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Reggae singer Louis Atlas Indepth Interview with Dancehall Reggae World


US-Based Reggae crooner Louis Atlas had a sit down with us and spill some beans on his music career in an exclusive interview.


The full interview session is posted below. Enjoy!


1. Could you please introduce yourself to the Reggae Music world?

Louis Atlas - songwriter, poet, musician and lover of Reggae Music

2. Where were you born?

Rochester, New York

3. In Jamaica there's a difference between Dancehall and Reggae music, How would you classify your Music, Dancehall or Reggae?

Reggae - roots

4. Who or what influenced your career choice?

Bob Marley. I also love and have been strongly influenced by Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott, Don Carlos, Black Uhuru and The Skatalites. Reggae came to me as a revelation one sunny day after I returned from Jamaica. At that moment, I felt the music in my soul and never looked back.

5. Did you get formal training in Music?

Yes. Boston Conservatory of Music, Vocal Instruction, Piano, Guitar

6. Do you write your own music?

Yes

7. If yes, where do you get your lyrical/inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from all the influences of your past and what is happening in your present. The words come to you as you live, feel and experience life. You can sometimes decide to write a song about a particular subject, but if that subject is not personal and coming from opening yourself to the universe, it usually doesn’t work.

8. Who is your mentor in the Reggae music field?

I was friends with Sugar Minott and he gave me inspiration and confidence.

9. Which of your songs do you love the most?

That often changes with time. Sometimes I listen to, or play a song that I haven’t played or listened to in a while and I say “wow I like this.” At this moment, the track “Drifting Further Away From Me” on “Coconut Dream “ is probably my favourite.

10. What is your worst experience since you have started doing Reggae?

That is a tough question because I have gained so much knowledge
and insight from being involved in Reggae Music that it is hard to classify any experience that I have had as negative.

11. Your best experience?

This year 2019/2020 being the First Round Grammy® Nominee for “Coconut Dream” in the categories of Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Reggae Album and Best Engineered Album. Truly an honor.

12. If you were to change something in the Reggae music field, What would you change about the industry today?

More Roots oriented new music to build on the foundations of Reggae.

13. What advice would you give to young upcoming artists?

What I say to myself every day courtesy of Jimmy Cliff: “You can get it if you really want, but you must try, try and try, try and try. You’ll succeed at last.”

14. How would you describe your music to people?

Melodic Roots Reggae with a pop sensibility

15. What image does your music portray?

Life, love, social consciousness, heartbreak

16. What are your career goals?

I keep it simple and straight forward: Keep writing, recording and performing as much as possible. Stay on track and you will reach the goal.

18. How do you market yourself?

Combination of me and a wonderful public relations firm, Patti Conte Ltd.

19. Do you have a manager?

I do have a manager, Carol Green, with whom I consult with as different opportunities arise.

20. If no, who handles your business?

21. Are you assigned to any specific label?

No

23. Do you have any new project working on or to be released in the near future?

Yes. Going into the studio in January to begin my 5th Album with my longtime Producer Christian Cassan.

24. Have you ever gone on any major tour/tours?

Not yet.

25. What is the biggest festival/stage show you've performed on?

I did a show at Amazura in Queens NY with some great legendary Reggae acts. Also just returned from a successful show at a festival in Italy.

26. What's the name of the first song you recorded and released?

Shadow

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