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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover pulls back the curtain on the issues, back-stories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena. This reggae podcast features discussions on the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers. Highlanda Sound produces this Caribbean podcast with new episodes every Monday. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reggae-lover/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
 
Rebel Radio is brought to you in partnership with EDM.com The Art of Selling Without Selling Out. Rebel Radio shines a light on cultural pioneers and their influences, reflecting on the roots and future of underground culture. We engage the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with — and how we spend our spare time and loose change — and explore what it means to be a creative entrepreneur today. Our weekly interview show explores the journeys of those who do it bes ...
 
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We discuss the reggae industry's focus on vanity metrics such as social media likes and YouTube views versus actionable metrics like engagement and sales. Reggae/dancehall fans find ways to get new music for free (YouTube, mixtapes, sound system audio, email blasts, SoundCloud, etc). They form opinions based on the opinions of others if they have t…
 
Once in a while I like to practice giving up control. This week I hand over the mic (Not literally, we both had mics otherwise you'd only hear one person which wouldn't be great unless we were doing a one-person podcast, which we aren't. So glad we cleared that up.) to my collaborator Ethan Baer. Ethan is an entrepreneur whose hustle I respect a lo…
 
We talk to Maxi Priest and Jonathan Emile who collaborated on Emile's recently released "Babylon is Falling" Remix. Reggae music has always been at the forefront of social and political issues. One example is Bob Marley's participation in the Amandla Festival of 1979 in Boston. There, Marley performed in support of the anti-apartheid movement and t…
 
Legendary rave promoter Disco Donnie is our guest this week.He was perhaps the only promoter to be prosecuted under the draconian "crack house statutes" that were invoked to try to bring down dance music in the late 90s. Even that couldn't stop him.Today, his operation is stronger than ever. Donnie recently bought back the company that bears his na…
 
We list our Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs of all time. Ras Jamal from Royal Ethiopian Sound joins the discussion to give his analysis. We define what a revolutionary song is and how the music of the 70s differs from the messages in today's music. There are different kinds of revolutions. The conversation takes us through the some responses that …
 
An in-depth conversation with Steve "Urchin" Wilson, a part of Sean Paul's management for the past 18 + years. We discussed how Steve has been pushing the culture in nightlife and through his work in the recording industry. He shares how he got started in the business, and his thoughts on Jamaica getting more hardcore about honoring reggae icons. W…
 
The Vault: Classic Music Reviews podcast host, Brian Cox gave us an education on the island of Grenada. As a first-generation American of Caribbean descent, Brian shared his unique perspectives. Brian described the soundtrack of Grenada, and how music has changed there. We learned about the music and food you would encounter at a typical Grenadian …
 
Blake Coppelson turned his Proximity YouTube channel into a record label and is now building the company into a lifestyle brand. Want to learn how?First, he built the channel up to 8 million subscribers by posting the hottest EDM tracks each week. Listen to the interview to hear the rest, and where he's planning to take it next, and what he's learn…
 
A look behind the scenes with Neil Robertson, a music industry exec. from the golden era of reggae and hip-hop. Neil Robertson worked behind the scenes as an A&R for Island Records. He was also a label manager and marketer for Island Jamaica. Neil was in the boardrooms and studios working with Beenie Man and Luciano to launch them internationally. …
 
I love this one because we're highlighting two entrepreneurs building something in the middle of a pandemic.They aren't waiting for things to get back to normal. They know they don't have it all figured out. They're just executing. They're passionate about the cause, and they're using what they have to create value, to be a beacon for other people,…
 
Popular reggae artists have pushed the sonic envelope recently. The reception by reggae lovers has varied. There are different perspectives on why this is, and if its the right direction for the music. We analyze perspectives and presumed motives in the context of the current revolution and in general terms. Listen to this episode to hear: Reaction…
 
I caught up with Felix over FaceTime at his home in Berlin.At only 25, he's already had a #1 hit in over 55 countries (2014 remix of Omi's Cheerleader), and been through the ups and downs of mental health challenges that often ride alonog with success. Just before quarantine, Felix visited the Plum Village Buddhist Monastery in France (is that like…
 
This is a special episode.Raymond Roker has been more of a mentor to me than probably anyone else. He gave me my first job out of college and he helped me start a career in marketing when we launched an agency together over 20 years ago. Even though it's been more than a decade since we've worked together, I still hear his voice in my head sometime…
 
Our special guest is Walshy Fire from Major Lazer. We enjoyed reasoning with someone that AGARD and I have known for decades. Before the podcasts, and before all the fame. If you're not familiar with Walshy Fire I don't know what rock you've been under. He has been everywhere in the world to deejay. Walshy Fire talked about the state of the culture…
 
Could Bunny Kitty become the next Snoopy? Persue is gonna find out.Today, graf artist Persue gives us a masterclass in branding. After getting his start as a designer for DC Shoes, he went on to build a career painting walls and doing brand work, and then developed Bunny Kitty, an anime-inspired character that has turned into its own brand includin…
 
We are back with a new season after taking an eventful summer break. Our first episode, Caribbean Black Lives Matter, features Nick, the host of the Jamaican State of Mind podcast. At the time of recording this, we were grappling with strong emotions. This, as a result of the series of events ensuing from the George Floyd lynching. Caribbean black …
 
"We're all human and we're all going to have some days where it feels like the walls are crashing in around us. But most of the time, I think if you can focus on the tasks at hand rather than the big picture, that's going to keep you kind of occupied."Wise words on staying focused during these trying times from Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, guitar play…
 
Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and Reggae Music Forever blog. Certainly, we discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture with Reggae Music Forever including topics: Firstly, Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae. Secondly, The overlooked conscious dancehall movement. The American reggae scene. Compar…
 
WALSHY FIRE STATED THAT “JAMAICAN ARTISTS ARE ON THE VERGE OF CREATING A NEW GENRE” IN A RECENT INTERVIEW. THIS CLAIM WARRANTED FURTHER EXPLORATION SO WE WENT IN ON THE NEW MUSIC OF JAMAICA. Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, and Da…
 
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