Monthly Archives: December 2011

GENERAL DEGREE AKA SNAPPLE DAPPLE INTERVIEW


Artist name: GENERAL DEGREE aka “SNAPPLE DAPPLE”

Birth name: CARDIFF BUTT

Age: YOUNG AT HEART
 
Music genre: REGGAE / DANCEHALL
  • 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
 

Where can a fan find more about you? www.facebook.com/generaldegree1 / www.twitter.com/generaldegree / www.myspace.com/generaldegree1 / www.reverbnation.com/generaldegree diswayrecords@yahoo.com

 

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
 
Any other info : BEFORE MUSIC I WAS A TAILOR, I HAVE A T-SHIRT BRAND CALLED “REHGEH” I AM THE PROMOTER FOR “MANCHESTER FIESTA” IN MANDEVILLE, MANCHESTER, JAMAICA
BIO. Squashed between an ample haggler and a crocus bag of tings, on a Kingston bound ‘country-bus’ before the morning sun had blessed the chilly parish of Manchester, the young Cardiff Butt aka- General Degree, would practice his rhyming skills. Money saved from his tailoring job tucked Into his billfold, the destination was the network of recording studios in Jamaica’s capital city and the chance to prove those skills to a record producer. “You know that the city is where everything is happening in terms of the music,” reminisces Degree.” “It’s harder for the country artistes… if a young artiste doesn’t have a vehicle, him haffi tek bus. And you have a certain time when you haffi ketch the town bus back to country in the night too. “Them ting deh mi go through and it was hard. It’s much harder for those who live in the country more than the city.” Born in Manchester on April 28, Degree often had to hide as a child from his strict Christian Parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves, It was only a few years later In his early 20’s, that Degree was hitting those same airwaves with his brilliant imitation of a grandmother in his first number one hit ‘Granny’- his first recording for Main Street producer Danny Browne. ‘Granny’ reigned in the dances and charts for one year straight, and that humorous vine has thrived throughout Degree’s career and is a component he naturally possesses. Degree’s impressive parade of number one hits continued both at home and abroad, and lends great credence to the fact that he certainly does know what he’s talking about. Tunes such as ‘GrannyBrinks, Mr do it nice, Bodyguard, Pianist, Papa Lover, When I Hold You Tonight, and countless others have had fans skanking. General Degree is also renowned for his provocative lyrics that always leave just enough up to the imagination. The little they do leave, is also plenty for them not to be certified XXX-rated. Girls crying for his ‘Pianist’ is the perfect example of a Degree double-entendre, that gets his earthy message across whilst leaving censors with nothing to do. The reason why Degree’s suggestiveness works so well is because of the pure invention of his work. It’s a trademark that ensures no two Degree tunes sound similar, even if the subject matter might be. Always vocally ambidextrous on a rhythm, his spoken voice lingers at double bass. Reflecting this, the 1998 smash “Bag A Tings” has become the blue print for an almost monotone flow that has been utilized by many deejays since. ‘Cartoon Character’, ’Traffic Blocking’, ‘Boom Boom’ among others, kept the artiste on the charts and satisfied his fans appetite for more of the ‘Bush Baby’ which happened to be the title track of the album for which he copped a Reggae Soca Award for best dancehall album. Being often described as a “consistent” DJ, Degree has entered this year with new ideas and a slew of new tracks like ‘CYAAN TEK NUH MORE’, ‘FIRE IN D PARTY’, ‘PUT IT BACK’, and ‘HAUL AND PULL’, have proven his consistency. A new album is in the works for the entertainer in 2012 titled “Snapple Dapple”, this will mark his second album on Size 8 Records. So once again the wheels are turning for yet another lyrically creative production from Degree and will be an addition to his growing catalogue. Not to be outdone by the young bloods in the business, Degree has and will continue to rank among the best, and has pledged to maintain and continue contributing to the development and success of dancehall music. …

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SAXON INTERVIEW – This is SAXON’S story by Lil D


•*¨*•☆♫ 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 ☆。•*¨*•。☆

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