Radio Kangol Spotlight: An Interview with Addis Pablo of Rockers International

Hailing from Jamaica, Addis Pablo is a talented artist and producer who creates reggae beats with a contemporary vibe. Alongside the solo work he has created under his own name, he has also co-founded a newer project called Suns of Dub. Addis is part of the current force behind Rockers International, a record label, store and museum located on the famous Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica. Dedicated to the works and traditions of Jamaican culture and music, Addis is carrying on the Rockers International legacy that was started by his father, famed musician Augustus Pablo. 

This interview is the latest installation in our ongoing Radio Kangol series. To celebrate the imminent launch of the music streaming service in the UK, these featured artists and record labels are set to be played in-store for the brand new KNGL x TRRBL collab collection - catch it at Boxpark as of tomorrow!

 

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Where do you call home? 

Anywhere there are good vibes, but Jamaica is home when I’m not touring.

 

How would you describe your sound? 

Rockers, which is instrumental healing through music.

 

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

The sun rising, the creator, JAH, Rastafari and life.

 

What is your favourite place to visit when touring?

Japan.

 

 

How would you describe your personal style? 

Personal and creative; it’s inspired by my surroundings and travels.

 

What’s your spirit animal?

A lion.

 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? 

Flying, to save on airfare and missed flights.

 

What was your worst ever day job and why? 

Working at a meat deli, because I was vegetarian.

 

Who do you most admire?

Haile Selassie.

 

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What profession (other than your own) would you like to attempt? 

Making my homemade smoothies, which we call ‘dub punch’.

 

f you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would they be? 

Good herbs, a boat and a melodica.

 

On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you? (… Is that an honest answer?)

9, yes.

 

What’s your favourite cereal?

Porridge.

 

 

If there is a fork in the road, do you go left or right?

Remove the fork and walk straight ahead.

 

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

‘Get me the president, he got lost on his way from Tijuana.’

 

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Beatles.

 

Beer or Champagne?

Champagne.

 

 

Heads or Tails?

Tails.

 

Jazz or Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Jazz.

 

Rock, Paper or Scissors?

Rock