Interview with Gus Berger

Duke Vin and the Birth of SkaNiceUp talks to Gus Berger, the director of the film, ‘Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska’.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background. When and how did you get into film making?

I owned a record store in the Degraves Street Subway in Melbourne from 1995-2004. I specialised in vinyl records, so when all things went digital about ten years ago it become quite tough to stay in business. (more…)

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NiceUp talks to Taos

NiceUp talks to Christchurch-based band Taos, who are touring New Zealand bringing their own heavy blend of dub, dancehall, reggae and drum and bass.

Tell us a bit about the background of the group – how did Taos come into being? 

The band was born in 2001 on Waiheke Island with members, David Walters and Chris Leqeta, who are the only original members still in the crew, and is now based in Christchurch. Billy Fluid, the original lead vocalist has remained on Waiheke Island, where he has pursued his own projects, as well as collaborating with producer Optimus Gryme. (more…)

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Interview with Reggae Rajahs (New Delhi)

NiceUp talks to New Delhi based crew, the Reggae Rajahs, about the emerging reggae and dancehall scene in India.

Can you tell us a bit about the Reggae Rajahs – where are you from, how did you start out and what are you all about?

We are New Delhi based, but have all lived abroad and been exposed to music from all over the world. Diggy Dang – born in Delhi, grew up in London, Manila, and the Philippines. Mr. Herbalist – born in Delhi, grew up in Singapore and Boston. Mo City – born in Baghdad, grew up in Delhi.  (more…)

Interview with The Red Eyes

NiceUp talks to Damien Charlie AKA King Charles, guitarist and producer and from Australian reggae band, The Red Eyes, who are set to tour NZ in January.

Who/what are some of The Red Eyes major influences and inspirations?

Of course like everyone in New Zealand Bob Marley has been a big formative influence for us.  The Twelve Tribes of Israel Grey Lynn warehouse parties were also a big influence, not to mention listening to Dubhead and Stinky Jim’s radio shows on BFM.  (more…)

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