Boss Mama Michelle Miller aka DJ RunDat, guests on Reggae Lover. DJ RunDat is known for her gift to inspire others to fulfill their dreams while fulfilling her own. In 2019, she became the best selling author of, “How to start a DJ business,” launched her first digital course, an online show, and a mentorship business.
Topics discussed included:
Her roots in Humbolt County, CA., home of the Reggae on the River festival.
How she has grown her DJ hobby into a very profitable business.
Becoming a best-selling author.
The online show, “Queens on Decks,” where she interviews female DJs from around the world.
Her Facebook group, “Female DJs” where DJs network and support each other.
Is Afrobeat replacing Dancehall?
Support for and connection with Jamaican reggae music in California.
The absence of “Reggae On The River” and “Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2019.”
Speaking at the Mobile Beat DJ Convention in Las Vegas 2020.
Balancing family life and being a mother with her career.
Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.
Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.
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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.
The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.
Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.
Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento