Jamaican Music Music Interviews

Conversation with Reggae & Dancehall Artist, Teflon

Written by Xavier Murphy

This week we caught up with upcoming Reggae & Dancehall artist Teflon, who is performing at Sting 2014. Born Shaniel Andre Watson the fiery reggae artist is from St. Mary which has produced many of Jamaica’s popular dancehall performers including Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Capleton. Here is our conversation with Teflon.

Q: Tell us about your background and how did you get started in the entertainment industry?
A: I am from a community called Jacks River in St. Mary. I got started in the music business at a very young age based on the fact that my father had a sound system called ” African Roots” wherein I would learn about different versions of music and how to flow on beats. So it was only natural that right after I finish high school that music would find me and I break into the main stream at the age of 17 wherein I have done a world tour with Sizzla.

Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: my sound is very unique because I am a very versatile entertainer and I ensure that my flows and vocal delivery are current.

Q: Tell us about your latest song Donkey Lense? Did you write the song? What was your inspiration to write the song?
A: Donkey Lense is a record that I decided to write and release because the music scene needed that fire right now. It’s basically to show the industry that I am the best lyricist around and also to show that my production skills are at the highest standards.  Big up Down To Earth Records and Yard A Love Records for the inspiration.

Q:  You will be performing at Sting 2014 this year. Do you remember the first time you ever got on a stage to perform? Where was it and what did it feel like?
A: Yes I will be performing at Sting this year and its the first time in over 3 years that I fans will see I grace the jamworld stage… so you know that a crazy fire I will be bringing over there no fake fire to I thing. Yes I remember the first time I perform on a stage… it was for I and I school choir at a competition in Port Maria in which we later when on to win a gold medal in the competition. The feeling was great because at that point I and I community and St. Mary knew that I was on a path for greatness in the music business.

Q:  What projects are you working on right now?
A: I am working on my soon to release album titled”Different Dimension ” which is targeted for the international mainstream market. Also, I just finish up a dancehall riddim juggling that I am producing. Outside of this I am working hard on the local scene to reclaim the music game.

Q:   If you were stuck on a deserted island and given the choice of 5 songs to put on your mp3 which artists would it be?
A:  Teflon, Sizzla, Bob Marley, Drake & Peter Tosh

Q:  Growing up my hero was…
A: Marcus Garvey

Q:   A movie I never get tired of watching is…
A: Godfather

Q:  Thanks for your time. Do you any closing thoughts?
A:  You are Welcome. .. Right now me come back for the music game and I wonder if people don’t see how the state of our music is in, because we don’t have any international record labels  or investors looking in Dancehall/Reggae direction. So I am going to charge that because the music lacks someone with a solid brand.
 

Learn more about Teflon here

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Xavier Murphy