An interview with Kara Conway (singer, songwriter)

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After a long break I’m back with a brand new interview. I talk to Kara Conway – a young, beautiful and incredibly talented singer and songwriter from Scotland. She does not only record awesome covers of greatest hits by famous artists, like Amy Macdonald, Birdy, Bruce Springsteen or Adele, but also writes and sings her own songs. We talk about her inspirations, her favourite music, writing lyrics and unforgettable concerts. Kara will also share with you some ways to keep both your body and soul warm during winter. Check this promising artist because she definitely deserves more attention. I’m sure we’ll soon have a chance to hear about her more often.

The Christmas time is over, but here, in Poland, we traditionally sing Christmas carols till the beginning of February, so let me go back to Christmas for a moment. Do you have your favourite Christmas carols or Christmas songs? Do you sing any?

Ah, in the UK it’s the opposite; Christmas songs start playing right after Halloween and stop soon after Christmas day! My favourite Christmas songs are “Walking in the Air” and “Fairytale of New York”, though I used to sing in choirs so I know my fair share of carols!

We’re talking at the beginning of the New Year. Did you make any resolutions when the clock struck twelve and 2018 began? Could you share any of them with the readers?

I didn’t – I don’t really do the whole “New Year, New Me” thing!

And what about 2017? Were there any moments in music, any outstanding songs, albums or performances that will stay in your memory for long? Did you discover any interesting artists last year?

The album I listened to most was Lorde’s Melodrama! I also got to see a couple of my favourite artists live! Interesting artists … Kathryn Joseph and Jade Bird.

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It’s my little tradition to ask artists about their beginnings. It may be a little difficult question, but maybe you’ll manage to find the answer in your memory: who was the first artist that impressed you when you were a little girl? What was your first favourite song back then?

I loved The Sound of Music so anything Julie Andrews!

And what about now? What are you mostly listening to? Which artists are the most often guests on your playlists?

Most often on my playlist would have to be: Graham Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Amy MacDonald and Gabrielle Aplin.

Do you remember the very beginning of your musical journey? When was the first time you thought you would like to sing and make music?

I’ve played piano since I was little, but it wasn’t until I went to high school that I really got into music. While I was there I had two great music teachers that were really encouraging about the singing.

You sing, but you also play the guitar. Do you remember the first piece of music you learnt to play on your guitar? When was that?

It was Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and that was two and a half years ago!

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And what was your first ‘bigger‘ performance like? A concert at school? A performance for your family or friends? Or maybe something completely different?

It was probably doing a solo performance at the school’s Christmas concert!

I remember that Birdy, one of the artists you cover, once sang some of her songs at Amsterdam Central Station, surprising the passengers waiting there for their trains. I was lucky enough to catch the final part of it and watch it live on Facebook. Have you ever sung in any unusual places or situations? Or maybe you have taken part in some unusual concert as a listener?

The most unusual concert I’ve been to was a Tommy Emmanuel one because we were watching him play guitar for a couple of hours – which you would think might get a bit much after a while – but he was just doing the most incredible things! It was amazing!

You’ve already covered several great songs, including “Wings” by Birdy, Amy Macdonald’s “This is the Life”or Bruce Springsteen’s classic “I’m on Fire”. When I listened to all of them one by one, I realized how diverse your choice was and how wide a palette of vocal possibilities you have. Which of the song you’ve covered so far has given you most pleasure, most satisfaction?

At the time they’ve all given me a sense of accomplishment. Some of the songs I had really liked and wanted to learn for myself, others I hadn’t been sure of but had been asked to do and ended up really liking them!

And what is on the top of your “must-sing” list as far as the future covers go?

Definitely some Amy Winehouse!

We’ve talked about your cover versions of famous hits. Let’s move on to your original songs. You’re not only a singer, but also a songwriter. What or who inspires you to write lyrics?

I’m inspired by things that have happened to me as well as people watching!

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Could you share some of your writing process secrets with the readers and tell us in a few words the stories of the lyrics to “Dreamers in Disguise” and “Bitter”?

One was written on piano and the other on guitar! “Dreamers in Disguise” is about a couple of different things and “Bitter” is about someone I was frustrated with!

