The California reggae scene has been thriving for some time now and vocalist/producer, E.N. Young, formerly of Tribal Seeds, has played a significant role in this success. This classically trained pianist who now plays several instruments including the Melodica fell in love with Jamaican music as a youth in San Diego. He talks candidly about his journey as I sought to learn more about the movement he is pushing in the name of reggae. By the end of our conversation, I definitely saw E.N as an authentic reggae ambassador.
Topics covered In this episode:
1:35 – 2019 Summer Daze Endless Nights Tour
2:21 – 4th studio album, Forest Wilderness released in 2018
3:57 – Working with Kelissa from Jamaica
5:45 – Collabs on the latest album (Half Pint, Peetah Morgan, Inna Vision, Meta and the Cornerstones)
6:56 – Love for playing the Melodica and linking with Addis Pablo
9:33 – Production and instrumentation from Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego
15:25 – Gaining inspiration as a teen (especially spiritual influence) from 70’s reggae
20:10 – Resistance from family members and society in general for embracing reggae culture
Rising reggae star Lila Iké is our special guest for the 150th episode of Reggae Lover.
Podcast: Lila Iké – Reggae Lover podcast.
Often highlighted on this platform for being part of the resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, it was a pleasure to discuss the state of the culture with Lila. The talented Manchester native shared her story with us in an amazing interview.
During the interview we touched on:
Lila’s new single “Where I’m Coming From”
Childhood and the Influence of her mom
Move to Kingston and linkage with Protoje
Learning the business of music
Working with Protoje
Love of sound system culture and creating dubplates.
A special edition of Reggae Lover is now being broadcasted live on Nice Up Radio every Monday from noon to 1 pm PT. Check out NiceUpRadio.com or download the free Nice Up Radio mobile app from the iTunes Store or Google Play.