10 Questions With… Clinton Sly
August 8th, 2013
Montreal's Clinton Sly has been featured on so many awesome tunes lately, with collaborations with Illoom, Blend Mishkin and Variedub from Strictly Dub. He can be heard on Seed Organization's newest single Can't Divide out now on Green House.
What musical projects have you been working on lately?
I have been working on various singles here and there featuring styles from Dubstep to Dancehall. Some people think I should stick to one thing, but I think I just love music so much, that I just don’t watch genres. If it sounds good then it’s all good. Hopefully I’ll have an EP of some sorts, sometime soon. I definitely have some unreleased material that can finally be put to use.
When did you start making music and what made you start?
I was always into music, in some way or another. My siblings and I either sang or played an instrument but I didn’t start taking it seriously until about 1996. At that time I was singing out reggae hooks for a Hip Hop crew. Since 2001 I sort of moved on and off the solo reggae and dancehall thing. As you can see, more, “on” in the past couple of years.
How would you describe your current sound?
My sound is the champion sound! Haha, more like rough dancehall vocals with a touch of sing-jay style. It all depends on the song content and the production.
Who are your biggest influences; musical or otherwise?
I’d say that the 80’s, 90’s and some of the early 2000’s of reggae and dancehall are some of my biggest influences musically. As a youth, I’d mimic the songs that my father was playing out of his record collection. But the 90’s era I think had the most influence on me. Artists such as, Ninja Man, Shabba Ranks, Mad Cobra, Buju Banton and Capleton were putting out some of my favorite tunes. Other than that, I also grew up listening to various genres of music. Soca, Calypso, House and a little Hip Hop.
What is an average day in your life?
The daily commute with my mp3 player playlist. Reggae all day, everyday.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People who complain and do nothing to solve their simple problems.
Thinking back to your childhood, what were your first experiences with music? What songs do you remember most as a child?
The earliest reggae tune that I remember hearing is, One Draw by Rita Marley. I’m sure I had no idea what the song was about at that age. A fun thing that my brothers, sisters and I would do as youngsters was make up funny little songs and record them on our first cassette deck.
Do you have any other interests or talents that you would like to share?
I do some music production whenever I can, sketching/drawing & hanging out with my family.
How do you like to relax when you are not making music?
When I’m not making music and listening to music or catching up on some DVD movies and TV series.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?