Spotlight: Sweetie Irie
— 22 Nov 2017, 21:06 by Lauren Furey
Sweetie Irie has forged a groundbreaking career through his passion for reggae. This artist has travelled the world, playing major events and delivering his sound to audiences old and new. This Saturday, Sweetie joins us on stage at Boxpark Croydon for the Rum 'n' Riddim spectacular. We sat him down for a quick chat to find out more.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Sweet Irie and I am a musical artist.
How did you get involved in the sound system culture growing up?
I grew up around music; my dad used to put on big reggae shows with acts like Dennis Brown, also, my uncles used to have a big sound system called Paddington Terror.
Who have been some of your biggest musical influences?
I have way too many musical influences. I’ve always loved reggae first and foremost, people like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Burning Spear, and then there's artists like Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Rolling Stones, Blondie... I better stop now, or I'll just get too carried away!
Who have been some of your favourite collaborators over the years?
Some of my favourite collaborations have been with Aswad, No Doubt, Gorillaz, Ed Case, Benny Page and Redlight. Then, last year, I did 'Crank It' with Nadia Rose.
What can visitors expect from you at Rum'N'Riddim at Boxpark Croydon?
Boxpark can expect energy and vibes!
What was the last song you listened to?
The last tune I played was Wretch 32 ft. Kojo Funds - Tell Me.