Then Sutra dropped out and I continued with Vilhelm for some years before Jah Equity came along  from Switzerland where he had been running his own sound system already for many years. Jah Equity also produces his own material so he is also a producer and plays mostly his own productions in the sessions so he is the dub  maker. Later on two other guys, Van Stouter and Ken-I, came along to join the sound first as helpers, because it is growing bigger and bigger and to move the sound we needed help and later they also started to play as selectors . Now that we are five It is easier to move the sound which has been growing so big that we need a truck to move it. The regular van it is not enough anymore. It's quite a heavy and big project every time we put up the sound so it's good to have more arms.

-Which is the vision behind Tulitauko ?
 
First there was just the love for reggae music, then the desire to spread the  positive and conscious message  and to promote roots and culture reggae music to the people. It's a sound system so we're selectors and operators and we bring different vocalists and players of instruments, mainly from Uk and Finland, to sing and play on the sound.

-What do you want to achieve through it ?
 
The main thing is to spread the message, to spread the conscious vibe and make it grow. Play music that have a message of positivness and one love message and music that make you come close into yourself because inside everyone there is goodness and reggae music is like a call; when hear the message and the truth in the words you will also awaken yourself. So we're spreading this conscious message.

-What do you think about the roots and reggae movement here in Finland ? And in Europe ?
 
In Finland the scene is quite small if you compare it with for example, Sweden,where it is of course bigger. In Finland everything comes a little bit later but now during the ten years that we have been active the roots scene has grown and also reggae in general, you can listen to Jukka Poika and artists alike from the radio . Fifteen years ago there was maybe one or two Sounds in Finland playing reggae music and now there are more: a lot of smaller sounds coming up and growing like Ivah Sound and it's nice to see that the younger generation is also active. The reggae scene in a whole was coming out from Jamaica and they produced a lot of roots reggae in the 70s and 80s. Then in Jamaica in the 80s they started to develop digital dancehall riddims and "slackness" lyrics  which fast became popular. At the same time in Uk, Jah Shaka (Zulu Warrior) , kept on promoting the roots , with his more orthodox rastafarian message. So now there's more roots reggae music produced in Europe and Uk and France and countries like this than in Jamaica. Reggae music has grow a lot in Europe, for example France is one of the biggest countries where they play also a lot of reggae on the radio and everybody listen to it. Reggae it's a much bigger thing there. But little by little it is also growing in Finland and during these ten years it has been nice to see this growth and how it evolves .

-Let's talk about the 10" vinyl record celebrating the 10th anniversary of Tulitauko Sound on the  Ceasefire Sound label, produced together with Micho Dread from Studiored. Inside we can find two amazing songs: Leave Babylon by Ranking Joe and Never Expected by Kenny Knots. Would you like to tell us something about the collaboration with Ranking Joe and Kenny Knots ?
 
During the time we have been running the sound system, we have been bringing   sounds and singers to Finland for shows and everytime we also try to go to the studio and record dubplates which are special tunes made for the sound system and not meant for release but only to play on the sound as unique material .  Kenny Knots is a singer that we've been bringing to Finland a few times and on the last visit, we made a real tune with him and same it was with Ranking Joe.  The riddim is a classical riddim which is played by a band from Helsinki, Suhinators and mixed by Micho dread.The recordig happened  already more than five years ago so it has been laying ready to come out for some time. When Tulitauko  turned ten years we thought that we have to get it out finally so we made a push and now we got it out so and we are very happy about that. We made five hundred copies of the record and the first 150 went straight to the Uk record shop and before we even had our own here in Finland they had them already sold out in the shops so that was nice.

-What's in the future of Tulitauko Sound ? 
 
We want to make more sessions and build more boxes and keep on promoting reggae, roots and culture music . With the sound system it's a struggle to find a place where we can run the sound. It's not easy everytime , because if you go to the clubs it's really expensive and usually they wonder why you bring your own sound there since they already have a sound. So finding a place or venue where we can run the sound it is a struggle that we all the time are trying to solve. There were good underground places in Helsinki but many have been taken down and now there are not so many of them places  left and that is a struggle too, but  we want to grow up the sound and  release also more records under Ceasefire Sound label.

-Where does our listeners\readers can follow you (social networks, websites) and where they can listen\buy your unique sound ?
 
You can find us on Fb and instagram.


 Thank you so much Fred for taking your time for this interview. It has been really interesting talking with you and learning more about Tulitauko Sound. We're really looking forward to come to one of your sessions now !
Flavia M

domenica 21 agosto 2016

Addis Pablo interview !!!

