Magnet Man's debut album entitled Magnificent now includes his brand new
single, Wanna Flex, with a launch in the UK slated for May 2006.
The following interview took at the Hull City Hall on May 27th 2006.
I read that you were brought up in the Silver Hill area of Barbados...could you tell
me a little about your upbringing?
Silver Hill is a project area...government houses, that kinda area.
You have a lot of families living close together - it's like what you would call a
council estate in this country. It was rough place, a lot of drugs and gangs, y'know?
For me growing up, I saw that and I didn't want to get involved.
It wasn't where I wanted to go in life. I started out in an a cappella group and we
just used to stay at home and rehearse... we were heavily into American R 'n' B, and
I used to listen to a lot of music growing up because of my Dad's massive record collection
You started out in a band called '4 De People' Was there any particular reason why
you went solo, or was it something that you always intended to do?
I'm ambitious. Each point in my life has been a stepping stone, and eventually I had to go solo.
Being in a band, part of a unit, is good for a while, but I wanted really wanted to do
my own thing...I wanted to be a superstar!
Your first major solo performances were on an international stadium tour with Busta Rhymes.
How was that? Were you nervous?
It was huge, man. My first date was at the MEN Arena in Manchester, followed by a date at
Wembley Arena. It was really good for me.
[I don't get nervous because] I love performing
and I had toured a lot in the Caribbean with '4 De People', so I was really
experienced and had already found my feet before I did those dates.
You performed at the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh with Daniel Bedingfield and wrote and
recorded a track with Granada's XY called 'Make a Difference especially for the event'.
What did Live 8 mean to you? Do you think it achieved what it set out to do?
In a lot of ways it did, but it's an ongoing thing... the campaign needs to carry on.
I still wear my Live 8 band on my wrist; I never take it off - I even shower with
it on - because it's something I believe in. Everyone must unite to eradicate poverty.
There are a lot of rich countries in the world - surely they can do something together.
We're all human beings and we've gotta look after each other.
Music Reviews - Thursday 1st June 06 - The Johnsons, Unless, The Everydays and special guests from Japan The Warm at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Thursday night saw four different live music acts playing the De Grey Street venue.
The night was organised by Matt from The Johnsons and new management team
Silver Star Media fronted by Gareth Jones.
Their night was once again up against some fairly stiff competition in the
form of The Paddingtons who were playing Staks Café Bar fifty
Music Reviews, Galleries - 22nd April 06 - The Dirty Dreamers do it for thisisUll.com at The Adelphi
You missed it? You were there? Well, whichever - here are some photos from the gig back in April,
organised by local boys with the eye lashes, Dirty Dreamers for thisisUll.com.
A brilliant gig - thanks to all of you who filled the Adelphi and showed us all your
appreciation for local brilliant bands and a local brilliant website!
We're here for you, by you. Don't forget,
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May 06 - The Beautiful South at The City Hall with support from Aberfeldy By Michelle Dee Photographs by Matt Rudd
Yesterday was a very special day. Around five o'clock on Thursday evening, I was listening to
The Beautiful South sound check.
The hall was a hive of activity with technicians climbing rope ladders to the gantries,
erecting barriers at the front of the hall, and making ready for the first TBS gig
at the city centre venue for over 16 years.
I listened to the band running
Music Reviews, Galleries - Saturday 22nd April 06 - Dirty Pretty Things in Bristol By Julia Grant
Music Reviews - 21st April 06 - Chaser at The Bluebell Riverside Restaurant, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Chaser are a well-known band in Driffield, largely due to having been around for
a few years now, and because they are mean purveyors of some truly awesome cover songs.
Driffield, unfortunately, is pretty thin on the ground when it comes to great bands worth
shouting about. Since the main venue in town,
Mavericks nightclub, didn't renew its entertainments license,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 2nd May 06 - The Sesh With Ivy Sins, Cherry Cob Cartel and The Blueslide Circle By Michelle Dee
This weeks Sesh night down the Linnet and Lark fell just after yet another bank holiday weekend. This meant that many regulars were spent up or still feeling the effects of partying till the wee small hours. I know my own weekend was full of drunken forays into various different pubs in the Avenues area.
The highlight of my weekend was on Sunday night; yes the Sunday Sesh had
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - John Copley, Afterglow and Sidewinder at Quayside By Emily
This relatively new night has been running at the Quayside for just over a month now- named
Quintessential Sessions- with live bands and fine Indie tunes every week.
However, this gig showed the best turn-out so far.
Regardless of whether this was due to the bands individual followings or simply word of mouth,
it still proved that this night
Music Reviews - Wednesday 19th April 06 - The Peasants, The Blackouts and The Landaus at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
It was only a week ago when I met The Peasants for the first time but I had heard them
being played by Alan on Raw Talent a month or two back.
Also Steve Rudd had reviewed their CD on this site and as
often happens round these parts I had been bumping into Jody, singer for
The Peasants, regularly on the Avenues.
Tonight, I was determined to see them.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - Heat 10, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Ten - The one with Violets and Right Handed Trousers ...
Intriguing band names was the order of the night. I have met the 59 Violets many times and always wanted to know where the name came from.
I don't know Franks Right Hand Trouser but in their case I dare not ask ... something to do with trying to get dressed when drunk?
Tonik have been
Music Reviews - Wednesday 29nd March 06 - Heat 9, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Nine - Turn left at Spaghetti Junction for Hollywood town ...
Tinsel Town it ain't in Hull but I reckon our entertainment is just as glam and glossy as theirs.
We had our very own A listers performing - our very own Brad Pitt alias David Elf, our very
own Danii Minogue on bass and Meg Ryan on keyboards....not to mention Magnum PI as MC.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th April - Swellbellys, Assert, C-Squat and Undefeated at The Ringside By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
When it rains it pours, as the saying goes, and this was very much true of Hull this
evening, with big shows on at pretty much every proper Hull venue.
Ringside weighed in with a heavyweight punk show, literally, with the monster that
is a Swellbellys and Assert tour, their first together in over three years.
Kicking off tonight's proceedings rather early, it has to be said, were
Music Reviews - Wednesday 12th April 06 - Tarifa at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
I have known of Tarifa since they opened the
Renegade Writers Live Event at Ringside last year.
Since then they have been hard at work practicing, writing and strengthening
the ties within the band.
Tarifa recently played at Music Man but tonight was the first
time I'd seen them since last year.
After a delayed start (they didn't take
Music Reviews - Sunday Sesh 2nd April By Michelle Dee
To kick things off we had a few numbers from Mr. Baggott.
He started with a new one I didn't catch the title then his usual Blur cover.
The popular Turismo tune Skegness came next which went down well with the knowledgeable crowd.
One person I think it was Rich Turismo was even heard to exclaim Amazing.
He finished off with In BedRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd March 06 - Heat 8, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Eight - Sheriff Check, scenes from the exorcist and can't wait to be famous so
I can get a guitar tech Callum Blackout!
First on stage was Dressed for Stealing with lead singer
Check Kilpatrick (great name!) on bass, sporting a smart full-western-jacket and tie.
Looking like the sheriff who meant business he charmed his