Lutan Fyah's vision of never ending musical growth Image

by Biko Kennedy

"My hope is that my music remains a magnet. This is what I have been doing," explains Lutan Fyah on the heels of releasing his latest album Get Rid A Di Wicked. As his musical reach continues to inspire the world over, we caught up with him discussing everything from his vision of Reggae music's growth to always aspiring to inspire with his musical offerings.

JAmusic: Music lovers globally will always be looking for that new, impeccable sound that can be looked upon as leaders of the new wave of vocalists. How would you define a musical genius that can eventually become a vocal leader?

LF:A new sound is always expected. For me it’s a redeeming sound that makes you feel like something special is in the ear.  But, there’s no way to describe a real genius because he/she is original like a pure spirit…and maybe that’s a good definition for something impeccable—pure and original.

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the Reggae soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?

LF: I read Bob Marley’s bio and by looking at his life, according to what was written, I come to realize that he was prepared for each move. I think risk is a responsibility in the case of an artist/vocalist.  Knowing what’s there, what you can achieve and work towards it hard… and smart. Make a plan, prepare and execute. What do people call taking chances? I don’t take chances and I don’t know what that means. I do what I must do to make things work and that’s natural, not a risk. I can innovate if it’s honorable.

JAmusic: How do you think the album Get Rid A Di Wicked will impact your growing fan base as well as attract new listeners?

LF: It will contribute positively to the reggae movement, I’m sure.

JAmusic: With every album that an artiste releases they intend to tell a specific story. What is the tale being told on Get Rid A Di Wicked?

LF: This album is made by just vibing artistically. For months Breadback and I spent a lot of time putting words and melodies together. Happy times mostly. No story really.

JAmusic: What specific elements do you think characterizes your growth as an artiste from Dem No Know Demself to Get Rid A Di Wicked that we'll hear on the album?

LF: Well you can check my style from then up to now and do your judgment, but yes, I have a lot more studio experience and this allows me to confidently take deep and easy breaths while making my music more attractive then before--my vocal style and melody lines also improved overtime.

JAmusic: When you look back on the journey it took in creating this album, what lessons were learnt along the way? Be it about yourself or musically (story telling/lyrical composition).

LF: It was a fun endeavor. Breadback and I just did what felt right. We both learned more about our musical selves in terms of how we know what to do… when we do music.

JAmusic: What song(s) on the album does the band hold closest to the heart, that you guys simply can't wait for everyone to hear and why this particular song?

LF: The title track Get Rid a Di Wicked is the song we like--the groove gives us the old school, everybody bawling vibe, and keep you bouncing with a simple melody.

JAmusic: What do you hope listeners will take away from Get Rid A Di Wicked?

LF: I hope all my fans and listeners grasp that old simplicity of my music and that I innocently do.

JAmusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads?

LF: ALL my songs are on spot messages, ALL…. that’s what people would call a risk, I guess. But I call it natural; it’s not a life and death condition.

JAmusic: Who's the artist that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?

LF: I really don’t take much time to pree what artist is doing. But their music may keep me dancing.

JAmusic: When you got into the music business where did you think you'd be today or where did you see yourself fitting in at the moment?

LF: I’ve always seen myself doing good shows and good music. And yes I know…have always felt that it was ordained for me to be on the reggae stage, without doubt or second thought. I am in Jah Rastafari lane. I’m not trying to fit in. I’m on tour now in Europe for the second time since 2014 began on massive annual festivals and its only 7 months since 2014 began.  I have been touring for 13 years and will be touring for many years to come.

JAmusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give?

LF: Uniting people through my music is my main mission. I think we can all unite and live together without issues and that is what my music says day after day. I know that unity is strength and I always believe it’s a good weapon to achieve anything collectively.

JAmusic: What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart?
LF: Love is the Only Absolute by Lutan Fyah

JAmusic: We live in an era where the average person's attention span is limited to what they want to see or hear. What are you doing differently that will hold their attention?

LF: I do the usual thing. Keep my spirit clean and Jah does his work. I keep pace with the times and stay true to my spirit. My hope is that my music remains a magnet. This is what I have been doing.

JAmusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?

LF: I’m human. So, I sometimes get vex and cuss bad word when negative come my way. But then Jah give me clarity and peace.

JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)?

LF: I don’t have plans. Jah have my agenda set. All I want to do is play reggae music better and more appealing. I’m not keen to be on no fa?ade. I’m ok with the few good soldiers that fallow my sound. I don’t want to be like whoever is on the mainstream--not a bit and in no way at all. I respect the achievers and love my Black brothers greatness but I prefer the Rasta way. I want to maintain my Rasta culture and my Selassie I message.

JAmusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent?

LF: Bob did it best and then died as a young man.  Music is that which give you a new vision, of the vision of life.

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