Tell me about the Acts 29 project.
Acts 29 is the name of the Youth Group at the Church Braille, myself, and Soul Plasma attend in Portland Oregon Called New Beginnings. The Cd is a full length with about 16 full tracks. It has Production by Myself, Braille, and 2 by this guy named Cody Johnson. It has live elements like Guitar, and Live Keys Played by myself and Paul Anthony our studio's owner and beats from my MPC2000. We will have it done and in our hands by August 1st.
Did you meet Braille at your church, or did you known him previously?
I met Braille about 5 months after I took my walk with Christ seriously. This was at the 1999 Cru-vention a Christian artist gathering in Florida. I've only been in Portland for about 2 months now.
What made you decide to move to Portland?
Well... after Braille and I met about a few days after meeting there in Florida we made up and became a crew called Return to Sender. I wasn't in any college at that time, just working... I went to a school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida near Miami for Graphic Design. While in school he and I kept working together to drop Return to Sender (RNS our abbreviation) I graduated school this past March, so I came out here afterwards It was a 2 year process and we had an album, but decided at that point that we were much better than that. So, we planned to do more new joints since my Production kept growing better and our writing... so we just did more and more at that time he lived in and a year ago he moved out to Portland. I came to Portland now to record and finally do this album at a fresh studio. Which this studio will in the new future be my Publisher for music works I do
So how did you get into hip hop?
I just turned 22 early this month at about 10 years old I would only play video games all day and watch TV or movies. I heard a lot of things when younger in New York on the radio, but it's funny.. the first thing I ever liked and listened to was Boys to Men when they first came out... with that Motown Philly song. Across the street from me when we moved to Queens NY at that same time my neighbor across the street is cousins with Dove Plug 2 from Da La Soul so he rhymed a little... but back then I knew nothing about that. I was always in church with my Mom, and playing video games. I just grew with it though from there. The 1st album I ever bought as a kid was the 1st Onyx album. Ironic huh? Boys to Men then Onyx, my Family is from Jamaica West Indies so none of them got me into Hip-hop but into Island music
How would you classify your style as an artist?
It all depends on how I feel of how the beat makes me feel. I've been influenced by the Native Tongues, which was Da La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Tribe Called Quest.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I really leave that in the Lord's will, I never expected to be here in Portland ever. If I were asked this question a year ago I wouldn't have said this.
What would the ultimate reward for you be?
To make it to heaven and be told that I was a good and faithful servant, nothing else
What is your favorite Bible verse(s) and why?
Galatians 5:22-23 (The Fruits of the Spirit) these are the things that make up the example of Christ to be seen in our lives daily. Love, Joy, Patience, Peace, gentleness, Faith etc.... Above all as Jesus said was for us to show Love in all things. To our Enemies, to The Father of course, and to our neighbors, this probably isn't a specified favorite just one that I use to check myself and make sure these Fruits of the Spirit are in and of me.
If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?
This CD by a Jazz Trio off of Blue Note called "Soulive" maybe. I really don't just chill and listen to much, and if so it's in the car, and it's a tape of either beats or songs mixed together of various things.
Personally what does hip hop mean to you?
Hip-hop to me as hip-hop was introduced to me as was to be myself, not to put on a show and fake what I have or what I can do. This is something that is completely missed right now in the current state of Hip-hop. I'm glad I don't really listen to much out there anyway so it's cool... Live instrumental music is where I get my music fill. No words needed, I make up my own, or just meditate.
Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?
My parents! They in no way ever influenced me into hip-hop music, my Pop plays guitar though, and they are Jamaican (from the West Indies.) My mom influenced me spiritually to the point in which I am at now, but they both encouraged me to do what I have to in Life, and not depend on someone to always be there to pick up after me, or to help me out. Pretty much making my personality capture that of an independent individual. I receive help when offered or when needed, but I hate to freeload or always get taken care of past what is needed. Musically as far as Hip-hop and why I started producing was due to the likes of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, The Beatnuts, and Shaheed (Tribe Called Quests' DJ and Producer.) Their beats were always on either a party type vibe, were on the other hand Premier would have Raw head banger beats. They had great formulas and beat samples. (I speak for the timeline of about 1991-1997.) Premier still makes a few gems here and there, as far as I've heard, but none like those in that timeline.
How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?
I feel my music will give the listener a sense of what I'm about, what I represent, and the Love Christ represents. Bringing forth a message of Repentance through Conviction, not killing a person through Condemnation. Some people need to go back and read John 3:18 and remember Christ came not to Condemn, but so that all that believe upon him would not perish, but have everlasting life. That's what I'd like for the listener to receive and feel that they will receive, plus sincerity in all I say and do. I also feel they'll see an authentic quality and passion for what I produce and speak. There are times where there are fun songs too, but not frequently for entertainment purposes.
If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be?
Magneto's magnetic ability, I'd be able to land planes safely that were near crashing, plus move cars out of any parking spot I'd want at Parks, Malls, and your local Grade X meat fast food Joint. Can't forget those traffic jams; I'd clear a path for myself. Oh yeah, and my neighbor.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Working at a Taco Bell in 1995!
What should we expect from you in the future?
Expect by God's will, this Acts 29 album by Braille, Myself (Ohmega Watts) and Soul Plasma within the month of August. Return to Sender album, which is Braille and Myself, probably, a solo project from me, and some other things that may surface or stay underground, by parties I will not name. It's secret…Shh!
What is one lesson God is currently teaching you?
He's been teaching me patience... patience... patience! I was always an impatient kid. If I wanted something, I wanted it now. I wanna go to the store, or to Jamaica "When do you want to go son?" Now! A little extreme in the context, but I wasn't impatient with everything or everyone... which is the same now, but Jesus is teaching me how to be patient with all, in every situation, not half, but the whole way. The Fruits of the Spirit gives this example also to be PATIENT! One thing many have to understand is that all of the Fruits fall under LOVE! You've heard it, but when you LOVE someone or something you are patient enough to wait for him/her/or It to get to where you are or where you are going. Think about it.
Are you performing regularly?
For the past 2 ad a half months yes, at outreaches we've had with the church, at the Youth Rec Center of the Church Braille and I attend here in Portland, Oregon and we have something coming up this Saturday in Salem Oregon.
How can your fans contact you?
Mi bredren can contact me through email if they'd like. I check it when I can and more times check, but respond pretty late, but email is the best way. Omega1@prodigy.net