Shane Brown is a master music mixer. He is from a family of musicians and has worked with some of the greatest artist in Reggae music including Richie Spice, Shabba Ranks, Busy Signal and Tarrus Riley. He is a producer who came of age in the 1990s through studio apprenticeship. He currently manages Tarrus Riley and operates his music label JukeBoxx Productions. In this interview we talk about his interesting life as a musician and he drops insightful recommendations and nuggets. You don't want to miss it.
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This Season kicks off with an interesting conversation with Vivien Goldman. She began her career as a journalist for Cassettes and Cartridges. She then became a PR officer for Atlantic Records and then Island Records, where she worked with Bob Marley. She was a writer and editor for London-based Sounds magazine in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s she began making documentaries for Channel Four television, developing and producing the world-music show Big World Cafe. We talk about cultural appropriation, modern music and the impact of Bob Marley over the years.
In this insightful episode. David Lyn and I talk about his journey as a self taught singer, songwriter, producer. We discuss the current state of hip hop, reggae and dancehall music and how they can be fused through code switching.
Stephen Price is the CEO of Flow Jamaica. He shares a wealth of information on 5G technology on Jamaica and breaks down key moves to get pass the effects of Covid19 on businesses. Follow JR on Instagram @jrwatkis $Thelmaros
Episode 54. Peace and blessings to the family of Nipsey Hustle. Ermias Davidson Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Emerging from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle initially became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the latter of which rapper Jay-Z, bought 100 copies for $100 each. After much delay, his debut studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. Follow Jr on social media @jrwatkis YouTube.com/jrwatkis , email firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 53- Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex social and cultural dynamics of the Caribbean.
Storm’s award-winning debut film BETTER MUS’ COME was hailed by critics as signaling a fresh new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean. He has directed Music Videos for Chronixx, Protoje, Arcade Fire, and recently captured visuals for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run 2 world tour. Saulter’s photography has been published in Rolling Stone Magazine and The FADER. He has exhibited in The National Gallery of Jamaica, the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami. He works extensively with athletes like Usain Bolt and brands like PUMA.
Storm’s 2nd feature film SPRINTER swept the 2018 American Black Film Festival winning “Best Director”, “Best Narrative Feature” and the “Audience Award”. The film went on to win the “New Vision Award” at the Bahamas International Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Nouveaux Regards Film Festival in Guadeloupe, and “Best Narrative Feature” at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. SPRINTER is Executive Produced by Jada and Will Smith and is set for North American release in Spring 2019.
Sprinter is Jamaica’s energetic, emotional, and endearing return to the world cinema stage.
- BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
…Saulter, who serves as his own director of photography, has a poet’s eye for detail, capturing the beauty of his native country, even in its most extreme poverty. The movie’s title, a message of hope for the future, could easily apply to the filmmaker as well.
- LA TIMES | Glenn Whipp
There are some films that mesmerize like a slowly burning fire. The embers, glowing shades of red, gold and orange, mixed with smoky black, pop and explode unexpectedly, and the sparks keep the onlooker from getting too close. That is exactly the feeling that is evoked in the new film by Storm Saulter called Better Mus’ Come.
- HUFFINGTON POST | Craig Carpenter
In this episode I have a conversation with Baby Cham. Reggae-Dancehall superstar. He is one of the most commercially successful artist to come out of Jamaica. He has been in the music game since the early 1990s and has sold millions of records. Originally from Sherlock Crescent in Saint Andrew Parish of Jamaica, Cham's career began in the early 1990s. The Miami New Times referred to his debut album Wow... The Story, released in 2000, as "the most anticipated album in years from any reggae artist", and a Washington Post review of a live Cham concert in 2006 described him as "the man who may be the next Sean Paul -- a dancehall artist who crosses over to the U.S. hip-hop market."
Throughout his career, Cham has collaborated with many hip hop and R&B artists such as Foxy Brown, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas, Shawn Mims, Mis-Teeq, Rihanna, Che'Nelle, Jentina, Akon, and T-Pain, Keke Palmer and many others.
