Ziggy Marley remains receptive to the countless muses and magnetic flurries of creativity surrounding him on his musical journey. In 2014, he fully embraced a distinct freedom while working on his fifth solo offering Fly Rasta—which received the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Reggae Album.” Maintaining that mindset, he went one step further on his 2016 self-titled sixth full-length album, for which Marley was just awarded his 8th GRAMMY.
“This is a continuation of the Fly Rasta ideology and philosophy,” he explains. “I learned so much during that process. Now, I’m taking this mindset and fulfilling a larger dream. I learned how to be more free and not to hesitate when it comes to exploring musical ideas. There’s a big difference lyrically. With my new record, I wanted to address my feelings about what’s happening outside of myself and in the world, how I see what I see, and solutions I have in mind. It’s very confident and direct. My fingerprint is on it more deeply. The world needs this message.” Ziggy Marley will be performing at Boomtown Festival this Summer on The Lions Den Stage – The world’s biggest Reggae stage, which will host some of the largest names in Reggae, Dancehall, and Hip-Hop. Including long coveted Ska legends The Specials, alongside Cypress Hill and the unique sounds of M.I.A. We spoke to Ziggy Marley about humanitarian issues and the meaning behind his new tracks!
Who are you looking forward to seeing at ‘The Lions Den Stage’ at Boomtown Festival?
Everyone! I have an open mind, I don’t have any favorites… I’m just looking forward to listening to all of the music and having a good time.
What Music are you listening to at the moment?
Again, I listen to anyone and everything, I am interested in all types of Music. I listen to Hip-Hop, Reggae, Gospel and more.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere, from the whole universe, humanity, love, and the trees, some places I don’t even know where.
Could you give us some advice about creativity?
Well, everybody’s journey is different, my way is a very quiet and I like to be around nature, as it always a great influence on me. I am mostly alone a lot when I am doing what I do in my own space.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have been writing songs and putting them out on the Internet.
The first is called, I Am A Human and it is saying that I am just like you, and you are just like me. No matter what color, race, religion or class, we are Humans. I am not a Jew, I am not a Muslim, I am not Black I am not White, I am a Human! If we could just see each other that way it would be better.
The latest one is called See Dem Fake Leaders. Which is about what I feel about the leadership today, we truly need people who can make the world a better, peaceful place. Leaders that we have who deal with religion and politics, they are driving us in the wrong direction, I don’t believe any of these are the true leaders that they think that they are or say that they are, so – these are fake leaders. If only they could lead the world to peace and prosperity but can they do that? All they support is War and Destruction.
What was the last thing that made you stop and stare?
It was Syria, because of the children and their suffering. It really spoke to my heart. The leadership is terrible in the world, Mankind has been at war for a long time now, we cannot sustain these destructive ways that we have as a species.