Miss Tun Pickney is on a mission to produce new reggae, no covers, no re-releases of classic ‘riddims’. Check out this interview and learn more about Miss Tun Pickney:
Where are you from?
How long have you been making music?
In the current phase of my journey since 2016. Took a few detours since I first started in a band called The Instigators many years ago.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
The idea for the song is that innocence is not defined by the innocent. You see it everywhere as there are so many mediums to voice opinions, which, for the concept of free speech is a great thing. However, this means that no matter your personal view of your innocence, it is really in the control of others, whether justified or not. So, in the song I try to define what innocent means to me.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
There was always music at home, Country, Rock Steady, Ska and Reggae. An uncle living with us had a Sound Sytem which gave my brothers and me exposure to all the classic Jamaican music. Just after getting my first job my brother decided we are starting a band. a local Sound System owner ‘Fatman’ decided to open a few doors for us and the band had some moderate success. Then the inevitable happened and the band broke up as life and commitments got in the way. I pretty much left the music industry. But, I always knew I had unfinished business and so decided to give the dream another shot.
What do you think of the music industry in 2017?
The industry has changed so much since my first experience of the industry. So much was controlled and in the hands of others. To try and release a single yourself with any chance of success was also impossible back then. Now, you can cut out the middle man and if you are prepared to wear the many hats that an independent artist / producer needs to wear, you can make a success of it.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
For my genre reggae it has to be Bob Marley
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
In my early career with the band we backed many of the Jamaican artists touring the UK e.g. Delroy Wilson, John Holt, Tenor Saw, Sugar Minott. In my current projects, I have worked with Mafia & Fluxy and Barrington
How do you think you differ from other artists?
Well, there are so many artists out there it is hard to make a clear distinction but, I always try to build the song around strong lyrics and a good melody and try to add something different.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Riddim built by Mafia and Fluxy with vocals by Nat King Cole
What was the first album you bought?
Dreadlocks Dread by Big Youth
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Spanish Town by Chronixx (got family links there)
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
Exodus (Bob Marley)
What is your favorite saying?
As the great man Bob Marley said ‘Love the life you live and live the life you love’
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Songwriting, learning Spanish
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
The follow up single to Innocent has a working title ‘Feeling Mellow’ which will be a more ‘feel good’ song.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
Another single and a Dub EP. Then, collaborate on some singles.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
Thanks to everyone who follows Miss Tun Pickney and contributed in any way to the productions. Also, thanks Artistrack for helping to promote Indie artists.