Fari Music Interview
In keeping with my mission to promote consciousness through weekly music interview of various artistes, I present to you a talented singer, songwriter and producer, whose music is all about love and positivity…consciousness!
Please introduce yourself to our audience.
I am Ricardo Reeves aka Fari from the green hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. The name Fari is short for Rastafari (my professed way of life then and now). It was given to me by peers and friends alike back in my days at Edna Manley School of Music. It stuck with me ever since.
What drew you to the music industry?
What drew me to music was the love of it since childhood. From bird’s chirping in nature to a song on the radio, always had an ear for pleasant or arranged sounds. I decided I was gonna pursue this new found calling, this passion. Ended up studying the components of music from a theoretical stand point, thus ending at school of music which led me to the classroom for a brief moment as a teacher.
However I wasn’t gonna stay there, being on stage was more my thing. Performing with a live band in front of an audience and recording in the studio is where the real magic happens. As a result I did most of my own production as an independent recording artist / producer / songwriter.
I started out small from scratch up. From the streets where I did it all. From karaoke to mix tapes. to putting out flyers all over Kingston where I lived at the time, to stage shows got some radio and TV publicity both locally and overseas. Put out a few records which made its way to different countries like Europe the USA, even Australia, which still plays some of my records. Also online platforms like Spotify, iTunes apple music and various others.
What is the big dream?
The Big dream is to touch people’s lives in a positive and meaningful way, to inspire change for the betterment of humanity and to leave a positive legacy as well.
What are some of the challenges you face and how do you handle it?
Greatest challenge so far is the actual getting the music heard. Apart from the censorship is the payola (pay for airplay) thing as they call it in Jamaica, which I’ve fallen victim to. The industry has a lot of potential for making money and as a result it attracts all kinds of people trying to get a slice of the cake.
Unfortunately, some want the whole cake for themselves, but music is bigger than all of us. It is a very powerful tool and should be used wisely. So the corruption in the industry is a big road block for talented people. Not all of us are after fame and fortunate you feel me? Some of us are on a divine mission.
What is your latest release?
My latest project to date is an EP titled “Soul Searching”, it features a 6 track CD. I also recently released a single called “Love You So” on various major online platforms, such as iTunes. People can stream it on places like Spotify, etc.
Which artistes would you collaborate with in the near future if you had the opportunity?
As far as collaboration goes I’m open to work with artists that are on the same vibe or energy I’m on. In music chemistry has a lot to do with most things.
What has been your greatest achievement since you started doing music?
Greatest achievement I would say is to have total strangers I’ve never met in places I’ve never been hit me up saying how much my music touched them. As someone who still has far to go that’s very reassuring.
What is the impact you want to leave on the people who listen to your music?
Impact is to touch lives of all different backgrounds. Start a movement maybe change society, why not. No limits!
How can people find you online?
If you had the opportunity to mentor upcoming artistes, what is the main advice you would give them?
My advice to upcoming artists, young talents is to always believe in self. No matter what and always keep working on your craft.
Who would you like to shout out for supporting your music career?
Shout out goes to everyone who played some kind of role in my journey to where I am thus far, no matter how small, much appreciated. Always keep me inspired to inspire!
Thanks for sharing with us and best wishes on your journey to success.
Also thanks to Mystique E-Magazine for this platform much 💘 and respect goes out!
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