Grammy award-winning reggae artist Lee “Scratch” Perry is known for his influence on legendary artists such as Bob Marley and The Beastie Boys, as well as an outrageous personality that is one of a kind. Tomorrow night (May 17), fans in New York City will get a chance to see Perry in action.
If you're looking for a reggae show to crash, Boomshots has got you covered. They are giving away two free tickets for the stop at the Gramercy Theater. Head over there to answer their “million-dollar question” for a chance to win.
For more background on Perry, Emch of Subatomic Sound System toured with him and was able to get comments on some topics of interest. Read on to get an understanding of how the mind of Scratch works.
On the jungle:
“The jungle provides all the songs. It is the magic yard and the magic field. It supplies the sense, the healing, and everything. Most of the songs are in the jungle because the animals are our ancestors, the inheritants of the jungle. They know many things that you don’t know.”
“It’s like a book open in the air and sometimes me hear new words coming from nowhere. Same words get boring sometimes. Sometimes you hear a song you know and instead of the same words all the time, it’s new words—new riddim but the same song. You must be free to extend yourself, to extend your vision. There is no mistake in music. The game is making the impossible possible. Music itself is magic. You mix the magic with nature and good feelings. If you make the music sexy, the girls start to dance sexy. It’s bed business.”