In both of your original songs available on YouTube there’s quite a lot of sadness and contemplative atmosphere, I would say (although, of course, I find also other emotional shades there). Is it the kind of mood you would like to stick to in your music, or are you planning to try also something completely different?

I think that was the right mood for those songs, but I don’t restrict myself to that.

By the way, can we count on your next original song any time soon?

Yes, there’s one going up very very soon!

Amy Macdonald, one of the artists you’re covering (and one of my favourite artists, too), won the hearts of the listeners all over the world when she was about 20. When you think of young Scottish singers, who would you say can be the next such a star? Of course I wish you to be one in the near future J But what about other young Scottish talents worth noticing?

Check out Sara ‘N’ Junbug!

Some of your fans wrote in the comments on FB that you should go to “X-Factor”. Have you thought about starting in this, or any similar, talent show? What do you think about such TV shows in general? Can they give young artists a chance to get some more recognition?

I’ve auditioned for “The Voice” before and didn’t get through, but it’s not something I had set all my hopes on – I think you have to be realistic about those sorts of shows. But yeah, there are a small number of people who have gone on to achieve great success from them.

If you were to imagine your inner musical world as a magical land, what would it look like? What would a traveller to such a land see while visiting it?

Lots of glitter!

And, in one sentence, what is music for you? 

Fun.

Apart from music, what do you love or like doing? What are your hobbies, passions? What do you do when you have some free time?

I love running and spin classes!

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Coming to an end of our interview, I’d like to ask you about something different. We’re talking during winter and in some parts of the world this particular winter is really harsh. What’s your way to stay warm and healthy during winter’s freezing cold?

Warm cadies and hot water bottles!

That’s something for the body. What about the spirit? Which song (or songs) would you recommend to keep our hearts warm during wintry days?

I only discovered this recently, but Hannah Grace’s cover of “Praise You”!

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Thank you very much for this “remote talk”. I hope more people will get to know about you and your music and I’ll be definitely looking forward for your new original songs and covers 🙂

Check Kara Conway’s YouTube channel and like her Facebook page:

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I used screenshots from Kara Conway’s YouTube clips and photos from Kara’s private archives – for which, and a chance to make this interview I’m really grateful – thank you so much, Kara 🙂

by Łukasz Garbol, January 2018

An interview with Lorhana Amaral

A TV journalist, a host of entertainment shows and music events, an actress and a blogger. She likes skateboarding and riding rollerblades. She loves art. She supports charities, but at the same time would really love to play a villain in a Brazilian soap opera. Straight from Rio de Janeiro – Lorhana Amaral. We talk not only about her career, but also about Brazilian music, telenovelas and the upcoming Olympic Games.

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RT: It’s summer, so let me ask you about working for TV in the summer. Have you ever had any surprises, funny situations happening outside when you were making summer TV shows? 

Lorhana Amaral: Yes, when I make an interview with someone, different situations happen. For example, I once went to interview a tourist in São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, and suddenly there came a family from Bahia and began to dance axé behind my interlocutor, making din and jumping. It was very funny, so I burst into a fit of laughter and my interview was over!

Talking about summer, what are the summer music hits in Brazil this summer? What kind of music are Brazilians listening to?

Here, in Brazil, I work as a host of shows and big events, and from what I’ve seen in 2016, the main hits are deephouse, electronica, axe, backlands music, fitdance, funk and forro. But the other hits such as pop, rock and samba songs are classics that we always listen to on a daily basis.

Do you remember the first TV show you hosted? What was it? How did you feel?

I’ve participated in several television shows as an actress, model and reporter. Now, as a host, the first time I made a formal presentation was a show with a singer Fagner, a star of the great classics of MPB (“Brazilian pop musica”, “trend in post-bossa nova urban popular music in Brazil that revisits typical Brazilian styles, combining them with foreign influences, like elements of jazz or rock”, as Wikipedia explains – RT.) At that moment, I felt very happy, but at the same time I knew that was a huge responsibility. I was also nervous, because that was my first such an experience – sharing a stage with a star.

You make a lot of interviews. Who’s been you favourite guest so far?