Greetings to you all dear RQL106 friends ! How are you today ? Here everything is more than fine, an exciting new week is about starting and I can't wait to see what it holds for us. Today I have the great honor to host one very talented and humble young man, Addis Pablo, son of the late legendary Augustus Pablo. I had the great joy to see him live in Stockholm, sharing the stage with Julian Marley, an amazing experience for everyone there. But here you go lovely friends ....


Greetings Addis, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?

  Yes I am Addis Swaby son of Horace Swaby AKA Augustus Pablo I play the melodica produce and perform.

You're an amazing melodica player. When did you start playing ? Since your father was such a great musician, was it natural for you to follow his footsteps ?

I Started playing around the age 15 or 16 seriously, now am 27 so yea it was natural in the sense I have a love for the sound of my father, it rased and created me, so its like the soundtrack to my life so in that sense it was already there, but to learn how to play these music and eventually create happened through lots of practice and rehearsals with people like Earl Chinna Smith and Inna Di yard i was also part of a band in New Jersey USA for some years around the age 17 or 18 

Would you like to tell us something more about your father ? Everybody knows his music, but how was him ?
  Yes. He was a very strong and loving father , he was the greatest and is the greatest father i could have had; he was helpful to people and gave all he could both as a musician and person. He was in simple terms a one of a kind, kind of person in every sense. However the easiest way to express who he was is through his music cause it was a reflection of who he was. 


Can you play other instruments beside melodica ?

Yes, I play keyboards although it's the same type of instruments.

Would you like to tell us something about your creative process ? Where does  your music come from ?
It's inspiration from the most HIGH RASTAFARI who has created all sounds and melodies as well as the ability to interpret these frequencies into what we call music, like  Niyabinghi Drums playing  the heartbeat which is  a part of every living being. So i take my inspiration from creation and the Most High our Creator Haile Selassie which catalyzed all of the movements of Rastafari in all aspects of livity.

Tell us something about your debut album '' In my father's house ''
It's a presentation of the sounds and vibes i had been feeling and expressing at the time such as road to addis walls of jericho featuring legends like Earl 16 Prince Allah and Sylford Walker
it was a production out of Netherlands with Jah Solid Rock

What about Suns of Dub ? Would you like to talk about this project ?
 
Suns of Dub is a production platform and performing entity, we also release music as a label and do dub mixing to name a few. It's a project created by Ras Jammy and my self over 6 years ago in Kingston Jamaica. We met while we was attending uni in Jamaica since then we have released numerous projects including

 For The love of Jah
13 months in  Zion
Selassie Souljahz in Dub
Major Lazer and Walshy Fire present Suns of Dub
Mighty Crown x Suns of Dub the Far East Mixtape
The FarEast Dub LP  

We had the great pleasure to see you live in Stockholm during the Julian Marley concert. It has been such an intense moment for everybody in the audience. How was it for you ?Was it the first time you were sharing the stage with him ?
Yes i, it was a intense moment for me as well. It was the first time sharing a stage however we have been in contact for some time and worked on a track for his up and coming album which we performed on the said show.  


Which are your plans for the future ?
I am preparing my Second LP 'Creation Sounds ' which will feature a mix of my original production live as well as some of my fathers original tracks like Java East of the River Nile . Piperz of Zion and Day before the Riot   

Where can our listeners and readers follow you ( social media, web-sites ... ) and where they can buy your music ?
   
 I am on Facebook and instagram as Addis Pablo as well my music is on Itunes as well as on vinyl

 Addis on stage in Stockholm

Thank you so much Addis for this interview. It has been so lovely, after seeing you live, to get to know you better. I wish you all the best for your projects and blessings and peace and love in your life.
Flavia M

lunedì 15 agosto 2016

Saltbodan Radio 2016

Hi family and friends ! How was your weekend ? Ours was incredible, new and old friends visiting, new connections, new projects, life flows at full speed here at RQL. But surely one of the highlight of our fantastic weekend was the Saltbodan Radio, here at Laivasilta in Loviisa town. We broadcasted it live and sure enough it was great. We were all there, including our youngest helper James. The heavy rain of the day forced to move the event indoor, but it didn't change at all the usual good vibes and music. As always several DJs played different kind of music, from funky to hip-hop, but of course for us it was especially exciting the performance of the special guest JahVice, with whom we had a really interesting interview a few hours before ( the interview will be broadcasted next sunday, more details in the following days ). As always the last Saltbodan of the year it's bittersweet moment, since vibes are at their highest, but you know that it means the summer is coming to an end and we will have to wait one year before the next one. But sure it's worth waiting. So thank you to Fred Owren, for giving us the chance to be part of this event, thank you to Fred himself, Pata and Ruby, and of course JahVice for the great music and the fun provided and see you all next year !!!