giovedì 25 agosto 2016

Tulitauko Sound Interview !!!

 Greetings to you all dear listeners and readers ! How are you ? We're really fine, many interesting things are happening and we're meeting so many wonderful people. Today we have the great pleasure to host in our pages Tulitauko Sound System, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary !

- Hello Fred, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?
Hello, I'm Fred from Tulitauko Sound and I've been playing as a reggae selector and lately also more on mike duties. When I got involved with reggae music at the beginning there were only records. When I started to build up the sound system and building my own speaker boxes, all the inspiration was coming from where reggae was actually born: the jamaican sound systems. Jamaican sound systems in the seventies were like the people's radio. It was the place where you could hear the reggae music that you couldn't hear anywhere else. It was not played on the radio at that time even if it was produced a lot of reggae in Jamaica. There were more american songs and more international stuff and not the real reggae. The real reggae was played on the sound systems. Before studios released new tunes they used to test them on the sound system, they gave the record to the sound man to run it on the sound and they could immediately see the effect that the tune had and if it was going to be a big hit. It was like a testing ground for the reggae music and reggae music really evolved around the sound system. Like in Jamaica, Tulitauko Sound System plays music that it is especially made for Sound Systems and dub-plates, special versions made for the sound.

- Tell us more about Tulitauko Sound System and how you founded it. Can you tell us more about this project ?
It was about 15 years ago when I was starting to go to sound-system sessions with sounds like Healing of the Nation and  also before, Komposti Sound, from Helsinki. I was getting more interested about sound system and I started to build up my own speaker-boxes and little by little we started bulding our own sound system and play roots reggae music on it. Tulitauko was founded by me and two other guys :  Vilhelm and  Sutra. Then Sutra dropped out and I continued with Vilhelm for some years before Jah Equity came along  from Switzerland where he had been running his own sound system already for many years. Jah Equity also produces his own material so he is also a producer and plays mostly his own productions in the sessions so he is the dub  maker. Later on two other guys, Van Stouter and Ken-I, came along to join the sound first as helpers, because it is growing bigger and bigger and to move the sound we needed help and later they also started to play as selectors . Now that we are five It is easier to move the sound which has been growing so big that we need a truck to move it. The regular van it is not enough anymore. It's quite a heavy and big project every time we put up the sound so it's good to have more arms.

-Which is the vision behind Tulitauko ?
First there was just the love for reggae music, then the desire to spread the  positive and conscious message  and to promote roots and culture reggae music to the people. It's a sound system so we're selectors and operators and we bring different vocalists and players of instruments, mainly from Uk and Finland, to sing and play on the sound.

-What do you want to achieve through it ?
The main thing is to spread the message, to spread the conscious vibe and make it grow. Play music that have a message of positivness and one love message and music that make you come close into yourself because inside everyone there is goodness and reggae music is like a call; when hear the message and the truth in the words you will also awaken yourself. So we're spreading this conscious message.

-What do you think about the roots and reggae movement here in Finland ? And in Europe ?
In Finland the scene is quite small if you compare it with for example, Sweden,where it is of course bigger. In Finland everything comes a little bit later but now during the ten years that we have been active the roots scene has grown and also reggae in general, you can listen to Jukka Poika and artists alike from the radio . Fifteen years ago there was maybe one or two Sounds in Finland playing reggae music and now there are more: a lot of smaller sounds coming up and growing like Ivah Sound and it's nice to see that the younger generation is also active. The reggae scene in a whole was coming out from Jamaica and they produced a lot of roots reggae in the 70s and 80s. Then in Jamaica in the 80s they started to develop digital dancehall riddims and "slackness" lyrics  which fast became popular. At the same time in Uk, Jah Shaka (Zulu Warrior) , kept on promoting the roots , with his more orthodox rastafarian message. So now there's more roots reggae music produced in Europe and Uk and France and countries like this than in Jamaica. Reggae music has grow a lot in Europe, for example France is one of the biggest countries where they play also a lot of reggae on the radio and everybody listen to it. Reggae it's a much bigger thing there. But little by little it is also growing in Finland and during these ten years it has been nice to see this growth and how it evolves .