Yes, I interview a lot of people. I talk to celebrities and famous stars. I’ve also made many corporate interviews, within Brazil and abroad. Now, an artist I really liked to interview was a musician and composer Carlos Colla – a composer of great classic hits of Roberto “King” Carlos.

Do you have a dream interview? If you could choose any person in the world, who would you like to talk to?

Yes, I have a dream interview. If we talk about Brazil, that would be an interview with a presenter Silvio Santos or a newscaster William Bonner. As for international interlocutors, that would be the President of the United States Barack Obama. I’d like to hit an informal, relaxed conversation, so that people could know them better, see them outside their work.

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What do Brazilian viewers like watching on TV? What are their favourite shows?

Here, in Brazil, peple enjoy watching soap operas, sitcoms, movies, entertainment shows, reality shows and cooking shows. As for the last ones, I had a chance to take part in one of them. I participated in a reality show called “Jogo de Panelas” (in English that would be ”Pots Game”) on “Mais Você” (Globo television) (the photo below).

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You’re also an actress. What are your most important roles?

Yes, I also work as an actress. I’ve done some commercials for television, I’ve worked as an actress in some plays in Rio de Janeiro, attended some TV shows on Multishow Globo and has acted in short and medium length films. However, I don’t consider myself a good actress, not really!

And what role, what character would you like to play?

I would like to be a villain in a telenovela, an athlete or a Rock’n’roll star. That would be awesome!

So, TV series or movie producers, if you’re reading this interview, you know what to do 😉 Brazilian soap operas are very popular in many countries, in Poland too. Why do you think people like them so much?

Because they portray the reality of day to day life. We, Brazilians, identify with what they show and enjoy watching them. It’s absolutely normal to follow your favourite telenovelas. In Brazil, it’s a real fever!

You support a lot of charities. Can you say a few words about it?

Yes, I work in a charity cultural production area, because I love to help others! Here, in Brazil, I’m developing a project called MUSICAL SHOW: Series Bossa Nova. This project is divided into series, and I aim at helping needy institutions such as, among others, orphanages, hospitals, cancer treatment facilities. The first project I’ve prepared, will take place on 8 – 19 September at the Municipal Theater of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’m still looking for sponsors and supporters to realize the project. Whoever is interested in supporting us, please contact me by e-mail: lorhana.empresarial@gmail.com.

And what do you like doing in your free time?

I love going to the movies, playing sports, dancing and singing. I love training at the gym all week, playin tennis at weekends, riding a skateboard and rollerblades when I have some time, too. But I also love art in general. I’m always present at art events, theater plays, fashion shows and exhibitions.

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We’re talking before the Olympic Games, so let me ask you a few questions about this celebration of sport. What are Brazilian people expecting from this event?

We have great renowned athletes, devoted to what they do, and we believe they will certainly present us with gold medals.

Are there any sportsmen and sportswomen people count on most? What are Brazilians’ medal hopes?

I can name a few: Arthur Zanetti (gymnast), Neymar (football player), Thaísa Menezes (volleyball player), Ana Marcela Cunha (swimmer), Mayra Aguiar (judoka), Bruno Fratus (swimmer), Marcus Vinicius D’Almeida (recurve archery), Eduarda “Duda” Amorim (handball player), Marcelo Melo (tennis player), Martine Grael (sailor), among others.

In Poland, Brazil is known mostly for football and volleyball. Some people know also capoeira and BJJ. What are, apart from football, the most popular sports disciplines in Brazil?

We also enjoy, surfing, tennis, basketball, horse riding, swimming, boxing, golf, handball, rugby, to mention just a few.

And who are the most popular sports stars in Brazil?

The most popular stars are, among others, Neymar (football player), tennis players Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego (both are beach volleyball players).

One of the ‘hottest’ news is the International Olympic Committee’s decision to disqualify Russian sportsmen and sportswomen using doping from the Olympic Games. What do Brazilians think about it?

We think it’s the right decision, because if the members of the Committee don’t have the right attitude and take the right decisions in accordance with the regulations of the organization, everything will turn joke, and nothing will be taken seriously, it will be a huge disrespect for other athletes who don’t use doping.

