RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON AND JAMAICAN ARTIST LE’ GATO
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Talk us through how the band came together.
I am a soloist artist, I flew to Jamaica to embark on my music career, where I met some incredible artists. While on my journey to Jamaica I met an artist called Truflex on the plane, we started talking and on the 9-hour flight, we found out we had similar interests in music. After hearing some of Truflex’s music on the plane, we agreed to meet up once we both got settled in Jamaica.
Truflex was on his way to meet Stylo G in Kingston Jamaica. I however was in Manchester in between Halifax and Mile Gully, I later stay with family in Kingston, and met up with Truflex a few days later, where I met Stylo G and we recorded my new single Wet. It was an amazing experience working with Jamaican Artist’s such Stylo G and Truflex. I personally can’t wait to share with you guys what I have in store, all I can say is stay tuned…
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I self taught myself to play the piano from the tender age of 3, and was caught singing away in the mirror. I wrote my first song called, Never Let You Down a few years later age 8, and the rest is history.
I compose, sing, song-write and produce my own compositions. I first learnt the formula to making prominent distinguished pieces of music, using Atari having listened too many different genres and styles of music, for example I love listening to Brass, Baroque, Classical, Jazz, Opera and Renaissance music. I tend to use elements from all types of music and infuse them with the Dancehall, Hip-Hop and R’n’B vibes that has carried me through till this day. I believe less is more, sometimes when it comes to music because it can become overcrowded with things you do not necessarily need.
Music requires space to allow the composition to be heard in it’s true form. I love experimenting with new and old sounds as it allows me think outside the box when it comes to my creative headspace.
When I create my compositions I can already hear and see everything which makes the writing process so much easier for me, because hearing all the elements in their true oneness, and finding space for them in a beautiful piece of music is a work of art.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Being asked do I drink or smoke? When I reply with no I don’t , it’s always followed with why don’t drink or smoke.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Anywhere music being shared around the world is a great idea, as it allows us all in 196 countries to celebrate each other’s culture bringing all different types of music to the industry and giving us a platform to express ourselves.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Unfortunately, I did purchase a couple of clothing items that if I’m honest I really didn’t need, as we were in a pandemic with no were to go. But at least my wardrobe was happy with the new clothes, while my bank bale wasn’t quite the same.
What useless party trick do you have?
What you see is what you get (Real Recognize Real) with me. I am down to earth.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Crowd anticipation, bringing energy to the stage.
What was the worst experience on stage?
PA system wasn’t working properly and I still had to carry on A capella while the show was going on and had a lot of feedback from the mic in the midst of my performance.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’ve been told by close friends and family my personality, and dress style is different.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not being able to spend time with family and close friends.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
The situation is one of my favourite songs to play live. The dynamic texture and timbre of this arrangement take you somewhere out of this world bringing peace and tranquility. The whole structure is an amazing piece and every time I sing I feel at peace.
I hear you have a new Song, what can you tell us about it?
I currently have a new single coming out on 19/08/2022 I’m excited to share this experience with you guys. It’s a Dancehall, Hip-Hop and R’n’B type of vibe. It’s a fresh new sound being sexual, sensual, and raunchy brings that zestful feeling. It’s explicit and straight to the point. I feel having a direct approach to a woman’s needs cuts out all the bullshit.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
I felt like the music industry was playing it safe when it came to bedroom music, but nothing really touched the surface. I wanted to touch my listeners differently so I took on a different approach. I let the music talk and through how it made me feel, I was able to come up with the iT factor giving my music what it needed when it needed it. I feel my new single Wet, is self-explanatory.
With its derogation in terms of lyrical content I think we nail it with this one. Having smooth melodic vocal, with that rough edge deep tone that Truflex brings and Stylo G genius pen game we knew we were onto something but nothing like this. I mean doors have opened for us drastically our song is playing all over the world and I’m excited and ready for the next faze on this incredible journey.
What was the recording process like?
We had great chemistry from the gate so everything else came like second nature to us. To have so many creatives in one space at the same time it was inevitable we would come up with something like this, and I feel what this has done for our culture, is taught us to be courageous and believe in our dreams, and stay focus on our goal and leave everything else to the highest Jah.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Never rush Greatness, Perfection, and trust the process.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I would like to add Live elements to overdub the sound and give it the separation and weight it needs but I guess we can do that at the live show.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Currently I am working on my Album, and my Fashion Show. Which is set to take place in America and Jamaica so that is keeping me busy.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I am pleased to be involved with One Media IP via Sony/ INNER REGION MEDIA PR/ New Money Records for the forthcoming B Movie Vegan Vampires from Zor with Mike Bennett as the Executive Producer, where are song is featured on the soundtrack which will also feature artists like, Sex Pistols, Melanie Williams, Sham 69, Fuzzbox, Gary Clail and many more.
Greta Jenkins who has looked after The Beat and Pete Wiley as well as being involved with the film adds ‘ This record is a “Cool Cut”.