Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Michael G of Easy Star Allstars talks Thrillah on GO FEET! Radio # 207

It was quite a fluke how I managed to get an interview with Michael Goldwasser aka Michael G of Easy Star Allstars. Heres how it all happened.

I went looking online for any interviews with Michael G and found that Roifield Brown had recently interviewed Michael G on How Jamaica Conquered The World. I asked Roifield if I could use his interview on GO FEET! Radio as I was set to play Thrillah this week and was pushed for time to chase up an interview. Roifield came back to me with Michael’s contact details. To my surprise Michael was super keen to be interviewed LIVE to air, even though it would be 7am for him in New York!

Michael is the mastermind behind a unique musical genre – taking classic albums and re-imagining them as reggae. His production Dub Side of the Moon, a reggae version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, is one of the best-selling independent reggae releases of 21st Century, and has been praised by Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour himself. Likewise, the members of Radiohead are all fans of his album Radiodread, a reggae version of their classic OK Computer. His album, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band is an adaptation of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album, and it not only held the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart upon release, but it was the first reggae album to crack the Billboard Top 200 in over two years. In August 2012, Michael’s latest production was released – Easy Star’s Thrillah, a complete reggae version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. Hear music from Thrillah along with my interview with Michael G on this episode of GO FEET! Radio. Much thanks to Roifield Brown for helping make this all possible. Please check out Roifield’s Dub podcast, its great!
Epiosde 207, 12 September 2012
1. Easy Star Allstars featuring Mikey General and Spragga Benz – Thriller
2. Dubmatix featuring Sugar Minott – In The Ghetto
3. Katchafire – Working Remix [NZ]
4. Dub Colossus – Uptown Top Ranking [Negus Dub]
5. U-Roy – Dub With I
6. Leo Dub – Dub It Up
7. Augustus Pablo – Skanking Dub
8. Easy Star Allstars feat. Corey Harris and Ranking Joe – Time (Dub Side Of The Moon)
9. Easy Star Allstars feat. Toots and The Maytals – Let Down (Radiodread)
10. Easy Star Allstars feat. Steel Pulse – Good Morning Good Morning (Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band)
11. Steel Pulse – Ku Klax Klan
12. Aswad – Don’t Turn Around (12″ Mix)
13. Easy Star Allstars feat. Kirsty Rock – P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)
(((Interview with Michael Goldwasser)))
14. Easy Star Allstars feat. Mojo Morgan and Steel Pulse – The Girl Is Mine
15. Easy Star Allstars feat. Christopher Martin – The Lady In My Life
16. Easy Star Allstars feat. Michael Rose – Beat It
17. Babylove and The Van Dangos – Dub In A Hole
18. Stephen Marley – Selassie In The Chapel