And what is your favourite sport? What will you watch during the Olympic Games?

I love playing tennis. Recently, I’ve been also trying some surfing. As for the Olympic Games, I’ll watch volleyball.

Will you have a chance to watch the Olympic Games live?

Yes, I will attend the opening of the Olympic Games and volleyball matches.

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The last question will be completely different. What are three things everyone visiting Brazil for the first time should do?

See the statue of Christ the Redeemer, go to Lapa and enjoy the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

Thank you very much for the talk.

July 2016

Useful links:

FB page https://www.facebook.com/lorhanaamaral/

FB Fan Club page https://www.facebook.com/Lorhana-Amaral-f%C3%A3-Club-295960144075625/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lorhanaamaral/

Twitter https://twitter.com/lorhanaamaral1

YouTube: Lorhana UP! https://youtu.be/PrdYC5n3qqU

Blog: https://lorhanaamaral.wordpress.com/

In Portuguese :

The show with a singer Fagner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vp7iJJNV7w

An interview with Carlos Colla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2WMyefYOiI

Lorhana Amaral in “Jogo de Panelas”:

http://gshow.globo.com/programas/mais-voce/videos/t/para-assinantes/v/mais-voce-programa-de-sexta-feira-10062016-na-integra/5084272/

http://gshow.globo.com/Bastidores/noticia/2016/06/jogo-de-panelas-19-participantes-repercutem-final-do-reality-do-mais-voce-e-se-alfinetam.html

Photos from Lorhana Amaral’s FB page.

Recommended – Damian SyjonFam

I asked Damian SyjonFam (on the photo below) to recommend a few songs for people who would like to start listening to reggae music. Here are his recommendations:

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*Protoje “Kingston Be Wise” https://youtu.be/FFA5e_1Mrvo

*Bamboo Station “Bird’s Eye View” https://youtu.be/cG98TdL4Eg0

*Stephen Marley “Made in Africa” https://youtu.be/dkerRz1adDU

An interview with Damian SyjonFam

The album of the band ComeYah that he was a singer of, sold out in a few months. The band very quickly gained respect and stole the hearts of the listeners. His debut solo album “Wracam do domu” („I’m going back home”) was also well-received. “Music coming from the heart… Music that lets us move to another world”, “Great music, it’s moved my heart”, I haven’t heard such a positive song for a long time”, “Oh, this music sets my mind at rest… and this voice”, “This song makes me so full of joy that every time I hear it, I dance. This is my dance of freedom”, “This song is very catchy. In a moment my neighbours will come, cause I make them listen to one song all day long” – these are just some of the many enthusiastic comments that can be found below the music video to the song “Powstanie” („There will appear”) that has already been watched on YouTube more than 900 000 times. Despite his success and rising popularity of his music, Damian has remained himself – a sincere, true and friendly man. Here comes my next guest in the cycle “Remote Talk” – Damian SyjonFam.

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What was the first thing you wrote? Lyrics or maybe something different, for example a poem?

That was a song, „Chłopek” („Fellow”). I sang a song with the same lyrics later, with ComeYah, but at that time the title was “Cud Prawdziwy” (“A True Wonder”).

Do you remember the first piece of music you were able to play on the guitar?

I think that was some scout song, but I don’t remember what exactly it was, something saying that we are all one family :).

And what about the first concert in front of a bigger audience (not necessarily a professional concert)?

Once, I played the tenor flute accompanying Marek Dyjak. Those were my first experiences of being on stage. I had to cross my legs to hide the fact that they were shaking from fear :).

In 1996 you the band Natura invited you to join their team. How do you remember that period of your career?

I experienced making and playing reggae music with the people who were one of my favourite Polish reggae bands at that time. Playing together with them, talking to them and, in general, spendind time in such a company – all that was an invaluable experience and a great pleasure.

Do you have your favourite song from the time of playing with Natura?

Ragavardan was to be the vocalist on the album “Wielki Haj” („Big Kick”), like he was on the first album. Unfortunately, there was some misunderstanding during the recording session and he left the band. My favourite song from that album is “Modlitwa” („Prayer”). I would love to hear it sung by Ragavardan.

Do you remember the first Polish reggae song that really impressed you?

