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Tony Clutcheye tells his side of “My Story”

Tony Clutcheye tells his side of “My Story”

Jen Cheshire

 

The name Tony Clutcheye is a name I have seen around the reggae scene for some time but apart from his song “Everything About Jah” really didn’t know anything about him. Recently I was introduced to his inaugural album “My Story” and decided to find out who this talented artist is.

Dennis Anthony Lawrence aka Tony D Clutcheye is one of the best-kept secrets among the upcoming soulful reggae artists coming out of Jamaica. He was born in Spanish Town, the Parish of St. Catherine.  Tony started out deejaying on a local sound system called King Sonic, where he aspired to capture the attention of the crowd. He has also shared the stage with some of Jamaica’s top reggae artists. Over the years Tony spent a great deal of time studying the vocal styling of various established singers such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, with whom he had many a conversation before his passing,  and Garnet Silk. He then crafted his own unique technique which has placed him in the category of being an accomplished original artist. “Everything About Jah“, “Saliva” and “Dem No Loyal” are just a few of his undeniable hits. His inaugural album “My Story” has been well received by DJ’s worldwide and is getting considerable airplay.  

 

I recently caught up with Tony Clutcheye and asked him about how this album came about.

Jen.

Thank you, Tony, for giving up some of your time to talk to me about your album “My Story”. How did this particular album come about?

Tony Clutcheye.

Basically, it just happened, you know because the producer just hear my vibe and like it and we just started to work from there, you know. He sent the tracks he going give me and I write the music to the tracks and that’s how the album just come about.

Jen.

Who was the producer?

Tony Clutcheye.

Swiss Ivory. Christian “Swiss Ivory” Meyer, also alongside Gino XXL Entertainment

Jen.

Swiss Ivory? Does that mean he is based in Switzerland?

Tony Clutcheye.

Yes.

Jen.

That producer is not familiar to me which is why I asked. So where did he find you? How did he find you?

Tony Clutcheye.

Well, we basically found each other on Social Media.

Jen.

So he contacted you and said if he sent some tracks would you voice them? Is that how it came about?

Tony Clutcheye.

Well basically we contacted each other and everything just happened from there.

Jen.

How long did the process of creating the album take?

Tony Clutcheye.

Well basically it didn’t take a whole lot of time, you know, because we are professionals so everything work out the way how we expect it to work out. When you are professionals things are more easier. So, You know, we start to work on it from the get-go.

Jen.

Roughly how long does it take you to write a song?

Tony Clutcheye.

Well, basically it depends on the material which I put together. Sometimes it takes a week and sometimes it just takes two days.

Jen.

Did you already have some of the material and you worked it to fit the beat or did you write it from scratch?

Tony Clutcheye.

Oh no! Everything’s from scratch. Everything starts from scratch.

Jen.

Was this your first album?

Tony Clutcheye.

Yes, the first one. I do have a whole lot of songs but this is the first one.

Jen.

So up until then, you had just put out singles?

Tony Clutcheye.

Yes, I did singles….for some producers in France, Irie Ites, and a producer out of Italy and quite a few local producers here in Jamaica.

Jen.

It sounds like you have a big following in Europe. Is that where you are hoping to perform?

Tony Clutcheye.

Yes, that’s where I’m hoping and pushing to go because I think that side will receive the music I am doing right now more than anywhere else in the world.

Jen.

From what I’ve heard from other roots artists,  Jamaica isn’t receiving roots reggae as much now. I’ve heard that their music goes down well in Europe, Brazil, in the UK, in the US but not at home. Is that the same with yours?

Tony Clutcheye.

Yes, it’s the same because airplay should be for everybody but we’re not getting airplay.

Jen.

Because you can’t afford to pay for it?

Tony Clutcheye.

Exactly. It’s basically ‘hold up and take’ I’d say that’s what they are doing. Uh…I can’t beat nobody because everybody gotta eat, you know. The problem is we have too much ‘crab in the barrel’. A lot of people who do not care about no-one but themselves. Let me tell you something, it’s a rough road. Especially me, I’m not getting the help I should get.

Jen.

Well, Tony, you aren’t alone. There are a lot struggling to make it. Even the ones that live in the US have to struggle. I think that’s something the young Jamaican artists should know as they think they will be in paradise if they get here.

Ok, back to the album. When was the album released?

Tony Clutcheye.

December 17 2017, last year.

Jen.

Thank you for giving me your time and I hope that this will have more people knowing Tony Clutcheye. The album “My Story” is available on all major download sites.

When I listened to the album I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of talent in Tony Clutcheye. The tracks ranged from traditional roots with “Lord I Pray” and “Rise Up” ft Sizzla Kalonji, a track which has been on the billboard chart for the last 2 weeks,  to “Spotlight” and “Undeniable“, two tracks that have a definite dance music vibe. The biggest surprise to me was the track “Diva“, a beautiful song that shows that Tony really has a good voice for ballads. I have to say I found myself singing along with several of the tracks on this 10 track album. The album is well produced and definitely worth adding to your collection.

Tony Clutcheye is definitely a talent to watch out for.

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