Our friends with Crosscheck return with Jamaica’s Courtney John linking up with French Producer Blundetto.
Jamiaca is known for reggae and dancehall music. Now, a trio called The Courtney John Project are blending reggae and EDM, calling this new genre Rootstronic. The Courtney John Project are: charasmatic vocalist Courtney John, along with long time producer-cohort The Wizard and Grammy award-winning musician Steven “Lenky” Marsden. This month they’re releasing their debut LP, Future. The groups leader Courtney John got with French proudcer Blundetto, who is on touring France and released his own project last year called Warm My Soul: . The two old friends chopped it up about music, muppets, and Rootstronic!
Blundetto: What kind of music was heard in Courtney John’s house when he was a child?
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