It’s been a great 12 months for reggae outfit Love Culture.
The group is a familiar one to music lovers here in Cayman, with frontman Stuart Wilson and his band ripping up stages regularly over the years. The singer and songwriter caught up with Weekender this week to talk all things music.
How has 2014 treated Love Culture so far?
So far, 2014 has been treating myself and the band very well. I received a small grant from the Cayman Islands government through the Ministry of Culture which allowed me to do a series of promotional shows in February, which is Reggae Month in Jamaica, in addition to two shows in April. The people are responding well to the product, although I know I will have to go back to Jamaica for an extended period of time in order to truly make an indelible mark on the musical landscape there and thus the world.
Where are you based now?
I am based between Cayman and Jamaica at the moment, although I will be spending more time in Jamaica as of June. I’m doing this in order to seek opportunities and partnerships that will bridge myself and other artists in Cayman with the world industry via Jamaica, which is the hub.
How has Jamaica responded to the band?
Jamaica has responded to the band very well. One of the highlights for me so far was opening the Reggae Month and performing for people like Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond, who were among the patronage watching the show. I feel blessed to be on this journey.
I have also had several encores at shows, which has been really encouraging. For instance, in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, we were called back to the stage four times consecutively and ended up playing for nearly one-and-a-half hours.
What are you doing at the moment?
I am currently in Cayman doing a video for a song called “Real Come Back Story.” It has gotten a lot of airplay in Jamaica and was voted one of the top 22 trending songs in London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam by TOP22 in October of last year. I am doing the video now to further the campaign and let people have a visual to know which artist is responsible for what they are hearing.
Any more news on the album?
I have an album’s worth of material, but I am not going to package an album at the moment, as I am concentrating on getting several good singles under my belt that people know and are familiar with. Once there is enough music that enough people are aware of, I’ll deliver a full-length album.
What is the master plan for the rest of 2014 and beyond?
The master plan for the rest of 2014 is more silence before sound, more quietness before action. Other than that, there is another single I hope to launch later this year in addition to playing more shows.
Any collaborations coming up?
I’m currently looking into doing some work with an artist whom I have admired for a long time, but I am going to keep it a surprise until the music is on the reel. There are many whom I admire and respect and would love to do something with though.
Wilson says he and the band are hoping to raise funds to help with their journey. Anyone interested in assisting should contact him at 925-8569.