-Let's talk about the 10" vinyl record celebrating the 10th anniversary of Tulitauko Sound on the  Ceasefire Sound label, produced together with Micho Dread from Studiored. Inside we can find two amazing songs: Leave Babylon by Ranking Joe and Never Expected by Kenny Knots. Would you like to tell us something about the collaboration with Ranking Joe and Kenny Knots ?
During the time we have been running the sound system, we have been bringing   sounds and singers to Finland for shows and everytime we also try to go to the studio and record dubplates which are special tunes made for the sound system and not meant for release but only to play on the sound as unique material .  Kenny Knots is a singer that we've been bringing to Finland a few times and on the last visit, we made a real tune with him and same it was with Ranking Joe.  The riddim is a classical riddim which is played by a band from Helsinki, Suhinators and mixed by Micho dread.The recordig happened  already more than five years ago so it has been laying ready to come out for some time. When Tulitauko  turned ten years we thought that we have to get it out finally so we made a push and now we got it out so and we are very happy about that. We made five hundred copies of the record and the first 150 went straight to the Uk record shop and before we even had our own here in Finland they had them already sold out in the shops so that was nice.

-What's in the future of Tulitauko Sound ? 
We want to make more sessions and build more boxes and keep on promoting reggae, roots and culture music . With the sound system it's a struggle to find a place where we can run the sound. It's not easy everytime , because if you go to the clubs it's really expensive and usually they wonder why you bring your own sound there since they already have a sound. So finding a place or venue where we can run the sound it is a struggle that we all the time are trying to solve. There were good underground places in Helsinki but many have been taken down and now there are not so many of them places  left and that is a struggle too, but  we want to grow up the sound and  release also more records under Ceasefire Sound label.

-Where does our listeners\readers can follow you (social networks, websites) and where they can listen\buy your unique sound ?
You can find us on Fb and instagram.

 Thank you so much Fred for taking your time for this interview. It has been really interesting talking with you and learning more about Tulitauko Sound. We're really looking forward to come to one of your sessions now !
Flavia M

domenica 21 agosto 2016

Addis Pablo interview !!!

Greetings to you all dear RQL106 friends ! How are you today ? Here everything is more than fine, an exciting new week is about starting and I can't wait to see what it holds for us. Today I have the great honor to host one very talented and humble young man, Addis Pablo, son of the late legendary Augustus Pablo. I had the great joy to see him live in Stockholm, sharing the stage with Julian Marley, an amazing experience for everyone there. But here you go lovely friends ....

Greetings Addis, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?

  Yes I am Addis Swaby son of Horace Swaby AKA Augustus Pablo I play the melodica produce and perform.

You're an amazing melodica player. When did you start playing ? Since your father was such a great musician, was it natural for you to follow his footsteps ?

I Started playing around the age 15 or 16 seriously, now am 27 so yea it was natural in the sense I have a love for the sound of my father, it rased and created me, so its like the soundtrack to my life so in that sense it was already there, but to learn how to play these music and eventually create happened through lots of practice and rehearsals with people like Earl Chinna Smith and Inna Di yard i was also part of a band in New Jersey USA for some years around the age 17 or 18 

Would you like to tell us something more about your father ? Everybody knows his music, but how was him ?
  Yes. He was a very strong and loving father , he was the greatest and is the greatest father i could have had; he was helpful to people and gave all he could both as a musician and person. He was in simple terms a one of a kind, kind of person in every sense. However the easiest way to express who he was is through his music cause it was a reflection of who he was. 

Can you play other instruments beside melodica ?

Yes, I play keyboards although it's the same type of instruments.

Would you like to tell us something about your creative process ? Where does  your music come from ?
It's inspiration from the most HIGH RASTAFARI who has created all sounds and melodies as well as the ability to interpret these frequencies into what we call music, like  Niyabinghi Drums playing  the heartbeat which is  a part of every living being. So i take my inspiration from creation and the Most High our Creator Haile Selassie which catalyzed all of the movements of Rastafari in all aspects of livity.

Tell us something about your debut album '' In my father's house ''
It's a presentation of the sounds and vibes i had been feeling and expressing at the time such as road to addis walls of jericho featuring legends like Earl 16 Prince Allah and Sylford Walker
it was a production out of Netherlands with Jah Solid Rock

What about Suns of Dub ? Would you like to talk about this project ?
Suns of Dub is a production platform and performing entity, we also release music as a label and do dub mixing to name a few. It's a project created by Ras Jammy and my self over 6 years ago in Kingston Jamaica. We met while we was attending uni in Jamaica since then we have released numerous projects including

 For The love of Jah
13 months in  Zion
Selassie Souljahz in Dub
Major Lazer and Walshy Fire present Suns of Dub
Mighty Crown x Suns of Dub the Far East Mixtape
The FarEast Dub LP  

We had the great pleasure to see you live in Stockholm during the Julian Marley concert. It has been such an intense moment for everybody in the audience. How was it for you ?Was it the first time you were sharing the stage with him ?
Yes i, it was a intense moment for me as well. It was the first time sharing a stage however we have been in contact for some time and worked on a track for his up and coming album which we performed on the said show.  

