Murlo Mass Appeal Interview

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Mass Appeal came to join us at RBMA studios after our radio show with Murlo for an interview, read the full thing here for an insight on what’s to come from Murlo and Mixpak !

If you missed his NY show with us, he will be back at Palisades on Saturday May 23rd.

Dre Skull Fader Interview

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The Fader interviewed Dre in conjunction with the new Blacklight Riddim release! Head here to read in full and a snippet on how it was made below:

I built Blacklight riddim a number of years back and recorded Tifa’s “Rock My Body” on it, thinking it would be a Mixpak single. Before I released it, RCA heard the track and wanted to use it for Shakira, with their idea being to keep the hook and rework the verses. So for about a year or so it was on hold with them. They got a number of different writers, from Angela Hunte to Verse Simmonds, to write verses with Shakira in mind. In the end, Shakira went in a very different direction and it wasn’t used. Once [RCA] passed on it, I started playing with the track and reworking the instrumental a bit and decided to release it as a proper riddim, so I took it to Kingston this past February and got some new voicings.

Popcaan at Scandinavia Reggae Festival


Popcaan plays live with the Dub Akon band at Scandinavia Reggae Festival this weekend in Copenhagen! Tickets and info here.

He was also recently interviewed by Hattie Collins for Red Bull, discussing his album, to perceptions of Jamaica and shooting The System video:

’Nuff people say Jamaica is the worst place. We have a saying where I grew up, ‘The best come from the worst’. It’s a small place, very small, people say all kind of bad things about it. But I feel it’s how people try to paint a bad picture about Jamaica – why? So much positive things come out of Jamaica. They say Jamaica is a violent place. People come and party and they say ‘If you go to the garrison people will come shoot you’. It’s people trying to say bad things – why, when we have good vibes?

Read in full here.

Palmistry Interview on The Fader

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Check out last week’s Palmistry interview on The Fader, for their ‘Dollars to Pounds’ series. He discusses how he came to make music, some of his processes, his collaborations with SOPHIE, how the video for ‘Catch’ was made and being #emotional. Read the interview in full here and watch out for more Palmistry on Mixpak soon.

Popcaan on Radio Lily

We’re celebrating the release of the first single from Popcaan’s new album today on Radio Lily. Tune in to our regular Mixpak Sound System slot at 6pm EST on to hear Dubbel Dutch, Jubilee & Dre Skull in the mix followed by a live interview with Popcaan in Jamaica with Max Glazer.

Dre Skull Interview on SPIN

SPIN have just published this interview with Dre Skull, where he talks about life before Vybz, life with Snoop and a bunch more:

“For whatever reason, I’m most fascinated with pop music,” says Hershey, listing Miguel and 2 Chainz as artists who have inspired him. The Brooklynite’s fixation is present in the unity between his work’s supple structures and expectant melodies. And the subtle influence of hero Lee “Scratch” Perry, in particular, can be felt in the way his hits echo and resonate in their afterglow (Kartel’s “Half on a Baby,” for example). “In Kingston,” Hershey says, “dancehall DJs on the radio have a wide format and freedom in the music they play. On Zip FM, every genre is heard — disco mixed into house mixed into country mixed into dancehall.” His label’s releases mirror that philosophy: recent records traverse the deep waters of southern rap, underground club, house, and soca.

Read the full interview here.