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“Punk Reggae (to be released on November 20, 2020) is the first song of its nature incorporating dancehall (reggae) and punk rock, marking the beginning of a new original genre called Punk-Reggae. The song features Layabout with co-lyricist Black Pharaoh whose idea it was create the song. Music features Omar Francis on lead guitar, Jeremy Ashbourne on drums and Cleona Welsh returns with a more vocal aid, as Black Pharaoh (Odane Wilson) DJs the verses and William Price of Layabout sings the chorus, whilst playing bass guitar and rhythm guitar.” – layabout.org/news
What has your journey been like as a singer and musician so far?
“A steep learning process in creativity, production and marketing skills. The environment is homely, competitive and there are no rules. Music videos are perfect for ongoing short stories, because it never needs to cease.”
What is the feedback from listeners when you perform live, or share your music releases?
“Hard to judge, but it usually appears positive. I appreciate it all and put myself in the listener’s shoes to delve into what sparked them to share their opinion.”
Port Royal features as the setting most commonly used for your music videos. Can you explain your bond with this location?
“Our history and culture is far richer than meets the eye. The old city of Port Royal, which was a haven for trade, anarchism and deadly natural events on a world scale just optimizes it. It sits right below our feet under the sea with many tales of pirates and their treasures for us. These versions of the past are ours to carry forever. Such an appreciation for Jamaica and our past, with a view to a prideful future is surely a recipe for finally feeling whole, out of many, one people.”
Do you think Jamaicans are open to rock music as a preferred option?
“To be frank, no, and that is okay because I am proud of local music. Reggae and Dancehall are the deserved King and Queen. A freshly fallen apple from your own garden should taste sweeter than one which has sailed across the ocean for days on end. On the contrary, Layabout’s apple is organic Jamaican rock and this is why I have teamed up with my friend Black Pharaoh in our upcoming song called Punk Reggae, with a music video included, to kick off a style which satisfies my passion for Rock music and want for Jamaica’s signature in it.”
Where do you see your career in the next five years?
“I envision Layabout, the name of my blue guitar which I have played circa 2007 still at the forefront of my creations. The symbols of the Moon above water, outer space travel on a pirate ship and nature’s capability to encapsulate beauty and wrath, like a Polite Savage, depicting Layabout’s music. Moreover, that my prayers for guidance onto the right paths have been answered through my music – happiness would be a bonus, but it surely must follow because I have grin on just thinking about life in this way.”
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Blessings in abundance!