As a teenager I had the privilege of going on international tours with my father, while working as the sound engineer for his band, The Dennis Bovell Dub Band. Seeing them perform on the same stage as artists such as The Roots, The Wailers, and Mc Solaar inspired me to develop as a musician.
Off tour I was in the studio gaining invaluable experience while watching my dad, write, produce and mix songs for a variety of artists from Alpha Blondie to Wet, Wet, Wet. In addition to on-the-job training my dad also instilled in me the value of a formal education. So I went to college to study Performing Arts then graduated with a BA in Commercial Music.
You're a self-confessed 'messed up guy', how did this affect in the sounds of ‘The Emergent EcleKtic’? Who's the 'Emergent EcleKtic'?
Bobby: Being a self-confessed 'messed-up guy' enables me to write honest music for people who, like me, want to love themselves but still want to experience personal growth.
The album title, 'The Emergent EcleKtic', refers to the single narrative emerging from mulitple musical genres.
What about the process of creating/recording this album?
Bobby: The process of creating this album was a lenghty one. Some songs such as 'Rosie' and 'Hiding' were written a few years ago. Other songs, like 'New' and 'Love, Hate' and 'Wrestle with Angels', poured out of me like water. There were songs that I'd write then a few months later I'd revisit to rewrite the methaphors or change the song's structure. It was fun to see the evolution of a song during the creative process. My producer, Chris 'Baby' Brooks, and I started with 20 songs then weeded out the ones that didn't fit the concept of the album. I really enjoyed being in the studio and creating. I was fortunate to have talents like Linslee Campbell, Paul Blake and Mark De-Lisser there to record vocals, offer direction and assist with vocal production.
What artists are the biggest sound influences on this album?
Bobby: I'm really inspired by artists like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley. I admire those artists whose lyrics provide some form of social commentary; music that is not just music for music's sake. I'm really influenced by jazz, soul, reggae, latin, folk, electro funk and a whole bunch of genres. That's why the album is so 'ecleKtic'.
In the album, we can find some guests; Ricardo 'Rocstarr', Jahaziel Elliott, Joel Duntin, Damian Chandler & Muyiwa, etc. Tell us about these collaborations.
Bobby: The collaborations on the album are very special to me. The featured artists are all friends or friends of friends. I know Joel Duntin from the church singing circuit, and have always loved his voice. I met Jahaziel when he came to the studio during one of my recording sessions with Linslee Campbell. Muiywa and I were on the same course at university. I've known Ricky 'Rockstarr' Williams and Michaela Mathieu-Marius, of The Company, for years. They were introduced to me by my producer, Chris, 'Baby' Brooks. Chris also brought Damian Chandler onto the project. I've also got Mark De Lisser on backing vocals.
The Sounds from ' The Emergent EcleKtic' with BOBBY BOVELL
What sounds can we find in the album?
EXCHANGE: hip-hop pop with electro beats.
THE WAY: reggae with a 70s feel.
NEW: melodic reggae soul.
ROSIE: bass heavy reggae with a 80s dancehall vibe.
KNOWN: Nu soul vibe over hip hop beats.
POSSIBLE: electronic futuristic funky soul.
HIDING: British hip-hop soul.
LOVE, HATE: latin infused soul.
ME, MYSELF AND GOD: upbeat pop/rock.
WRESTLE WITH ANGELS: acoustic folksy soul.
SUPER LORD: soulful rock.
THE EMERGENT ECLEKTIC: a soothing soulful lullaby.
Tell us about your upcoming projects, plans, gigs and future appearances.
I'll also be filming music videos this summer and doing other gigs that will be posted on the website once they are all confirmed. For regular updates you can follow me on @
In the future I hope to be making music, acting, snowboarding, and preaching the message of hope.
What's you message or advice for the readers, music listeners, fans and specially young performers?
Bobby: My advice is identify, nurture and trust in your god-given talent; it is what gives us a clear picture of what we are supposed to do to make the world a better place.
'The Emergent EcleKtic' is out NOW.
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