For the latest Open Space, Mass Appeal linked with Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx.
“I’ve been writing songs for a long time,” says Chronixx, who is preparing to release his debut album, Chronology this year. “I started recording gospel music and reggae music when I was like 12, 11 and from then I just kept recording and writing until I started producting the beats as well”
Over the past few years, Chronixx has elevated Jamaican music to new heights, touring the world, rocking major international music festivals, snagging an endorsement deal with adidas, and performing not once but twice on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.“Bob Marley is still more popular than all of us, and that’s not a bad thing—that’s a good thing,” says Chronixx. “But at the same time I feel like our game need fi step up as young musicians, until we can truly say we are continuing what Bob Marley started.”
This conversation holds special significance in this time, when Jamaican sounds and styles have never been more popular around the world. “When you listen to some of the biggest pop songs in the world, likkle remnants of reggae is present,” Chronixx says, noting that Rihanna has made top-quality dancehall records over the past year. “It was meant to inspire people, that’s what reggae music was meant to do… My only problem is when Jamaicans sit back and complain about it and not make music. There is no dancehall song coming out of Jamaica that is at the quality of ‘Work Work Work.'”
Chronixx is currently touring the U.S. on the Chronology tour. “We do music because it is a love affair we have with music first and foremost,” he says of his new track “Likes,” the first single to be released from the new album. “The business, music business, show business and entertainment business revolves around that love, and trying to make sure that people in this love affair survive.”