Which are your plans for the future ?
I am preparing my Second LP 'Creation Sounds ' which will feature a mix of my original production live as well as some of my fathers original tracks like Java East of the River Nile . Piperz of Zion and Day before the Riot   

Where can our listeners and readers follow you ( social media, web-sites ... ) and where they can buy your music ?
 I am on Facebook and instagram as Addis Pablo as well my music is on Itunes as well as on vinyl

 Addis on stage in Stockholm

Thank you so much Addis for this interview. It has been so lovely, after seeing you live, to get to know you better. I wish you all the best for your projects and blessings and peace and love in your life.
Flavia M

lunedì 15 agosto 2016

Saltbodan Radio 2016

Hi family and friends ! How was your weekend ? Ours was incredible, new and old friends visiting, new connections, new projects, life flows at full speed here at RQL. But surely one of the highlight of our fantastic weekend was the Saltbodan Radio, here at Laivasilta in Loviisa town. We broadcasted it live and sure enough it was great. We were all there, including our youngest helper James. The heavy rain of the day forced to move the event indoor, but it didn't change at all the usual good vibes and music. As always several DJs played different kind of music, from funky to hip-hop, but of course for us it was especially exciting the performance of the special guest JahVice, with whom we had a really interesting interview a few hours before ( the interview will be broadcasted next sunday, more details in the following days ). As always the last Saltbodan of the year it's bittersweet moment, since vibes are at their highest, but you know that it means the summer is coming to an end and we will have to wait one year before the next one. But sure it's worth waiting. So thank you to Fred Owren, for giving us the chance to be part of this event, thank you to Fred himself, Pata and Ruby, and of course JahVice for the great music and the fun provided and see you all next year !!!



sabato 13 agosto 2016

Chicho Interview !!!!

Hello lovely people out there ! How are you ? We're fine and busy and hoping for a weekend of good weather ! We're here today with an amazing interview with the cuban artist Chicho that we had the chance to make during the days of the Peace Forum ( read more about that HERE ). A person of rare kindness, whose art is spiced with a dash of irony and permeated with a strong desire for peace. We loved it, and him for sure. But here you go.

Hello and welcome ! Would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners\readers?

Of course, my name is Román Emilio Pérez López,besto known as Chicho.
 I am from Cuba, from the city of Santiago the Cuba,the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. I´m in awe to meet  so many people, all the support they have provided to make this exhibition possible,it's fantastic.

Can you tell us something about your formal education and your general background?

I graduated fron the School of Fine Arts of Santiago de Cuba. For 20 years I worked as animated cartoons maker for the television , Tele Turquino. Lately I worked as graphic designer to become an independent artist. I have my own studio in santiago de Cuba,where I make caricatures for living. I have always collaborated with newspapers and humoristic magazines like PALANTE and DETETÉ. I also make a lot of posters and graphic design works.

When did you start drawing ?

I think it's a drive I was born with. Since I was a little boy I loved to draw and paint. I began drawing little things and copying cartoon characters.

Have you ever been in Europe before? And here in Finland ?
This is the first time I leave my country. It is a very positive experience. I haven´t met any negative raction from the audience. It´s being quite successfull and not only because of my work, I had the chance to meet  lots of nice peolple. Of course this is also my first time in Finland. I admire this country. I like to say that I started visiting the world from its very top !The most beautiful thing I have seen it happened at midnight, it looked like a Cuban sunset.You can see in the distance the splendor of the dawn. I took so many pictures to bring with me and remember this.

Which are your plans for the future ?
Well, I have a lot of plans. The most important being to continue with my work. I have new projects that take me forwards. I hope I will be invited in other places. It´s important,because that´s the value of an artist´s work,to make it known through exhibitions and events.

-Thank you so much Chicho for your time, but most of all that you so much for your art !

Thank you very much for allowing me to talk to you

mercoledì 10 agosto 2016

Loviisan Rauhan-Foorumi 2016

If we could have shared with the whole world the feeling that permeated our small town during the three days of Loviisa Peace Forum, the world could have lived, at least for three days, the dream or the hope of peace on earth.
During the Peace Forum the boudaries of language, nationality, belief, were torn apart, replaced by love, understanding, friendship and a dash of curiosity for each other's background. As local radio we feel so blessed to have had the chance to follow step by step the events, working alongside the organizers, wonderful people whose tireless work brought in our town three days filled with events but mostly with love.
The forum started on friday evening with the opening ceremony in Almintalo, saturday was a heartwarming, events-filled day, with the market of possibilities, music and dance in Laivasilta and the moving and impressing candle procession.
 But pictures will tell you the story of the Loviisa Peace Forum 2016 better than I could ever do.

domenica 7 agosto 2016

Julian Marley interview !!!!

