November 1, 2013
Soundkillaz churing positive music
Rivah Jordan and Matthew Radics of SoundKillaz - Contributed
Having a musical father has certainly helped to shape and mould Matthew and Jordan Bailey's musical ambitions.
The brothers list their father, Jack Radics, one of Jamaica's best contemporary singers, as one of their main musical influences.
Ten years ago, the two brothers who operate under the name, Soundkillaz, started their own record label and have not looked back.
"We've been doing our own thing for about 10 years now. we started in 2003. We were working with a hip hop label in the UK at the time, but we wanted more freedom to make the music we wanted to make, and to work with other artistes, so we decided to create our own label.
"We had a vision that wasn't being facilitated by the label we were signed to, so we formed our own company.
"Looking at our dad's career, as a sort of guide post, we thought it best to have control of our music, instead of being dependent on producers or record labels to have a career," said Matthew.
According to Matthew, the name Soundkillaz was chosen for the label because it was a nick-name he and his brother earned while performing in battles on the club circuit in England.
"The name Soundkillaz was given to us by fans, who recognised that we could make any style of music.
"We used to do lyrical clashes for money in the clubs, just like Eminem in the movie 8mile. We don't promote violence at all, so the name Soundkillaz has nothing to do with violence its all about our musical versatility."
Soundkillaz recently released a compilation album, Tower Gang Volume 1, that features songs from reggae artistes such as Prezident Brown, Rivah Jordan, Jack Radics and U Brown.
"We recently released a compilation album that features Prezident Brown, Rivah Jordan, Jack Radics, U Brown and a couple other good reggae acts including myself. It's a really nice project and we have been getting a lot of positive response to the album from music fans in several countries including the UK, France and Germany."
Soundkillaz is also promoting a brand-new single and video by Prezident Brown, Respect and Manners.
"President Brown's single, Respect and Manners, was recently released off the album. A lot of people seem to love that track so we decided to drop it as the first single from the project. We also did the video for it too. It is the fourth video that we have produced for Prezident Brown.
"we not only write and produce music, we are very dynamic and hands-on. we do almost everything including video production, promotions etc.
"My brother Rivah Jordan has been touring with Prezident Brown, as a support act, since 2011, so when it comes to music, I guess you could say Soundkillaz does it all," said the artiste.
The next single that will be released from the album is Set Like, by Rivah Jordan.