Jamaicans are making moves all over the globe. This is nothing new, but one thing that has begun to stand out is the exceptional quality of music emerging from the island. One artist that has made it his mission to turn out quality tracks, is Jamaican producer Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown.
Brown has been steady on his grind for over ten years, and got his name after wowing locals with his precision on the piano as a youth growing up in Montego Bay. Professionally, he has produced tracks for top artists including: Damian Marley, Queen Ifrica, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, and the list goes on. In addition to making music, Brown recently received his pilot's license, which he credits for a newfound appreciation of time.
Having visited LA several times, we caught up with Brown to discuss his upcoming projects. KingstonToLA had to ask what he thought about the city's notorious fast paced lifestyle. "There's just something in the air out there that makes you want to work," said Brown, "It's one of the places I am considering moving to, I really like it out there."
In 2016, Brown has added several projects to his resume, including a brand new track with west coast artist Hirie. Perhaps his most anticipated work, Raging Fyah's record Everlasting, is poised to be one of the best reggae albums of the year. Recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston Jamaica, the album re-established a special synergy between Brown and the band. In a recent interview with Irie magazine, Raging Fyah's Demar "Keysie" Gayle elaborated on Brown's sought after expertise, “We had the choice to work with any producer we wanted, locally or internationally and we chose Llamar,” Gayle said.
Factoring into his appeal, Brown makes it a point to do his research before going into the studio. "I'm always reading up on something, it's important to do the research," he says. "I would love to see the quality of songs get better on an international and local level, songs like One Love, I'd love to see big songs like that coming back."
Having worked with some of the top musicians in the industry, Brown has been dedicated to sharing this knowledge with the younger generation. "Whenever I go back to Edna Manley and the youth ask questions, I answer," Brown says. "It will only help the music." Staying focused on his mission of making quality music, Brown is adamant it is important to nurture young minds to take pride in their craft. "I've seen where it's done, so I know what it takes to get the music back to a top level."
An example of Brown's steadfast commitment to quality, Everlasting is out May 27 on iTunes.
Photos courtesy of @RiffRaffKeys.