That was the time of my life when the wave bringing Daab, Izrael, Bakshish and Natura reached me. I definitely had played and sung before I took up Daab’s philosophy of singing. One of my favourite songs was “Nienazwane barwy” („Nameless colours”) by Daab.

I’ve read on your page that when you were working in London, you met a lot of people from different countries. Did you have the impression that there was a country people from wich are especially close to our hearts, to the hearts of Polish people?

I see it in a different way. I met some people who, because of the kind of personality they had, repelled others, but I also met other people of the same nationality who were like a family to me. In a long-established English company I met an Englishman who wanted to dismiss me because I was Polish – that was the only reason. A few other Englishmen from the same company threw their weight behind me. Later, we even spent Christmas together, in a family atmosphere. I had the same experience with Chinese, Lithuanian or Irish people. Basing your opinion on the preconceived behaviour patterns is very often disastrous. It also closes the access to many valuable relationships, and there are so many wonderful people in the world – in every corner of the world.

By the way, why are Jamaican people and their music so close to the hearts of Polish people?

Reggae is a kind of music made by ordinary people for ordinary people, not for the elites or connoisseurs. This music is very close to the rhythm of the heart and close to nature. Besides, in reggae, there is a lot of love and the defiance against everything that makes human life anguish. It’s the kind of music that gives you joy and shares your sorrow. This is the reason why it’s so close to our hearts, and to the hearts of people from all over the world.

Could you say a few words about the band Akapela, about the material recorderd with them and the concerts from that time? Who were the members of that band?

That was music created in the underground and it remained there. That project never fully blossomed, but what we managed to do back then was really cool. At that time, the song “Przewiń do początku” („Rewind to the beginning”) was created. Later on, after making some little changes in it, we played it with ComeYah.

Do you keep in touch with those people – from Natura or Akapela? Are they still doing anything connected with music?

As for Natura – Bhakti who played the bass in the band is now a sound engineer working with Kamil Bednarek, Prema who played the trumpet is now a bassist in a band Na Tak, Ragavardan, the first vocalist, lives in USA and you can hear his voice in the song „Kto tu zostanie” (“Who stays here”). I am also in contact with Mahavaraha. We see each other from time to time. As far as Akapela goes, I often see Łukasz Knap and, less often, I meet Maciek Duda. I grew up with Maciek and we shared the same playground. Unfortunately, I don’t know if they are doing anything connected with music at the moment.

Let’s come back to the time when you were starting to make music. Was there any strong team of Jamaican sounds lovers in Świdnik?

There were already people who drew me to this music. Before I even knew that there were artists like Bob Marley or Burning Spear, they had already been avidly listening to their music. I’m really thankful to them for sharing their CDs with me. The album “H.I.M” of Burning Spear or a concert album of The Third World – that music was a great discovery for me and a starting point for my long quest.

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On your blog, you once mentioned that a long time ago you thought that the descriptions in books (in fiction) are unnecessary parts. Were there any books that you gave up reading, you didn’t manage to reach the end “thanks to” the descriptions?

I don’t even try to remember such books :).

While listening to your songs it’s easy to see that real life stories inspire you. Did it ever happen that something you read – a book ar an article in a newspaper – inspired you to write a song?While listening to your songs it’s easy to see that real life stories inspire you. Did it ever happen that something you read – a book ar an article in a newspaper – inspired you to write a song?

Polish lnaguage is very rich in words and reading books is a visit to the land of words. Every time you visit this land you can get something new out of it. However, once a story that my wife told me, a story about a squat in Warsaw she saw in the programme by Sekielski, inspired me to write the lyrics to the song “Syrena” (“Siren”).

Make your mind be like fertile soil
What helps you to „fertilize” your mind in everyday life?

I’m very sensitive to falsehood, but I remember not to close my mind to different ways of thinking. I listen, even if your opinion is different from mine because it often gives me an additional point of view at the particular situation, and then it creates a more detailed picture of the whole of it. Let’s learn from one another and from everything that surrounds us. This planet is beautiful as are its inhabitants. There are many experiences waiting for us, let’s not waste this chance by closing ourselves in our tight cages of the mind. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

Maybe that was God who sent the angel ahead of me. / The angel will help me when I can’t manage by myself

Good people often appear in your lyrics. In everyday life we sometimes describe good people as „angels”. Have you ever experienced a moment when suddenly and unexpectedly such an “angel” appeared on your way? Any situation that is humanly unexplainable?

