Answele shows the World his skills with the release of his first official EP “In Control”. Of course we have the Grammy Winning Producer Young Pow at the production. He followed Answele’s career from his first steps in the musical business. We had the pleasure to find out about this young and gifted singer in 2017. Then we had the opportunity to work in association with Young Pow to bring him on tour in Europe in 2018 as I-Octane open act Artist traveling in Countries as Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.
Gege Vibes meets Sean “Pow” Diedrick in O2 Academy Brixton (London) during Damian Marley Uk Tour Summer 2018. Once again we got an interview with Sean aka Di Producer, owner of the label Young Pow Production, that impressed us by his musical achievements. Indeed, the polyhedral artist is the grammy keyboard player and producer of the year for the credits he gave on Stony Hill Album: R.O.A.R., Autumn Leaves, Slave Mills, Time Travel and the most of the tracks. At the beginning of 2018 he released “Destiny Riddim”, a compilation with various reggae artists. Basically. he decided to remix the famous tune “Where we come from” of Popcaan, juggling the riddim and involving other names as I-Octane, Christopher Ellis, Alaine, Press Kay, Answele, Sowflo, Black Am I and Irie SoulJah. It was nice that on the same instrumental have participated mainstream and upcoming artists from different places as Jamaica, Miami, Spain and Uk. It was a success distributed by Ghetto Youths International with important credits by Sherieta and Baby G. “Di producer” shared his point of view explaining us how he built his own independent project. For the new year there are a new productions to be released, as for example some unfinished Chronixx and Sean Paul. Definitely, Sean is leaving his mark on the World in the name of his original place: Orange Hill, Brown’s Town
After the journey of Gege Vibes in Jamaica last summer, we were able to appreciate closely the vibrations of the Caribbean Island from a musical point of view. Bob Marley’s homeland is not only today represented by the Reggae. In fact there are many branches of the genre that have developed over the years and the new sounds that have been created. We could say that today the jamaican music influenced many other genres contaminating it. The Jamaican talents who try to follow their way through their artistic skills are multiplying more and more. Finally the mentality to prefer music and believe in his own dream to the ghetto’s life is being consolidated. Especially in the very young artists. Then I’ve interviewed a singer and musician originally from the area of Trelawny (Jamaica): Answele, only 20 years old. He grew up becoming passionate about music after being in church almost every Saturday at a very tender age, as a lot of jamaican people. The faith is important there as much as music. It was precisely in his parrish that begins his career starting in to play the drums in that place.
“The problem was that my true love for music was for the reggae and not for the liturgical one, but it was not accepted in my church or at home where my father disapproved my behaviour for disobeying to his instructions to don’t perform in reggae and dancehall parties”, Answele said.
But the guy continues to trust himself creating a small label to appear on the scene with the first recordings. In 2016, he experiments different musical genres such as lovers-rock, Hip Hop, Hard-core Dancehall and meets the Jamaican producer Sean Diedrick, owner of the brand Young Pow Productions and historical keyboarder of Damian Marley, as well as Winning Grammy co-producer of Stony Hill Album. Young Pow invests a lot of energy producing the new Answele’s Ep and recording the songs in the famous Big Yard Studio and Tuff Gong Studio, the Bob Marley’s one, both in Kingston Capital (Jamaica). The new Answele’s work is coming out. Let’s hear what his feelings are before the international launch of it.
Your passion for the music started in the church’s environment when you were only a child. Say us something about the beginning of your musical journey
It was a bit complicated. Parents were strict so i was basically disobeying rules. I was engaged in a lot of singing activitIes at church and I was very good at singing harmonies too, but I would listen mostly to reggae songs on the radios and all I knew is that I enjoyed the sounds and I was having fun singing them among my peers.
When you grew up from a child to a boy you understood that your real inspiration was the reggae. What represent this musical genre in your life?
I think the way to express myself through my lyrics, the consciousness and a little of my style of music. I enjoyed listening to Reggae artists nation wide and I could feel their music from within and how inspiring it was to me. I was thinking : “I want people to feel it when they listen to any of my songs”.
How much your community influenced your music and your style?
My community does play a part, but telling the truth I sing about topics that happen globally across the World every day. Everywhere there are people who are either not with you or genuine people who wants to see you in the way that you aspire to become. As well as there are people who needs motivation through listening music.
What about the creation of TeamTripleWorks music and the collaboration with the great producers Young Pow and Sherieta?
TeamTripleWorks music was officially created by me and two other associates Bvrban and Ricky Cee in 2015. We all had different talents, I am the harmony vocalist & Graphic Designer, Ricky Cee is the engineer and Bvrban is the beat maker. Then a year ago i was introduced to Young Pow and I met Sherieta few months later, they both loved the sound of my voice and decided to play a major role in my production.
“F U Poverty” is a released dancehall single with a strong lyric. What is for you the way to forget the poverty and to be successful?
Staying Focus and continue working hard.
Your new single “Stayed” is out in the digital shops. What about the meaning of this song?
I think I stepped a little out of the box to compose “Stayed”. This song is about a thing that happens every day : men cheating and regretting it afterwards. The speciality about this tune is that I got the instrumental from Young Pow during a time I was thinking about a complicated relationship and it influenced the entire song. This song is on the tracklist of Destiny Riddim, a compilation of different jamaican artists including Popcaan, iOctane, Black Am I and more.
What are your future projects ?
Well I have a new EP (Short Album) that is releasing soon from Young Pow Productions which will include 6 tracks. “Stayed” is also apart of it. The remaining five songs are fire so I am urging the mass to look out for this EP, trust me, the tunes them nuh normal !
Gege Vibes Magazine met Sean Diedrick after Damian Marley’s show in Gallipoli, Italy (2017). Sean is worldwide known as the historical Jr Gong’s keyboarder but he also really popular as ‘Di Producer’.
He introduces us the world of Young Pow Production explaining his last works in studio with Mavado and Damian Marley for “Stony Hill” Album. Pow told us his impressions about the third tour in Africa of this summer “Stony Hill to Addis”. We talk also about his unreleased projects in co-production with Baby G as the one in collaboration with Sean Paul, out very soon. Young Pow Production supports a lot of new and middle generation’s jamaican artists as BUGLE, T.I.F.A., Swele, Xklusive and more. The mission of Young Pow’s label is to give an huge promotion to the young and worthy talents of the Island, especially from his area Saint Ann. “I’m proud to be a Jamaican. Orange Hill, Brown’s Town, Saint Ann… Yeah”, he said to our microphones. CHECK IT !
Interview : Eugenia Conti Editing : Shaban Sante Shira Jr II Shooting : Francesco Sciolti Venue : Postepay PARCO GONDAR