Interview: Glamour Wayne
I had approached two previous sound system selectors and was stood up for the interviews with not so much as a phone call to cancel. But I will not write about the negative, I will focus on the positive. I stop at the door nervous when I realize that this is my first interview with a sound system selector and I have to do it in front of six people that I do not know. Would I look crazy to them? Would I be able to pull off this whole website project I so strongly believe in? I quickly say to myself "Peach you're always starting things and not finishing them. Do not let fear stop you, get yourself together and get that interview." At that moment Glamour looks up, smiles and waves me into the shop. Okay here we go, let's get this show on the road. Now there is a little delay because I just bought this tape recorder and I don't even know how to work this darn thing. Richard being the ever so calm cool brother that he is takes the recorder and prepares the recording for me. I must say that Glamour soon made me feel like we known each other for years. I hope you feel the same way. When you finish reading this go in the VIP Room and drop me a note.
Brnangel: "Could you introduce yourself to the badh readers?"
Brnangel: "Could you tell me how you first come to start playing
on the sound systems and which system was the very first one you played on?"
Brnangel: "And where are they based at?"
Brnangel: "Ok, I'm familiar with that area."
Brnangel: "That's the name if it now? " (Looking and sounding
Brnangel: "The one which Junior P selects on? The Soul Supreme that
is based here in Brooklyn, NY?"
Brnangel: (laughing because one learns something new everyday. I make
a mental note to check into for a possible interview with Junior P.) "Okay
all right. Now when did you first come to American and start playing on the
sound systems over here?"
Brnangel: "Okay I came onto the dancehall scene back in 1995 and
I use to hear your name mention for all the dances back then as well as now."
Brnangel: "Were you free lancing then, like you are doing now or
were you playing on a set?"
Brnangel: "okay, now correct me if I am wrong but I thought Gemini
was based in Jamaica?"
Brnangel: "What were some of the names of the selectors that were
on that sound system when you were playing with Gemini?"
Brnangel: "See I learn something new everyday. I never knew Billy
Slaughter played on Gemini." Which are some of the sound selectors you
feel are top of the top?"
Brnangel: "How do you compare
the dances now to dances five or ten years ago?"
Brnangel: "Why do you feel that way?'
Brnangel: "Now you bring up that the selectors play a couple of seconds
of music and talk the four minutes and you can't dance with your girl, however
I noticed that when I go out I see no dancing at all."
Brnangel: (I'm cracking up laughing because it sound funny the way Glamour
explains it but I understand what he is trying to say.) "The reason why
badh was started because we noticed that reggae music is about to cross over
mainstream in the American music industry. Just the other day I hear Star
of Hot 97 talking about Jamaica, Foxy Brown going to Jamaica to do her video
as well as Sean Puffy Combs and Missy Elliot doing the Sashi event. A lot
of artists are sampling with the reggae beats. At one time you didn't have
this. How do you feel about this?
Brnangel: "Do you feel that in the next year or two reggae music
will be at the level where you see a lot more reggae artist at the Grammy,
Soul Train and American Music Award shows?" Because you see Beenie Man
along with Mya, Nelly Futardo and Missy Elliot, Barrington Levy with Shyne
just to name a few that is really rocking the r&b world with the reggae