Interview By: Yoncia
Easy Star All Stars Michael Goldwasser sits down with Reggae in NYC
Over 30 countries toured, across 6 continents and currently counting over a hundred shows per year in the past five years, Easy Star All Stars is undoubtedly one of the most highly ranked international reggae bands’ out there.
Band Manager Michael Goldwasser sat down with Yoncia, Reggae in NYC to talk about the band’s upcoming date packed tour titled “ Easy Star All Stars Tour” kicking off April 20th in New York City at the High Line Ballroom, and traveling around the United States for a total of 15 city stops.
Reggae In NYC (RN)
Michael Goldwasser (MG)
RN: Michael, as the founder of the band, how long have you guys been doing this?
MG: The band started as a studio band, a house band for Easy Star Records. When we started we just wanted to make original reggae artists based in New York with artist in New York that we could connect with. It was like an all-star cast of New York’s best musicians. We started recording in 1996, and we didn’t start playing live until 1999, and we didn’t start touring internationally until 2003.
RN: So, during the recording time back in 1996, from 1996 to 1999 you were only recording but not performing anywhere?
MG: We recorded a bunch of singles, and my partner and me sort of walked around, we’d be in the subway with a box of records, 45’s, up to White Plains road, to go to Moody’s Records, we’d go to Brooklyn to all the stores there. Finally by 1998, we had recorded enough singles to put together an album, which was called Easy Stars Volume 1, and we did a live show in New York at a club called the Lion’s Den, which isn’t there anymore.
So really, our live appearance began in 1998, backing up artist when they would pass through from Jamaica; for example we did several tributes to Augustus Pablo, one of my favorite musicians, as well as Dennis Brown.