The sounds of Jamaica and Los Angeles intersect in the music of BAMBAATA. In his new video for "Unconditional", the west coast based artist takes his lush and eclectic sounds into the forrest. To support the release of upcoming new music, BAMBAATA discussed his home country and the impact that Los Angeles has had on him since moving stateside.
How has your time in both Jamaica and LA influenced your sound?
I was born and raised in Jamaica, so the feeling of the country is embedded in my soul. But I was also blessed to have traveled and experienced many different cultures which also influences my creations.
How does LA’s musical climate compare to that of Jamaica? How does your aesthetic and genre fit into the scene here?
I'd say the climate there is very similar to LA. There's creativity and art around every corner. The air is filled with art and there's unlimited talent, the arts rule. I'm not into any specific scene. I feel like I represent many scenes, and I think the music will fit in with everyone.
What’s been your favorite LA discovery? It can be anything from a fellow musician to a taco truck.
First I wanna shout out Leo's tacos and Cactus! But my favorite "discovery" in LA is knowledge. I learn from the people I meet, whether homeless or wealthy, young or old, knowledge is all around us. There's never a dull moment cause there's always something new to learn. I dig knowledge.
As the first Bambaata single of 2017, what does “Unconditional” represent for the coming year?
My song "Unconditional" represents my feelings. When I say "miseducation of humanity sufferation leads to insanity," that's the truth. The song for me is about the struggle to find that place of harmony; it's about looking at the human race and realizing we can be in a better state of being. The hatred that has stained us is a plague in our existence, and love rules over all bullshit. That's the message. I've never known anyone who doesn't want to live and love.