Monthly Archives: December 2011
Artist name: GENERAL DEGREE aka “SNAPPLE DAPPLE”
Birth name: CARDIFF BUTT
How long have you been making music? OVER 15 YEARS
Who inspires you? PROFFESOR NUTS, SUPER CAT, LT. STICHIE, PAPA SAN
What influences you? GOOD SONGS FROM OTHER ARTIST, AND WHEN I HEAR A BOOM RIDDIM, MI EARS COCK UP!!!!
What’s the decision behind your image and stage name? GOT THE NAME “GENERAL” FROM GENERAL TREES, AND FOR THE IMAGE, JUST BEING ME…….
What can we look forward to in 2012? NEW MUSIC, A NEW ALBUM TITLED “SNAPPLE DAPPLE”
What provides the passion for what you are doing? THE LOVE LOVE FROM THE FANS
Most memorable musical moment to date? WAS WHEN I PERFORMED IN JAPAN A FEW YEARS AGO AND A FESTIVAL I DID IN ITALY
Advice to any up coming artists? STAY FOCUS, BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, RESPECT THE ELDERS
What do you think the music industry needs? GOOD PRODUCERS / PROMOTERS / TALENTED ARTIST, WITH THE LOVE FOR MUSIC NOT MONEY
What personal musical goals do you have ? TO TAKE REGGAE/ DANCEHALL AS FAR AS I CAN TAKE IT
Are you musically trained ? NOT REALLY, I HAVE A GOOD EAR THO
Who is your favourite artist and why? TO BE HONEST I DONT HAVE A FAVOURITE ARTIST, I APPRECIATE ALL GOOD MUSIC FROM ANY GENRE OF MUSIC, SOCA, DANCEHALL, REGGAE, COUNTRY MUSIC, LATIN, POP, HIP HOP, R&B ETC.
who is your favourite sound and why? DONT HAVE A FAVOURITE, EVERYONE PLAYS A IMPORTANT ROLL
Where would you most like to perform ? EUROPE
Who would you most like to do a track with ? ANY GOOD, TALENTED ARTIST WHO DOES POSITIVE MUSIC
Personal preference section :
How do you prefer your egg ? fried boiled scrambled – BOILED
How do you prefer your dumplings ? boiled or fried – FRIED
How do you prefer your plaintain ? boiled or fried – GREEN PLATAIN FRIED, YUM! YUM!
Favourite colour ? BLUE
Favourite car ? AS LONG AS I’M MOVING FROM POINT (A) TO POINT (B)
Favourite football team ? WOW! HONESTLY I HARDLY FOLLOW FOOTBALL BUT I WOULD SAY, CHELSEA / MANCHESTER UNITED
♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫ Anthony Francis aka Mini Muscle ♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫
When asked how did all start? The once upon a time bit 😉
Family member of the legendary England Sound SAXON established in 1976. His brother then aged 13 and Curtis Henry started to play for family events under a different name for a year called ‘Imperial Rockers’ (a lovers rock sound), before the legendary name of Saxon was born. In those days there were not even pirate radio stations it was all word of mouth with details, of a house party, hall, a centre etc Saxon would play in a park known as Skate Land where now Millwall football ground is located. A free event to 2000 – 3000 people! Every Sunday! With no problems! Just sounds and skating.
The Saxon family name or ‘Army’ as Mini Muscle likes to refer to them are Muscle Head, Trevor Sax, Mikey Bubbs, Dennis Wroe, alongside Djs/singers Levi Tippa, Colonel, Sandy, Rusty, Roger Robin, plus many others
Main influences of Saxon Sound were sounds like Jah Shaka, but for Mini Muscle who was 7 years old when he joined was inspired by sounds like Stone Love for their unique and creative style of juggling. Plus all the original Killamanjaro Crew, Germely, Ainsley, Supercat, Early B etc
One of the earliest memories of Saxon’s parties was a dance called DJ Explosion in Riverdale hall in 1981 with artists like Peter King, Smiley Culture, Asha Senator, Stout, Water House, Dezey Kojak, Lesley Lyrics, Dirty Dez, and a stage show event
When asked what has been the Low Points: Going on a boat of Greenwich peer come back and find the van with all the sound equipment had been stolen this was 3 years after setting up. It did not obviously stop determined Saxon from reaching their goal
When asked what have been the high points? The two dances that were not to be missed were 1. Saxon and Third World New York and 2. Saxon and Body Guard, Coxone, Rolex Express the FIRST EVER WORLD CLASH
♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫ I then asked random questions in Lil D style ♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫
Who’s the most memorable person you have ever met? – Mohammad Ali
Who would you most like to meet? – Bob Marley
How has the Reggae industry changed over the years – he laughs
Any advice for upcoming sounds? – Try to do something different, have your own style too many bedroom downloading djs, no vibes no crew, no togetherness
What your favourite saying/catchphrase – NO SOUND TEST!
The saying that annoys you the most? – YO
♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫ PERSONAL PRERENCE SECTION♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫
Favourite Artist – Dennis Brown
Favourite Sound? – Saxon
Favourite Dubplate? – The winner by Derrick Harriet
Proudest moment? – Getting the world cup in 1994
Favourite fast Food? – Chinese
Fried or boiled dumplings? –Boiled
Favourite way to cook egg? – Scrambled .. But firm he adds LOL
Hobbies – Making music, family, football, art
Favourite football team – Liverpool
Favourite films – Scarface, Godfather old gangster stuff
Future plans – More music, more live artists next to the sound not just in studio
I have had the pleasure of hearing many Saxon stories and felt it was important to help showcase this UK sound history this is why I choose to record and write this interview back in 2006 … a few weeks ago 2011 I called Mini Muscle to see how they are what’s new as predicted the sound are still very busy ( standard ) and informed that Saxon are currently cataloging their successful history ( info /event history/ mixtapes ) and these should be available to the public soon.
I would also like to also thank Mini Muscle and SAXON as they have been a great support to KING ERRUPTION and many LAVASPLASH events and have always stayed true to the music providing great advice and knowledge. True LEGENDS IN THE BUSINESS.
♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫ If you would like to be interviewed please contact LIL D ♫☆｡•*¨*•｡☆♫