Jeramiah Ferrari; merging the sounds of yesteryear with the essence of today Image

by Biko Kennedy

Not very often do you come across eclectic bands such as Jeramiah Ferrari; but the moment you do you simply can't help but watch/listen to them in awe. We recently caught up with the band after their supporting performance with UB40 to explore their latest visuals, Burning Inferno and their dreams of the future. 

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the Reggae soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?
We have taken influence from many different artistes from old to new to create a new sound.

JAmusic: How do you think a single such as Burning Inferno will impact your growing fan base as well as attract new listeners?
The fans seem to really dig the track. When we ran it at our live shows before we recorded it the reaction to it was really awesome, so we kinda had a gut feeling that it should be our next single. Personally I think the track really shows our love for Bob Marley and The Wailers, and would go as far to say its probably the most roots reggae influenced track we’ve ever written, but its also got a very contemporary feel to it.

JAmusic: Can you talk a bit about your self-titled debut project.
We recorded the album at The Grand Studio in Clitheroe. Its an awesome place and has a really chilled vibe, which is important because it takes the pressure off and allows the creativity to flow. We laid down 11 tracks of original material, and also recorded a cover of Sam Cookes ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’ The majority of the tracks were completely new material when we recorded them, which we had written over the last year, but we also re-wrote and re-recorded a couple of songs from our EPs.

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?
We feel that one of our tracks ‘ Mindless Riots’ was a great success for us, we felt we took a risk writing about something controversial and it took off instantly. (It was based on the 2012 UK riots).

JAmusic: Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?
We’re really into a London based band called the Skints their music is fresh and they have a sound that we really dig.

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?
Being a band is something we all love, we never really think about expectations we’re just enjoying the ride doing something that we’re passionate about.

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?
If we had to pick it would most definitely be something written by Bob Marley, he’s a massive inspiration to us.

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?
We’re just being ourselves and if people dig it then that’s awesome!

JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)?
We just wanna keep playing our music to people who want to hear it, hopefully we can start to travel further afield sometime soon.

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?
Music is something that brings people together no matter who you are or where you’re from, we’re just happy to be using our music to reach people.

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