Hello lovely friends ! How are you ? We're really busy these days, happily busy I'd say with so many great events we've been involved in and in the next days you'll see all the evidences on this web-site, but now, today, we're here to give you another gem from our adventure in Sweden: the interview with Julian Marley !
After the show Gaia and I have been reached by the two super kind and professional tour menagers Isabelle Messer and Marco Palian. Both of them were very caring with us and took us under their wings, guiding us in the back stage. At that point we were really worned out by three days of traveling and the whole day spent hanging around the venue, and we were also quite worried about the rest of our family waiting outside for hours ( Sweden has strange age limits for concerts ... ). So we just sat on the stairs with all our gear on our lap looking quite patetic probably. At that point the band arrived. Owen Dreadie Reid, the bass player, stopped in front of us and smiled and invited us to join all the people in the dressing rooms area. We followed him and stopped in line after the rest of the people. In a few seconds he was back to us, asking if we were there for the interview and telling us we looked so tired ( keep in mind this man was just out from more than two hours on stage ! And he was worried for us ) offering us the sofa in the band dressing room to rest, while we waited for Julian. He sat with us talking and really looking concerned about the rest of our family and amazed that we had traveled all the way from Finland just for the interview. Such a lovely, humble and caring soul we will hardly forget.
Finally we got to meet Julian. He looked really tired, but again a smiling, humble man was in front of us, asking questions about us and telling us he was ready for our interview. you go people ! Read it carefully because this man has a big heart and soul and speak words that should be read and kept in mind, really !

-You are a devout rastafari, how central is your faith in your life and how it reflects on your music ?

Well, when we say Rastafari we talk about God, Rastafari means God; so God has a very big impact, because we wouldn't be here. He is the first and the last. A very great impact in life and in the music. I see myself as a messanger of Rastafari, so we bring the message in music. There is the music and the message from Rastafari: one connection.

-The gift of music runs in your family indeed. Through your beloved father to you and your brothers. How does it feel to be part of all this ?

It feels great, very humbling, to know that you are a part of something that is so very special to humanity. So for me it is humbling and it 's also very normal, natural. So it's not something that we try, it's something that we are, that I am. It feels very great.

- How emotional it is to share the stage with your brothers bringing  forth a real legacy  ?

Very great. it's fun ! For me it's fun and one of the easiest way, you enjoy more the show. Because like tonight, I had to be at the mike all the time singing the words. there's no time to look at crowd, there's no time to ( snap his fingers and mimic some dance moves )... So it's very nice, very great to be there (with them), and it's fun too.

-Talking more about music, when did you start playing?

I started playing music maybe at 6. I just loved music !  

-Which instruments do you  play ?

I sing and I play guitar, keyboard,drum and bass

-So basically you can play everything !

Not everything, it's only four ! (smiles)

-But you could make a concert by yourself if you had more hands !

(smile even more) Yes, I could !

-Why you write music ?

Why ... I write because we got the inspiration. Words come to you and you have to write. The message comes from the inspiration and I have to write it. And we love music and we would live in a world filled with music and people who make music so it become a part that you love. You know, we write music because we to !

- Which messages you take forth with your music ?

The message is: ONE LOVE, meaning no barriers, no racisms, no fights. Just love.  One love means I see no color, I see no size, I see no shape. I see nothing than spirit and spirit, people and people. One people. So the message is one love, one God, one aim. The aim is that everyone wants to get better in life. So one aim. But the only way is that we do this together, because separated... only a few things we can lift by ourselves. But many of us can move many things.

-Now our last question.Which are your plans once the european tour is over ?

We are working on a new album, so we are hoping for it to come out next spring. We are working very hard.

-Thank you so much Julian for your time and for this amazing interview. Our listeners will love this !

One Love ! Thank you !

 Julian Marley and Gaia

Julian Marley and I

But you know, our adventure didn't end there. Once out we met the rest of our family and then went to look for a taxi. That's when I spotted Owen Dreadie Reid waiting for the taxi as well. I waved to him and pointed to my family, to show him I could find them and we were all fine ( as  he was worried for them ). He smiled really wide and came over to us, to greet the whole family and meet my other children and husband and then called Julian 
( which I didn't noticed at first ) to come and meet my family and children. Then he asked a kind man if he could take a picture of all of us

Our amazing day in Stockholm ended with my whole family waving goodbye to these amazing artists and men, which gave us much more than music that night.

Thank you so much Diane Podolak, Isabelle Messer and Marco Palian for making this possible.