“So where do you hope to go from here?”
“As of right now, Norfolk, Virginia, hopefully.” Cris Cab replied, sitting in the passenger seat of his bus for the Winter Greens tour with reggae-rock band, Rebelution. Winter weather and icy roads led to a cancellation of the last stop in Silver Spring, Md., but the crew has continued on to their next city and rescheduled their cancellation. Until they head back up through the snowy mountains though, Cris, Rebelution and Dark Matter will be performing in Charleston at the Music Farm, Wednesday night.
An upcoming artist, Cris has worked closely with Pharrell and Big Sean to craft his most popular singles out now, such as “Liar, Liar” and “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees).” His album coming out soon on Mercury Records is anticipated to showcase his artful blend of pop-reggae and the progress he’s made through his mentors. I spoke with Cris over the phone this week to catch up on his latest events, future plans and ask for some advice for aspiring artists.
What has it been like touring with Rebelution?
“Definitely fun, we’re having a great time and there are definitely great vibes out here. We’ve been traveling through the winter storm together.”
How were the shows in Europe you’ve just returned from?
“[The crowd] definitely appreciates music in a great way. They do their research when they come out to shows and really get into it. It’s [especially evident] since they don’t speak English and they’ve taken the time to learn the lyrics.”
What advice can you give to aspiring artists?
“Find your style, your own thing that you love to do. Try to turn your visions into a reality, just stay focused and keep on dreaming. There is no substitute for hard work. Even when you think you can’t be doing something, there’s always something to be done.”
“Talk to your fans, most importantly. Communicate with your fans and always respect them [because] those are the people that got you there.”
Was it difficult to deviate from the traditional path and become a musician?
“Everyone has a different path, a thing that they love, and [losing some friends] is a sacrifice that you have to make. In another way, it’s also a blessing and I’m getting to do what I love. It is different but I’m very fortunate and happy to do what I love.”
What are you hoping to say or share through your music?
“Positivity, to lift people up when they’re down and relay the message of love. [Love] is always the first and most important, and it’s not only about your brothers and sisters but the world you live in. Reggae music is just an [expression] of positivity.”
Cris concluded that he can’t wait to perform in Charleston and encourages any fans to come up to him at the show, as he usually hangs out in the crowd after his performance. He said fans could expect a “great time, with talented musicians and good vibes.” His new album is expected to be released later this spring and will be followed with a few shows in Europe and a performance at the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City.
Check out one his performances while abroad, on the Netherlands Late Night Show, RTL. “Liar, Liar” Live at RTL Late Night
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