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What was your inspiration for starting “Intoxicated TV”, and what has the general feedback been like?
“The entire inspiration for starting Intoxicated TV really came from me wanting to educate society about marijuana and other herbs and how it affects/ impacts different people, while I learn more about the topic at the same time. At the end of my final year at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, I will have to do a one man show with a thesis paper – so I would also use this platform (Intoxicated TV) to help structure the performance and paper based on the knowledge I received from being on the show. In truth, I’d need both users and non-users’ opinions to really have a complete understanding of it all. Ras-I’s “Know Herb” played a big part of the inspiration as well, hence why it’s used as the theme song for the talk show. The show is also done for entertainment as well.”
What is your opinion on the stigmas that marijuana users are frequently faced with?
“I think all negative stigmas about marijuana are flawed if you haven’t had a firsthand experience. Marijuana is like everything else; is either for you or not for you. It’s either you like it or you don’t. Compare marijuana to say, peanuts – it can be good or bad for you because somebody can eat something that contains peanuts and die because they’re allergic to it but we still don’t label it as “bad” because a next person can eat the peanuts and they’re perfectly fine. I think it’s the same with marijuana so first find out if it’s for you. If it’s not for you then it’s not but don’t go around bashing persons who gain positively from it.
I end by saying some of the medication we take these days contains cannabidiol (aka CBD) which is a chemical compound from the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabidiol is most commonly used for seizure disorder (epilepsy). It is also used for anxiety, pain, and muscle disorders like dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and many other conditions. Check out Cannabuzzz876 and watch Intoxicated.tv for more information. Note that marijuana is also used for spiritual purposes so with all that, just leggo the negative stigma and learn before bashing.”
Can you tell us the story behind your creation, “Art Dynamics”?
“I’ve always wanted to build an art company which is more of a community; just having a huge community filled with different types of creatives where we share ideas, inspirations and get work done. So for example, you have a script for a short film – it would be way easier to find actors, videographers, graphic designers, set designers, musicians, dancers and the list goes on. They would be people who you trust and have a bond with because you’d have probably worked with them on previous projects or just chilled with them before. This way you can never be alone in a creative process unless you want to. Art Dynamics is an open home for all creatives. The name came about one night at Edna Manley with two of my close friends who also shared the same view as me.”
Do you have any ideas on how Jamaica could diversify her creative economy?
“For sure, it’s simple. As I always say “give the youths dem a chance”. The youths are the future so why not use them to build up the creative economy which will be their playground in the future? With the older folks’ guidance and the youthful twist a very diverse creative economy will evolve.”
What are your most memorable moments in music and/or film?
“I’ve had so many memorable moments both in music and film; it’s so hard to choose one. For film I’d go with the TVJ series “49 Paradise Drive” simply because I wasn’t a part of the team until two days before we started filming (thanks to Yohan Reynolds and Dorraine Reid). I was substitute for the person who had the role before so I really didn’t have any time to read the script in full for some scenes. It was my first time seeing it but with an amazing director Sabrena McDonald, cast members Dorraine Reid, Jason Richard, Anakaye, Tesfa, and Donnai just to name a few, and stage manager and crew who welcomed me with open arms, they made it feel extremely easy.
Countdown to 7th Heaven! This is the promo for the 7th and final episode in season 1 of 49 PARADISE DRIVE. Catch it this Saturday at 9:00pm on TVJ (rebroadcast on Tuesday at 11:00pm).It has been my pleasure creating and bringing this Jamaican story to YOU. Thank your for watching.I have so much more to say. So many more of our stories to tell.Stay tuned.
Posted by Round of Applause Productions Ltd. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
As for music, it was simply a conversation with my musical mentor Hector Lewis aka Roots Percussionist about shakers and tambourine in the evolution of reggae music at a studio session. I’ve also had the experience of having conversations with his mentor Feluké (may his soul rest in peace) and seeing his “Setlist” performance. These were all life changing and memorable experiences in my musical journey.”
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Blessings in abundance!