Reggaeville sits down with Duane!April 19, 2011
Reggaeville recently sat down with Duane Stephenson, and talked about his music and current single, "Better Tomorrow."
Duane's music has the ability to create a story. His powerful voice and range produce a unique class of melodies. Duane's music is written to be inspirational, a call for action for everyone. He wrote "A Step for Mankind" and "Sufferer's Heights" to raise the level of consciousness for listeners.
Here is part of Duane's interview:
How do you feel this experience as part of the group To-Isis may have shaped you as an artist today, in terms of your work touring, recording, collaborating with others in the industry?]
In terms of what I learned in To-Isis, you definitely have to be a team player. Part of sharing the music and sharing the different ideas, being part of a group, everybody has their own mindset, their own view on how music is suppose to go and you have to strike a compromise. So it definitely prepared me in that sense. You learn to appreciate the views of artists not only their view but especially if you are writing the song (for someone else), you aim to look at what the artist represents himself and you get a feel for the artist. You have to incorporate all of that in the music, it definitely prepares you a lot in terms of collaboration.
Your new single "Better Tomorrow" moves in a pop direction with a sound that is represented on many songs across your two albums, FROM AUGUST TOWN and the latest BLACK GOLD. What music do you listen to and what songwriters do you find interesting
I listen to music from all genres, I have been in tune with Michael Jackson's whole movements, he did most of his own writing. Bob Dylan has always been a great influence, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, who was kind of a darker shade of an artist, as well as an excellent songwriter who has done writing for other people as well as for himself.
What is the meaning of this message presented in the song's lyrics?
Better Tomorrow as a song is relevant, to me, especially coming out of the year that we had last year, and this year hasn't started much better. If you tend to reflect on what is happening in Japan, New Zealand, all of these places. The last thing we need is somebody reminding us how bad things are. It is just another step in the healing process but it is not necessarily a pop song.
Be sure to check out the entire interview HERE!