February 12, 2010
Roxroy McLean, Star Intern
In this week's instalment, veteran act Deejay Flourgon said he's making yet another comeback in the business, after being relatively quiet on local soil while maintaining a steady presence on the international market.
Old-school deejay Flourgon, was one of the first toasters of dancehall music and to make an impact on the international market. The deejay, born Michael May, exploded on to the music scene with We Run Things, which he recorded for veteran producer Redman in 1987.
Since then, the deejay released a succession of combination hits, including How You So Hot with Brian and Tony Gold, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Thriller U and Madly In Love with reggae great Sanchez.
But it was his chart-topping Zip It Up, which featured legendary dancehall artiste Ninja Man, which had propelled the One Foot Skank lyricist to higher heights, during a period clouded with multitalented musicians.
Flourgon is regarded as an influential deejay who inspired a wave of acts. But, by the late 1990s his output was lost in the flood of dancehall releases, although his combination Bless My Soul, with Freddie McGregor enjoyed some success.
The deejay, known for his stuttering and melodramatic style, told THE WEEKEND STAR that he plans to revive his career with an upcoming 16-track album titled Can't Live Without You.
"I'll be visual again to the public because the single, Can't Live Without You, (which is the album's title track) is getting good vibes already," said the deejay. This will be Flourgon's second album since he released Count Out, in 1989.
He said the album was produced on his Sweet Love label and "It's a social commentary about love. It will be completed very soon and it shows a different side of Flourgon. My music is more put together than first time and it comes with better lyrics and quality."
Flourgon said he has been touring major cities in North America and Europe, and was very reluctant to admit that his glory days are gone beyond him.
"I've always been around. But I was in New York for a little while doing promotions, and then I went to Japan, Germany and couple Caribbean islands last year," he said.
During his travels, Flourgon said he has always kept a keen eye on the music industry, and is equipped with enough information to know that the current state of the business isn't exactly what one would have wished for.
"The difference? The beats are definitely faster, but I have no problem with dancehall music. It's just that sometimes the lyrics are too lewd, but as generations pass you'll have a different style," he said.
Flourgon claimed that before him, the likes of Josey Wales and Yellow Man were the ones carrying the mantle which was later handed down to himself, Ninja Man and Shabba Ranks.
After that dancehall music went to higher heights when the trio Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Buju Banton were introduced, during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In closing, he used the opportunity to shed some words of encouragement to the current trendsetters of dancehall music.
"It's called recording, so once you step into that studio everything you do will last. People will always look at your earlier works, so as young artistes make sure whatever you do is at your best ability," he said.