Monday, 19 March 2012

ON THE RECORD: Talking music and more with Romain Virgo

RED-Y TO DELIVER: "I think that any change in terms of maturity is good."

Few things matter more deeply to Romain Virgo than rewarding his supporters with songs that provoke thought and stir the soul. He accomplished this beautifully with his acclaimed self-titled debut and now he’s poised to thrill everyone anew with his next effort, The System, which comes out May 8.

We spoke to the supertalented crooner in Montego Bay on the weekend to hear about the keenly awaited record, his personal development, and getting emotional on stage.

TALLAWAH: Anticipation for your sophomore album, The System, continues to increase as May draws ever closer. How would you describe the process of putting this record together?
Virgo: Music is something that is not easy, but once you make it fun then it comes across easier for you. And being around people like Busy Signal and D Major and Brown Suga, it’s a joy. And that’s how we try to bring across the whole vibe for this album.

What’s the status? Is it now complete?
It’s finished now. Fifteen tracks on the album, the same amount as last year. But this is a more mature album. Something that people from all walks of life can relate to. So you can look forward to it.

In interviews, you’ve stressed that this album will showcase your growth since putting out your debut.
The first album, Romain Virgo, was just to bring out the whole vibe of who is Romain Virgo and show people what I can really do. This album now is aimed at the system with social commentary, but we also have something for the ladies (Laughs). It’s a nice album, and all of what I talk about on the album are things that people – not only in Jamaica but worldwide – can relate to.

Speaking of growing up, what have you learned about yourself since being in the industry?
When I just started out I was shy; I would be doing an interview and be quick to finish. But now I have developed and not just in terms of doing interviews but in my writing and performing on stage and interacting with the crowd. So I think that any change in terms of maturity is good.

People are still talking about your deeply felt performance at Rebel Salute earlier this year. What’s the story there?
For me, it was very emotional. As a young artiste looking at the time that I went on stage and seeing the response from the crowd and everything in the early morning, it was tremendous. It’s something that I will never ever forget. It’s one of the shows that will stand out. I mean, I cried on stage just to see the reception and everything.

That’s deep. Was that the first time you were ever moved to tears in front of a concert audience?
Yeah, the first time in my life. And I know it was going to reach a point like that based on some of the music that we’ve been trying to write and seeing that people love what we’re doing. So at this point, when people can show me that they love me with the type of music that I’m putting out, trust me, it feels good.

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