ONE ON ONE OUT-A-ROAD
In the last column you guys got a glimpse of what life is like with Wayne Marshall before the release of his new video (My Heart). In this column we will continue the line of greatness with G-Whizz.
Setting: Under a Streetlight in front of Fams House Studio
Interviewer: Shanique Campbell AKA Shani
OutARoad: How old are you?
G-Whizz: I wish to not give my age but I was born on January 28, 19--(unu figure it out)
OutARoad: …ok then…how long have you been in the business?
G-Whizz: Professionally, six and a half years but in music its not so easy to get a buss cause there is a million weh a try get a buss and a million weh buss already. So its very hard but my break was in 2009.
OutARoad: Does the political turmoil that we are in now affects you musically in any way?
G-Whizz: Mi nuh really hav no problem enuh, mi jus neutral. Me wi perform at a function weh Portia Host and then perform at Bruce function to. For me, Music has no barriers.
OutARoad: Am glad you said that… and in that light, how widespread do you think that your music is?
G-Whizz: you can never really and truly tell how widespread it is enuh but kno that “Life soon sort out” was at the number one spot in England for seven weeks, then for five weeks in Canada, it went to the number one spot in the Bahamas and it was number one on all the charts in Jamaica so I know that the spread is global.
OutARoad: You touched on the point that the spread is global, so with that how influential do you think your music is? Look at the "Clarke's" series and how it has fashion in a frenzy, do you think that it is in the same way that your music is influential?
G-Whizz: Music is powerful and has a big influence on as well as contributes to the society. Fi me yow, mi deh pon di good side, good influence. People stop me all the time and tell me how my songs uplifted them. So it is just as easy to influence them negatively. So me wi keep doing positive music. When I was younger, and even now I listen to Jimmy Cliff, "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and Sizzla's "Rise to the Occasion", and it motivated me to get where I am today.
OutARoad: What's the philosophy that you live by?
G-Whizz: Be yourself… there is only one you. If people don't love you for who you are, DON'T try to change to please them.
OutARoad: What's your advice to young artistes out there?
G-Whizz: Do music because you really want to do it. Follow your dream and Never Ever Ever give up!
OutARoad: What do you dislike about the music business?
G-Whizz: What I dislike is that it is hard to get a spot and it's even harder to maintain it. However, in terms of the good and the bad the good things kinda overshadow the bad still. I mean what's better than getting paid for what you love to do.
OutARoad: Finally, if you were not G-Whizz and was just Garland, what would you be?
G-Whizz: (shakes his head)
OutARoad: you can't think of anything?
G-Whizz: Well I use to do carpentry when I was in high school, however I don't see myself doing anything else.
Well I hope that I was able to satisfy the taste buds of all you G-whizz fans out there as well as gain some more members to this fan club for those who didn't like him before. For this artiste "Music has no boundaries" and the spread of his music proves just that. Well folks, some deep thoughts until the next column. I'm your girl Shani saying PEACE and GOD BLESS!
WRITTEN BY: SHANIQUE CAMPBELL