Feels like it has been a while since I did one of these posts but I interviewed Serani whilst he was over here. We had an interesting conversation where he reveals what he first saw in Mavado (as part of Daseca, they gave him his first hit and produced most of his classic debut album), the importance of dance-inspired songs in the culture, and as the artist with the hottest dancehall song prior to Gyptian he tells us what it takes to make a hit song.
Read it all here
Wanna know the difference between Hold You and the extremely popular No Games by Serani? First and foremost Nicki Minaj's addition, secondly a UK label with something to gain signed. Did Universal really care about No Games? I guess we'll never know. Shout out to Level/Ministry of Sound.
Gyptian's Hold You entered the national UK chart @ number 16 with sales of 23,500 which for a song that had been known about and highly rated for well over 8 months is a big achievement. Plus, XFactor people were in the charts too. To kind of things in perspective, he beat both of Tinchy Stryder's singles. For those who don't know, Tinchy was the best selling male in '09 with over 1million single sales. Had it been released early I have no qualms in saying top ten.
Just thought I'd brag about when I said it'd be a hit or when I blogged how big the original is back in March. Or when I mentioned it in top 5 tracks to look for back in April. Regular will have seen me write that nuff times. Such is life.
Oh and on the subject, I showed Serani the copy of a magazine where I reviewed No Games (his big hit that buss in 09) from back in September 08. Let's just say he was impressed :oD
And yeah, you can find out the first female to remix Gyptian's Hold You, tranisition from roots reggae to lovers dancehall and working with Busta Rhymes and Mary J Blige here
Catch other interviews I have done with some of the biggest UK, US and Jamaican artists here