Interview: Ian Sweetness
BADH: Could you please tell BADH readers what your name is?
Ian: Yeah, all right, Ian Sweetness this.
BADH: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?
Ian: Well, when I was young, you know (he pauses as
if to think). Very, very young. Hmmm, I can't point out which age still, but
I was very young.
BADH: Did you start off singing in the church? The reason I asked this
is because a lot of singers started out in a church choir.
Ian: Yeah. I started from inna di church, you know what
I mean? In the area in the ghetto, a ghetto superstar. (He laughs).
BADH: Who was your most inspirational performer before you started out
performing and why?
Ian: Teddy Pendagrass, because of the way he performs.
The energy, excitement and the spiritual feeling he gives and Michael Jackson.
Yeah, dem two.
BADH: Can you tell our BADH readers who may not know your name, but know
your voice some of the songs you have performed?
Ian: "First Year Love" in 1993 on the Penthouse
label, "Show a Likkle Kindness" in 1993 on Bobby Digital and more
tunes for Jammy's and all other major producers.
BADH: Who are some of the artist you have worked with throughout your
Ian: Well, to tell you who I worked with, I would have
to call everybody's name, know what I'm saying? I have worked with the king,
Dennis Brown, Third World, Freddie McGreggor, Ghost, my friend, Shabba, everybody
man, everybody (he smiles at this).
BADH: If you were to do a duet with any artist of your choice, who would
that person be and why?
Ian: It must be a female artist. (He pauses for a minute)
Who can I say now?....Nadine Sutherland, because a long time I hear bout Nadine
( singer of the 1993 hit "Action" in duet with Terror Fabulous)
before I knew I was going to be a singer. Nadine is one of the "more
up to date" with her stuff. Marcia Griffith, yeah, mmmmmmmmmm.
BADH: I never got the chance to tell you that you made me feel so special
when you came to my birthday party and sang to me. Thank you so much.
Ian: (He laughs and tells me thanks. He has a look on
his face as if he is reliving the night of the party).
BADH: May I ask you how old are you?
Ian: Well, right now me a turn 35 years old.
BADH: What is your zodiac sign and what signs do you think you are compatible
Ian: Sagittarius, all a di December, August and February
ladies. Dem nice! (he has a big smile on his face).
BADH: Are you single or involved?
Ian: I'm single right now. (He has a serious look on
his face when I asked him this question. I decided not to ask anymore questions
on this subject).
BADH: What are some qualities you like in a woman?
Ian: She has to be progressive and has to represent
me. She has to be intelligent with a head on her shoulders.
BADH: If a person was interested in booking you for an event or show,
how could they get in contact with you?
Ian: I can be reached at Ras Moses at Inner Beat Records. I have
a number one tune in Florida right now called "Little Green Apple".
It a bust di place now.
**I have to give thanks to Ian for taking the time out to do this interview
for me. Not only did he do the interview, but he took me around Don One's
Studio and introduced me to some artists that I have to feature here
on BADH in the future. Ian, I wish you much success and happiness in your
future. Thanks for giving me a chance and believing in me from the beginning.
May GOD always bless you!!