JAMusic: Music lovers globally will always be looking for that new, impeccable sound that can be looked upon as leaders of the new wave of vocalists. How would you define a musical genius that can eventually become a vocal leader?
JM: I believe the key to becoming a leader in music is creating your own style or sound. Once you’ve made a shift in the music industry or anything you are doing, you have now become a leader. I’d also like to say that music isn’t only about vocals.
JAMusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?
JM: Well, A lot of indie music globally is slowly drifting into mainstream because people are yearning for something new, especially in this new age where things get old quickly. I have taken alot of influence from these indie artiste’s and somewhat role models for me and have allowed me not to think i can create whatever sound I would like because music is an art.
JAMusic: How do you think a single such as “Babylon” has impacted your growing fan base as well as attracted new listeners?
JM: I think the difference of my sound has made people love this track, i know fans and friends who listen to it over and over. And i feel everyone can relate to the track as I’m speaking to people being free from the ‘Babylon’ in their life, whatever it may be. And the sound of Babylon is so unisex, it isn’t just a soft thing for girls or overly hardcore for men, I think it strikes that balance that it is ‘listenable’ to everyone.
JAMusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads?
JM: I think the concept of the video for my first single ‘Black skin’ was a big risk because there was nothing really that artistic or even conceptually deep as the video coming out of Jamaica. So i’m not sure if people got it. That I was just singing about my ex-lover who was my sin and I had to be baptized to be renewed of him.
JAMusic: Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?
JM: As of now, ME! I think i didn’t push hard because I knew i was talented and that what I had was good but now i’ve just decided to go hard or go home on my terms. I couldn’t care less what people think, this is my art & I NEED it to work.
JAMusic: When you got into the music business where did you think you'd be today or where did you see yourself fitting in at the moment?
JM: I saw people getting excited about my sound that it spread like wildfire, that didn’t happen so, I decided I needed to be aggressive and let people have to get used to something that didn’t fit. However I do think the musical atmosphere now with all these international acts blending the Jamaican music, people will be accepting more experimental music. I see it happening already. So maybe I was 2 years too early.
JAMusic: What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart?
JM: “They say our dreams will carry us & if we don’t fly we will run.” - Santigold, Disparate Youth. That line, changed my whole attitude, that I’m going to be determined and persevere with my sound and work as hard as i can to make my dreams come true.
JAMusic: We live in an era where the average person's attention span is limited to what they want to see or hear. What are you doing differently that will hold their attention?
JM: I find that when something is different, person’s pay more attention versus when you start listening to a song or watching a video and you can just throw it in a category with the rest of the stuff that is out there.
JAMusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?
JM: I”ve dealt with ‘haters’ in the past just from being me. That was one of the toughest times of my life. But now it’s like, if someone doesn’t have something bad to say, your not doing something right. And people are entitled to their opinions, so don’t take it personal. I see some opinions and it stings just a little then I laugh and think it’s silly. True Jamaican, tek bad tings mek joke. I cannot deal with negative feedback from people close to me. :( lol
JAMusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)?
JM: To be consistent and always keep growing. I want to have international recognition, and i wouldn’t mind if I do it independently but If i were to get a good major deal I would take it.
JAMusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent?
JM: Music is the most powerful medium I believe, just because it doesn’t touch just your ears, it touches your soul, your body, it can make you move, it can be therapeutic. That is powerful. Also our subconcious picks up subliminal messages and if the way you write doesn’t directly say something, your subconcious will pick up on the true meaning. And I believe people love ‘Babylon’ for that reason because of the underlying message that didn’t even realize they resonated with. I think it’s too early to call what my music represents from what i’ve put out so stay tuned. It will however always have soul in there.
JAMusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give?
JM: My purpose is to bring a new sound, a new face to the Jamaican music scene and offer more musically coming out of Jamaica. There isn’t necessarily a message except I’m human too and these are things I go through too. Nothing more I love when I find a new artist with a unique sound that i can relate to and sing out and vibe to.