Rising Music Star Alekey Marshal Speaks on ‘Desperado’ his latest song
Alex Ochieng Awinda, best known as Alekey Marshal, is a song writer, guitarist and an afro-pop, reggae dancehall musician. By his own admission his music is about things he sees around him, his imagination and his vision of how society should be. We caught up with him for a quick chat session on his music and latest song release:
KB: Have you worked with other musical personalities before?
Yes. I’ve worked with Gilad on a song called ‘Give Thanks’. It received a reaction from Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s daughter. I’ve also worked with Seroney and Juliani on separate music projects: ‘Afrikan Queen’ and ‘Mission’.
KB: Who influenced how you project yourself musically?
I have greatly been influenced by Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur and Whitney Houston.
KB: After successive back to back hits, you just released ‘Desperado’ which is doing incredibly well on the airwaves, tell us about that.
‘Desperado‘ is a song narrating how I fictionally fall in love with a lady I hooked up with for a one-night stand. Even though it wasn’t supposed to be something serious, I couldn’t help it; I’m desperate for her love and now want to be with her.
KB: Who did the audio and video production of the song?
The audio was done at Urban Scorch Records by Producer Cha-cha Rich with the video direction by Nezzoh Monts.
KB: What inspired the video concept and more specifically, choice of location for ‘Desperado’?
We wanted to achieve something different, simple yet classy. With the Spanish feel of the song, our attire had to be more official to achieve our intended goal. The location of the shoot was actually inspired by the song itself, we wanted a cool, classic background where the models could also freely do their modeling stuff for the video. The open field location has a black skinned model, we wanted to break stereotype and bring balance in the video.
KB: The video has garnered over 15,000 views in just over a month, how would you describe the audience reception to the hit?
The reception to ‘Desperado’ is like no other. The most important thing for me as an artist is constant growth and ‘Desperado’ has been received positively by the people and the fan base continues to widen. I respect that the people themselves find the music entertaining because this is a good base of growth and longevity.
KB: Any more projects we should expect in 2019?
I have worked on several projects, singles and collaborations that I will be releasing this year. I would say that I’m just getting started. Working together with Producer Jubba White from Portland Oregon and DJ Ashad from England, who both discovered my music online will see some Jamaican collaborations come to pass. Hopefully it’s going to be a great year.
KB: What is the one thing you’d like to tell your fans?
I would love to tell them that I really appreciate their support; God bless them. They keep me motivated to write more great music and I won’t let them down, we’re just beginning!
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