Walk The Walk The WebSerie
With more than 11 albums behind him, Martin Nathan ventures into many artistic and stylistic experiments, under the name of Brain Damage. He has spent 15 years alternating between his solo project and music collaborations in order to establish the roots of his musical art. His friendship with Samuel Clayton Jr, sound engineer and internationally recognized producer (Steel Pulse / Toots & the Maytals) opened the door of the legendary Harry J Studio (Bob Marley / Burning Spear), and offered him the opportunity to attend some interesting meetings and to work, during unforgettable studio sessions in Kingston, with legends such as Horace Andy, Kiddus I, Willi Williams, Winston McAnuff and Ras Michael.
Everyone single one of them was able to travel to the musical universe suggested by Brain Damage, and was able to follow the style suggested by the artist. Thus, they wrote the majority of their songs about their infancy, childhood, youth, and education. The result of this collaboration is unique. It is a mixture of maturity and freshness probably due to the openness and talent of each protagonist. The dub/reggae album « Walk the Walk » came out on October 16th on Jarring Effects.
Here is this opus genesis : discover now Walk the Walk’s legends on video!
The director Wasaru joined him during his journey in Jamaica. This was a great opportunity for him not only to create and artistic work but also to hear these legends narrate their childhood memories. It had a heritage value. In this 8 episodes of the web series « Walk the Walk » we can find a photo of the 60s and 70s Jamaican life, anecdotes about the different characters, mythical events of the island (Bob Marley, Tosh Pete) and intimate confessions.
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EPISODE 1/8 : HORACE ANDY
The singer with the unique voice. In this episode Horace Andy presents the way he was “discovered” singing on the street. He also speaks about the moment he recorded his first song in 1967 at the age of 16 (including the first time he smoked pot!), about his idols Jimi Hendrix or Dillinger and about his different careers: mechanic, plumber, bricklayer…
EPISODE 2/8 : RAS MICHAEL
He is a striking illustration of a certain social status. Ras Michael lived in really poor ghettos. He had no place to sleep and he barely could buy enough food to survive. However, he became the first rasta to host a radio show in 1967. In this episode, he also mentions some of Bob Marley’s memories of the legendary One Love Peace Concert 78 and explains how this legend «borrowed» from him some of his songs.
EPISODE 3/8 : KIDDUS I
Kiddus talks about his special relationship with his grandmother and presents his point of view about politics with great finesse. He has grown in the city and in «wild life»of the countryside, so he gives us a simple and smart ecologist speech about the way the system prevents autonomy.
EPISODE 4/8 : WILLI WILLIAMS
Willi Williams lived in different places across the island and spent a lot of his time surrounded by famous musicians (Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Sly Dunbar). He developed a passion for history in school. Thus, in his songs he tells stories about slavery and he narrates important historical events such as the 1966 Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica, a milestone event in his life.
EPISODE 5/8 : WINSTON MCANUFF
This episode presents the friendship between Winston and Stephen Stewart, the special atmosphere of the recording session of Lion and goat (Brain Damage) and the dark matter of the song Malcolm X. This classic reggae song, covered for the first time by Earl 16 in 1975, had a huge success when Dennis Brown performed it in 1977. However, Winston, the author of this hit has never received any credit for that.
EPISODE 6/8 : SAMUEL CLAYTON JR
Sam Clayton Jr. – a key figure of the album, producer and renowned sound engineer – was used to travel between France and Jamaica. In this episode, he explains us the way the project was created: his friendship with Brain Damage, working with Stephen Stewart, and the unusual meetings he attended…
EPISODE 7/8 : HARRY J STUDIO FT. STEPHEN STEWART
One who took over the reins for 17 years tells the story of Harry J Studio. The studio which was founded in 1972 with the intention of having nothing to envy to the great New York and international references, it has marked the history of reggae and welcomed Bob Marley, Toots, Burning Spear, Pete Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. Stephen speaks with humility one of his secrets: a special room…
EPISODE 8/8 : BRAIN DAMAGE
Martin speaks about the project genesis, his desire of playing in duo and his willingness of changing enhanced by discussions with Sam Clayton.
The final idea arises with the death of John Holt, and the desire to evoke childhood memories of these artists – the context of how they grew up, by whom they were raised, and their background takes a testimonial