Following his recent work on Drew Stewart’s upcoming ‘Then Now And Forever Music’ EP, which features Nature Ellis alongside Jahmali, Dejour, Teko and Knolij Tafari. We linked up with Nature Ellis to discuss this recent effort ‘Love Me’ on the EP and to discuss his career in general. Looking back to his roots and forward to his aims for the rest of 2019.
Let’s start with a simple question, where are you from in Jamaica?
Nature Ellis: “I was born in Montego Bay, Saint James. During my early years I found talent in music and performed at school and won a scholarship due to my musical ability”
Around this time when you were growing up who were some of your big musical inspirations?
Nature Ellis: “Beres Hammond, Garnett Silk, Celine Dion. I always liked positive energy and consciousness
When you first started recording music, where did your main inspiration come from, in terms of the content of your music?
Nature Ellis: “Situations that I’ve seen and been inspired by. Music is my tool. There is a time and a place for everything. Certain content is for adults, certain content is for children. I love music on a whole”
Living in Jamaica it is quite easy for artists in some respects to get distracted by negativity and bring violence and guns into their own music, is this something that you’ve tried to avoid when trying to stay to a positive vibe?
Nature Ellis: “Music is a reflection of society. I want to be an artist that creates a certain impact. Think someone like Bob Marley, I want this impact to be relevant, musicians try their best to reflect their society and provide this impact”
How do you see music as being a way to spread this positive message?
Nature Ellis: “Reggae music is positive music through consciousness and enlightenment. I don’t want to mislead the children and breed crime and violence. Biblically the singers and players of instruments lead the way. That is still important, we still lead, when you write a song you have to be aware of your society”
How do you plan to develop your music to help deliver a strong message?
Nature Ellis: “I think of music like growing something. It has to have strong roots. There are so many distractions around, sometimes it’s easy to be distracted. You have to always know what you stand for and be disciplined enough to stick with it through tough times”
What obstacles do you see when trying to promote positive music?
Nature Ellis: “I wouldn’t call them obstacles, I called them hurdles. Music is very competitive almost anyone can say they are an artist and there are a lot of people out there that do. You just have to make sure that you are working harder”
Having been in music since childhood what are some of the big moments in your career?
Nature Ellis: “I have to give credit to my teachers, they saw the talent in me in high school. They sent me out to represent Saint James High.
I have to give credit to these mediums. It made me popular in Montego Bay, I did eventually decide to move to Kingston where I first voiced with King Jammy. I would then also go on to tour Europe in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It was a growing process I had to be dedicated.
2009 was a very good vibration, my music was so accepted by people looking for a conscious mediation”
Going on tour in Europe and seeing the reception Reggae music gets there, why do you think Reggae is still underrated by the mainstream?
Nature Ellis: “I personally don’t think it’s underrated by choice. People haven’t been educated to the music. People in the positions to play more reggae music don’t play it. There is a big enough crowd for the music to not be mainstream. I just want to make music that makes a difference in people’s lives”
With our last question, I’d just like to know what your aims are for the rest of 2019?
Nature Ellis: “2019, I’m working on an album and I have quite a number of shows to do. I just want to keep focus and take our time to release the best music I can”