Cham has for a long time worked with producer Dave Kelly. In 2012, he recorded with his wife, O, on the singles "Wine" and "Tun Up". In 2013 he released the Kelly-produced single "Fighter", featuring Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.
Cham's third album, the Kelly-produced Lawless is due to be released in June 2015. Featuring the single "I Am Hot", the album was recorded in Florida apart from a collaboration with Mykal Rose and Bounty Killer, which was recorded in Jamaica. Here in this episode we talk about it all. Remember to subscribe and follow @jrwatkis on twitter and Instagram.
Safai Kelly is painting the world with her influence in the makeup world. The daughter of music producer Dave Kelly is working on movies with Jill Scott and working on Life Time Network and Netflix movie. She explains why major brands are seeking her influence to inbox their products each week. Hear her story in this episode.
In this episode Dr. Constant Longkeng Ngouana, gives a Keynote address at the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal, Jamaica about the role of the IMF in helping countries. He explains the three missions of the IMF and the progress Jamaica has made in achieving its fiscal targets.
Bob Marley’s legacy lives on, but is time for the Grammy voters and lobbyists to recognize other viable newcomers and heroes in the genre? Some people say that if a Marley is nominated for a Grammy no one else can win regardless of the quality of that person’s music. Pushing the culture forward means recognising new artistes. Reggae does not have be luxury of having singles category in the Grammy awards. Do the voters embrace the idea of diversity and do they know that the same country where Bob Marley made his music also turned out many other great musicians?
In this episode Jenny Jenny and JR Watkis talk about what a record deal means for a TV show competition. The recent #XfactorUK win by Jamaican singer Dalton Harris is examined and his record deal is unpacked.
Episode 42. In this episode Jr gives a keynote on personal branding in front of a live audience in Kingston Jamaica. He touches on the reason people doubt themselves and shares techniques to improve confidence and bring out the best personal results.
Episode 40. JR chats with Kemar Christopher "Ding Dong" Dwaine Ottey (born September 29, 1980) is a dancehall reggae artist and dancer. He was a dancer before becoming a Jamaican DJ (artiste) and dancehall reggae recording artist. His most notable songs "Bad Man Forward / Bad Man Pull Up" (2005) "Fling" and "Genna Bounce" released in 2017 has assisted in his global appeal. He founded the dancing syndicate Ravers Clavers. His latest number one song is “Cha Cha Boy” which made its debut at number one on the World Music Views Chart. He talks controversies in selecting the RunTown track to do his song Lebbe Lebbe and not being able to put it on iTunes. We go into his strategies for corporate branding and staying relevant in Dancehall.
Episode 39- In this episode JR counts down the top songs in Jamaica, Canada, USA, UK and the world on YouTube and Spotify Charts. He interviews Sean Paul at his studio. The interview happened at midnight during Sean Paul’s studio session. Sean Paul dropped key insights into the music business and shares his secret to longevity over the years. Full video on YouTube.com/jrwatkis
Episode 38 of the Top Form Podcast features Kimberly Patterson. Known for her breakout role as Maya Fenster (lead female actress) in Nick Cannon's "King of the Dancehall", Kimberly Patterson was born on November 7, 1988 and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Her parents Annmarie Patterson, a local Fashion Designer, and Floyd Patterson, Retired Lieutenant Commander/Politician raised 4 children together with Kimberly being the third born. Kimberly's flair for the arts and her natural talents were discovered at a very young age. These talents expanded further throughout her youth into adulthood where she developed a stronger passion for the creative arts and makeup artistry.
Before Kimberly became an actress, she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Psychology - with a minor in Human Resources - from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She then became involved in the field of production under the guidance of local freelance producer Justine Henzell. Working behind the scenes as a Makeup Artis
In this episode Jr talks with ep. 37: Third World Band meaner Cat Coore on the heels of his latest album and single. He gives a revisionist history of Reggae Music and shares is disappointment with Dancehall artist’s inability to make music with longevity. The synergy between Grammy Award winning business mogul Damian Marley and Reggae Ambassadors Third World has produced their latest creative collaboration, Loving you is Easy to fans. The single features a mellow, smooth rocking Reggae melody. The full bodied melody features a harmonious whistle giving the single a playful elixir which speaks to the heart of dancers.
