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Animal Man

 Animal Man

Given the blazing speed of his flow, you may only catch every fourth word of Animal Man's dancehall hit 'Gal Dem Predator', but this new artist is quickly turning his unique adrenaline-charged flow into a hot global commodity.

The first time Animal Man held a microphone was when he was thirteen-years-old, after listening to creation sound tapes and dancehall artists like Papa San, Super Cat, Lt Stitchie and many more. However Animal Man's dancehall journey did not begin in Jamaica but in London, England where he was born. It was here that he developed his musical tastes and interests. Animal Man's music would correctly be categorized as dancehall music. Experimenting with tongue rolling and word play on dancehall instruments and on many more instruments led to the development of the unique style and flow he has today. As his confidence grew and his style developed, he soon saw a loyal following begin to grow and he became a popular local hit. Animal Man's debut single‘Gal Dem Predator' and second single 'This Is England' became radio hits and have propelled him into the spotlight. Reporter Alexis Adams recently interviewed Animal Man to learn more about what inspires him to create his unique brand of music and what we can expect from Animal Man in the near future.

ALEXIS: When did you first discover your love of music?
ANIMAL MAN: I discovered my love for music from a really young age. I was brought up around music and listening to music gives me a natural buzz.

ALEXIS: Your song 'Gal Dem Predator' has been a big hit on radio for its third straight month. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
ANIMAL MAN: It’s always good to hear your music being played on the radio no matter if it’s the first or twentieth time. However, my initial reaction was like, ‘Wow, is that my song on the radio and is that how I sound?!’ But it’s even better to know that your song is being played on the radio and it is gaining popularity.

ALEXIS: What was the inspiration behind 'Gal Dem Predator'? Was there someone in particular you were writing about?
ANIMAL MAN: I think that most musicians and songwriters will tell you that most songs were written about someone and that is the case with ‘Gal Dem Predator`. Let’s just say it was a bad experience that I had learned from. I try to turn negatives into a positive.

ALEXIS: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as 'Gal Dem Predator'?
ANIMAL MAN: I try to make most of my songs different, with different melodies, flows, topics and tempo. The only thing that will sound the same is my voice which is probably marked as my signature.

ALEXIS: How would you characterize yourself as a musician? (ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
ANIMAL MAN: I would describe myself as a down-to-earth joker as I think that laughter is an important part of life. You can’t be serious all the time.

ALEXIS: What was it like creating and shooting the music video for this song?
ANIMAL MAN: Shooting the video for this song was fun, but it was a long day!

ALEXIS: What do you find most rewarding about being a musician?  What do you find most challenging?
ANIMAL MAN: Making a song that people like and listen to is one of the most rewarding things about being a musician to me. I don’t really find anything challenging musically as I am always pushing myself to excel.

ALEXIS: Who are your role models in music?
ANIMAL MAN: I mainly listened to dancehall and rap music growing up and would probably say some of my role models were Super Cat, Papa San, Wu Tang and KRS One.

ALEXIS: What advice would you give to young, aspiring musicians out there who are unsure and need guidance?
ANIMAL MAN: As an aspiring musician you've got to stick with it if it is what you really want because there will always be hurdles that will make you want to give up. However, you also have to remember that nothing happens overnight and you've got to put in the hard work first.

ALEXIS: What's next for Animal Man? Is there a follow-up single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
ANIMAL MAN: I have followed up ‘Gal Dem Predator` with ‘This is England` which is also on rotation. ‘This is England` is about everyday life and news that we face in the world today. ‘Coulda Neva Be` will also follow which has a really quick flow. This will also be followed up by a ‘Gal Dem Predator` Remix and two remixes of ‘This Is England` and more that will be released in the forthcoming months.

ALEXIS: You've got alot on your plate! I'm grateful you could take time out to share an inside look at your music. I wish you continued success and good luck!