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
Originally issued as two separate album releases this 2CD remastered edition collects up 28 Augustus Pablo classics from the golden age of Rockers. Melodica masterpieces, deep dubs and classic vocal sides from the likes of Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado, Earl Sixteen and more all built on Augustus Pablo signature rock solid drum and bass foundations. Also featuring for the first time 7″ vinyl release for this scorching ’79 reggae classic from Junior Delgado ‘Away With You Fussing And Fighting,’ produced by Augustus Pablo. Download the album now.
“Give thanks for I & I Father Haile Selassie I for the inspiration for all melodies, which I & I play for His children all over His creation. Selah” – Augustus Pablo
Roots Musician Records is celebrating the release of E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm”, available on all digital outlets on NOVEMBER 18TH!
E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm,” will give listeners a taste of his upcoming sophomore album, ‘Live Love Stay Up.’ The single includes an original, acoustic and dub version and the album will follow suit. Each version stands on its own and highlights a different strength within Young’s wealth of talent as both an artist and producer. His vast knowledge of reggae’s Jamaican roots is demonstrated by the song’s upbeat rhythm section and dub inspired delays. An uplifting message of hope is expressed by the song’s lyrics and strengthened by the reassuring tone of his calm voice. Intricate layers of sustained electric piano, pulsing bubble organ and percussive synth are accented perfectly by Young’s signature melodica and will only help to solidify his standing as one of reggae’s most sought after producers.
Check out the JUST RELEASED music video for “Eye of the Storm” below!
Also a member of Tribal Seeds, E.N Young’s keyboard and studio skills are featured on the band’s new album, ‘Representing’. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes, Amazon and Billboard Reggae Album Charts and won Best World Music Album at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.