Celebrating over 46 years, the ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as "reggae-fusion".
A studio album is forthcoming
Episode 36 in this episode Jr talks with Gary Matalon, the CEO of KLE group. Gary has built businesses from the ground up. He is launching the first Franchise business from Jamaica in the UK in October. He shares candidly his experiences as a businessman and gives ground breaking insights into the sophisticated world of big business, and the virtues of networking. Mr. Gary C. Matalon, M.B.A., P.M.P. Upon returning to Jamaica in 1992, joined his family’s group of companies as a project supervisor to multiple affordable housing development projects at West Indies Home Contractors Ltd. (WIHCON). After gaining invaluable experience with the group, including Operations Manager at Redimix Concrete Limited and the return to project management for WIHCON, Mr. Matalon took the bold step in leaving the group to pursue his own ventures in project management and business development. Mr. Matalon has been a Director of K.L.E. Group Limited since September 8, 2008. Mr. Matalon serves as a Director o
In this episode JR talks with Wayne Marshall about his career as a musician and how he managed to remain relevant after all these years. Wayne Mitchell, better known by his stage name Wayne Marshall, is a reggae and dancehall artiste from Jamaica. He speaks openly about his spirituality and managing a blended family.
Episode 33. In this episode Jr Watkis talks with Tyrone Wilson, the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Group Limited. A digital media and advertising specialist. His business is powered by technology, creativity and innovation. Tyrone raised US$350,000 in a private placement deal with Sagicor Investments in Jamaica . He got Richard Byles to become the chairman of his company and touts a diverse service offering aimed at creating content that connects.
Episode 31 in this episode JR talks about 7 things artist can do to generate more money with their music. To support his podcast email email@example.com . This episode is sponsored by Zedoj Group of Companies.
JodiAnne Murdock is a Wedding Planner, car enthusiast and aspiring Television producer. She is the CEO of the Zedoj Red Ties and stilettos weekend 2018 at the Riu resort Ocho Rios, Jamaica on September 29-30. She shares her journey as a business woman and talks about the RTS entrepreneurial symposium. You may donate to this podcast using Cash app: $JrWatkis . Email feedback firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode Dancehall/ Reggae artist Khago talks his new single and album "Spirit". In his own words he highlight his reason for going independent and talking his career in his own hands by launching his record label.
In this episode Reggae musicians and actors, No-Maddz talk about their life and career as sings, actors, and poets. They share why the group is now only two members from the original either and their now personal relationship with Idris Elba.
In this latest episode, JR gives a lecture at the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He explores the road to turning your thoughts into reality by being mindful of the following strategies:
- Recognizing opportunity.
-Giving yourself the quiet time to develop ideas.
-The importance of setting goals.
-Minding the gold in your mind.
-Being willing to hear NO to get to your YES.
In this episode, I interview with Jerimiah Knight. Public relations officer at the United States Embassy Kingston Jamaica. He talks about his journey into public life, his love for cooking, family and his global experiences.
In this latest episode Kanye West's new album "Ye" is reviewed. Jr gives his perspective on making brilliant art and maneuvering the music business. World Music Views Chart Show has BTS, Cardi B, JBalvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna and Alkaline all at number 1.
Episode 16- May 26, 2018. Jr examines why the Latin American music is taking the word by storm and suggest ways Jamaican and Caribbean artiste can get a piece of the action. Word Music Views count down the top artistes in the world.
In the latest episode of the Donovan Watkis Podcast Alaine joins Donovan and goes in detail about her career, life, childhood, using technology to build a fan base in the music industry. She speaks on her demand in Kenya and moves in Qatar. Full video of the podcast may be found at youtube.com/jrwatkis
Debbie Bissoon brings the keynote to students at Ardenne High School at the second stop of the No Violence in Love School Tour. Runkus was the mornings entertainer and Donovan Watkis hosted. Special thanks to Ardenne High, and Dash Production. Episode ends with No Violence In Love theme song by Slashe and Ikaya