We Love Jungle presents: An interview with Cheshire Cat

We Love Jungle presents: An interview with Cheshire Cat

What does Jungle mean to you?

Jungle means unity, strength, power…our music, our style, reflecting us.

Where were you in the ‘golden’ age of Jungle?

I was working on reggae sound systems in those times, but I would rave on my free weekends….Mythology, Perception, Fantazia, Coast to Coast (brum) Quest, Hummingbird, Q-club, it was so different from the Reggae scene. Everybody loved up and so into the music, happy, crazy times…smiles for miles.

Who are your influences, past and present?

My influence was always Reggae music from the 70’s right up until now. U-Roy, Big Youth, Ranking Dread, Supercat, Early-b, Briggy, Josie Wales, General Trees, nowadays it’s more roots heavy dub.

Has your approach to MCing changed since you first started out?

Not really, I’ve always used writing lyrics as a way of putting your point across. When I started you had to have a bag of lyrics because you would hold the mic all night not just for an hour, so all subjects were covered. Blues parties and sound clash dances gave me a lot of schooling…love it.

What’s your top Jungle tune at the moment?

Bruk out – Jungle Citizenz.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you did at a gig?

Never had any really. Too busy locked on to notice…always in the zone when working.

If MCing wasn’t your job, what would it be?

Last job I had was roofing and metal grinder…always worked in music in some shape or form since then.

Any new projects coming up?

Got a new EP out later this month with Chopstick Dubplate, Aries and Jacky Murda. It’s called Chopstick in Wonderland and look out for All Massive-Jungle Alliance-Jungle Citizenz Remix…Soon to come Blessnuttinless.

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