Small Island Big Song – Our Island [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

A – Collaborative
B – Oceanic
C – Grassroots

Tell us a few things about your new album. What is the story behind it?

‘Our Island’ is a collaboration of activist/artists from islands across the Pacific & Indian Oceans, uniting the voice of the ocean for climate action.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

“Festival of the Living Ocean’, unites the rhythms and spirit of the world’s great oceans, through beats produced by HipHop artist Airileke from Papua New Guinea with the Sega grooves from Mauritius by Emlyn.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

Music and the spirit contained only lives through the listener, through being shared, both recorded and live are vital, but live we see and feel the listeners connection animating bringing life to our songs.

Your music also has lovely grooves. Tell us a song with a groove you wish you had composed yourself.

All the grooves in our music follow music traditions passed down through generations, these are the grooves in our family which we can unite to create new feels.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

We are a varied mob, but our oceans are central in our lives, we have surfers, Kite Surfers, swimmers in our group, and cooking up feasts to share in our group on tour, planet friendly food of course. (No industrial red meat).

When was the last time you danced?

Yesterday we jammed with 6 artists from islands of the Caribbean for our show in Miami at the North Beach Bandshell. The beats and groove of the Caribbean mixed with our oceans was mazing we are all pulsing and moving, singing out loud. Uniting the worlds great oceans, Atlantic, Indian & Pacific, after all we share one ocean – one island.

Thank you!

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