This was a big week for Maxi Priest and NYC. He kicked of the opening of the new Coney Island Amphitheatre with fellow artists, Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse & Ed Robinson. He was then headed a few days later to headline a show at BB King’s in Time Square. We caught up with him between sets as he was watching the Euro Cup and talked about his latest album, performing in NYC and the positivity he brings through reggae music.
RN: Reggae In NYC
MP: Maxi Priest
RN: Last year you were able to be a part of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise. This is a new venue for reggae music, very different from your average show. What was that like?
MP: Oh, it was a fabulous experience. It was just excitement from day one when we boarded the boat to when we left. It was just sheer enjoyment and excitement, the performances, the artists, everyone that was on board. It was a wonderful experience.
RN: One of the great things about that venue is that it creates a special interaction between the artists and their fans.
MP: Yeah, because there is nowhere else to go. You can’t go nowhere, so everybody is around. As you said, it really gives the audience an opportunity to hang out close with the artists. It is a cool thing from an artist’s point of view as well. It gives us an opportunity to meet some of the people that have truly supported the business, especially the music. At the same time it is always nice to keep a little mystique going.
RN: A major venue just opened for NYC the Coney Island Amphitheatre and they choose reggae to kick it off, how was it participating in that show?
MP: Excellent, fabulous show, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley and Ed Robinson. It was such a wonderful day and the audience was just fabulous. They were so fabulous. It was great, a great day.
RN: It’s big for reggae music too that they choose that as their debut show and are hosting a lot of reggae over the coming year.
MP: For me this ain’t no new thing. It's a good thing in one way and I just hope that we have a continuation of being a part of these venues that we kick off. Because a lot of these venues kick off with us and we don't always end up being there afterwards for whatever reason. So it is a great thing in one way and I hope that it continues and we continue to be a part of it.
“Over they years I have seen us be a part of things that people just tend to use it and then move onto something else."