Things that happen to you are very often your desires that come true. The less fear and concern and the more faith and certainty that Someone is watching over us – God that we trust, some Good Omnipotent Power, the better things will get. Those who I call angels are often ordinary people unaware of how much they can give to others, sometimes by ordinary gestures. The energy moves around and goes into people. It’s a Good Thought that triggers actions. The actions of one person influence another person and this way the energy travels around on and on. Angels exist, good people are among us. I’ve never doubted that. Once, when I was a teenager, I went hitchhiking to Portugal. I travelled without a tent, without any food. I had just one hundred dollars, a few friends and strong belief in people J I spent a month at the Rainbow Festival.I managed to get there and to come back home safe and sound. That was a beautiful adventure. Now, when I think about it, I know that back then the Lord was watching over me all the time – that was why I met people of a certain kind and certain events happened en route.

Never will Babilon see my tears, / Never will it know how it is inside of there.

We are both from Świdnik and when I was listening to this song, a reflection came to my mind. In July 1980 a strike broke out in Świdnik that started big changes in Poland and, later on, in Europe. During the time of the martial law so-called Świdnik Walks took place here. A short explanation for those who haven’t heard about that: when the main TV news started people put their TVs in the windows and went out for a walk, walking down the main street of the town to protest against the lies of the propaganda present in the communist TV. Those people didn’t want Babilon to see their tears or, to qoute another song from your album, „raised their voices” when the others were harmed. Nowadays, those events have been in a sense appropriated by a small group of people including politicians. Ordinary people who took part in those events don’t want to speak about what they did. They think, “How did all that help me? It didn’t” while the events that I’ve mentioned are something we can be proud of. Why do you think it’s happening? How do you see our future? Can we be optimists and repeat after the band Midnite “dem can’t conquer our genealogy”? Or will that events fall into oblivion?

It would be good to learn the art of looking at the past as something that could motivate us to take some positive actions in the future. Me and you influence the present and the future and we’re aware that our lives were influenced by the actions our predecessors had the courage to take. Our future will be the same as we are, the same as our children are. „As long as we live…” there is still hope.

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In the interview for Weekend FM you mentioned that you hoped that listening to your songs people would realize that they were not alone, that there was someone who shared their way of thinking about certain matters. Do you have any visible proofs that something like that is happening, for example when you talk to people after concerts or when you read messages from your fans?

Yes. There’s really a lot of it. My belief in people gets confirmed. I didn’t have any specific expectations, I just wanted to share what I felt with others. I expected that someone could think about certain things in a similar way, but seeing how big this wave is fills me with belief that at the end of the day the world will finally choose the right path.

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Apart from rare exceptions, radio stations don’t usually play reggae songs. Reggae music, like rap music, makes people think, it asks questions that aren’t necessarily the ones that those ruling the media would like to hear. Can it be one of the reasons why the biggest stations don’t play too much reggae? Is it better for them to “breed“ obedient, unthinking listeners?

I think so. We aren’t very demanding and we underrate the importance of our decisions. Maybe the reason is the lack of time for searching for something true and sincere. If we speak about a few biggest commercial radio stations, then it’s true – there’s no choice. But we live in the times of the Internet. You can find there a lot of music that has some message, music that’s sincere and enriches your life. We shouldn’t give up and just let it go. If a certain station doesn’t fit your musical taste, change the station. Listen to what you like, not to what you have to listen to.

Since our last interview a lot has happened in your life. One of the most interesting events was probably playing the concert as a support before Mellow Mood and a visit to the concert of Gentleman – this time you were a listener. Did you have a chance to talk, at least for a moment, to those people? If you did, how was it?

I met one of the twins from Mellow Mood. It was a very positive experience. They even offered me a chance to appear on stage if I got carried away J I also met a very nice guy called Droop Lion. He’s now the vocalist of The Gladiators. He’s a typical Rasta, he likes to philosophise and he has a lot of interesting thins to say.

And what about the festival in Ostróda? Did you make any new “musical” friends there?

The best thing about Ostróda was the chance to meet the people I had been in touch with via e-mail or through someone else, people like Ras Luta, Pablopavo or my publisher Melon. I also met K-Jah, who made music to a few songs on my album, and a few people I had heard a lot about in the past, like Jarek Hejenkowski or Silver Dread. A lot of very nice memories are connected with Ostróda.

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At the end, let’s talk for a moment about the music videos promoting your album. The first video was the clip to „Powstanie”. Where did you film it? Who was responsible for making the video? And, what is it like to play in a video directed by your wife?

We filmed it in different locations in Nowy Sącz, among others in the heritage park and the stud Jankowa. ProWizja Studio, a team from Nowy Sącz, did all the filming and eiditing, while my wife Magda was responsible for the script and directed the video. The best thing that can happen to you is to be surrounded by people who are in the right place and know what they do. That was the case with ProWizja, and that was, and is, the case with my wife. What I hold very dear in her is that she doesn’t accept half measures. If she realizes that something can be done – in this case something can be filmed better, she won’t let it go until her vision is accomplished. Then, how close the cameramen manage to come to this vision depends on how good their skills are. Later we have the result of that work – 800 000 views on YouTube in five months!

One of the most important characters in this music video is a horse. Did anything unexpected or funny happen during the filming because a horse played in the clip?

The horse in the music video is a symbol of freedom, and Badger really had a feel for the role. Filming the scene in which he stands on his hind legs wasn’t easy because just after doing it he went to a crazy, uncontrollled gallop :). The only thing that helped the crew to make him go into some specific direction, so that it was possible to catch him and retake the scene, was the view of two attractive mares standing nearby :).

The second music video – to to the song „Wracam do domu” – was made in cooperation with XVisuals, the studio that some people may remember from the music video to “Na Wschód” by ComeYah. It’s easy to see that a lot of awesome people with different talents and hobbies appeared on the set. Where did you find them?

Yes. The cooperation with XVisuals is a different story because in that case the shooting was spread out for more days. The most difficult and the most demanding day was the one we spent in Szczyrk. In response to the advertisement that a friend of ours showed on the local TV channel a lot of young people appeared on the set and played in the video. Besides, we were very lucky to have one of the best Polish paragliders, Paweł Faron, helping us while filming. Loads of people from Świdnik were eager to help. If there is a good idea, it’s really easy to find people help you. Again, Magda had a clear vision of how that should look. I’m very lucky for one more reason. My son Dawid feels the parts Magda writes for him and together we can strengthen our message to people even more. Having a chance to do it all together is a great power and grace.

We’re talking about your music videos. And what about you? Do you like watching videos of other artists? Do you have your favourite music video (not necessarily because you like the music, but because the video itself is special)?

One of the best Polish music videos I’ve seen is obviously the music video to the song „Tango Apaszowskie” by Projekt Warszawiak. If someone hasn’t seen it yet, I really recommend watching it. As far as foreign video clips are concerned, I often watch “Make it bun them” by Jr Gong and Skrillex.

What about the concert plans? Where will it be possible to listen to you in the nearest future?

From January we start our tour. I invite everyone to visit my page and my FB fanpage. There’s always up-to-date information.

November – December 2014

A few useful links:

Official page  http://syjonfam.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/syjonfam

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/Syjon7

SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/syjonfam

Recommended – Tamara Laurel

I asked Tamara Laurel to recommend a few “girl with the guitar”- type singers that are worth knowing. Which artists did she pick?

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Tamara Laurel: Samantha Crain is someone I’ve just discovered through my drummer Lincoln. She is so talented and has such a unique sound. I also really like Brandy Clark, First Aid Kit, country artist Kacey Musgraves.

Below you will find a few songs by the artists recommended by Tamara Laurel – something for a good start.

Sprawdźcie też:

*Brandy Clark “Stripes” https://youtu.be/plPRmANJF_w

*Samantha Crain “Somewhere all the Time” https://youtu.be/_T3wVFnwA6I