My name is Timoy Strachan aka MarzBritish; I was born in a small community in Kingston, Jamaica. Everywhere I looked there was poverty and violence. But I know I had to become successful because that wasn’t the life for me, so I didn’t complain about the life I was given; instead I just try to make the best out of it. I used those experiences as a guide along with my Jamaican culture to develop a unique style of music, which I called Pop Reggae. I knew at a young age, while performing on stage that this was my calling in life. I migrated to the states at the age of seventeen and pursued a degree in Graphic Arts. I continued working on my music perfecting my style of rhythm and rhyme. I hope to spread my music around the world encouraging my audience to pursue their passions in life as well.
How would you describe your music?
I would say my music is a powerful message, it’s therapeutic to the mind and very addictive to the soul, in other words, I would say my music is inspiring and a device to uplift others. It’s intellectual, eloquent and versatile. I do music to make people think, laugh, dance, and to feel good. My music is different and doesn’t have a boundary when considering versatility, my music never stays the same it always advances, transpires with the time and the flows are never the same. I get very graphic as far as details and things I experienced or witness growing up from a boy to a man. My music is meaningful; it’s always a story either from my eyes or another.
How did you get started in music?
Well I started out very small always loving music, I used to sing at home in my room infront of the mirror [laughing out loud], but seriously it started when I was 9 years old in my Cassava Piece neighborhood every Saturday there used to be a stage show that displays the talents of locals in the community, so I went up there one day and started to deejay; I was honored to see the response from the audience and since then I knew I had a gift.
It was years after that I realize that it was my calling; I never did music since then because I got in trouble after my performance, so it wasn’t until I went to Calabar High School where I started to hang out with
people of the same nature and interest. What was known as a class-clash turned out to be the best thing my friends and I drafted up, we started doing performances at school and getting recognition, then I migrated to the states and it’s been on ever since.
Tell us about your song on the “Kindah” collective
My song on “Kindah” is a very positive, uplifting and vibrant song for the world to embrace. This song is called “Dreaming” and since a kid we always have dreams and aspirations to be the very best we can be, so this song is demonstrating the perception of the never-ending cycle of life and dreaming to be or to become all you can.
How did your environment growing up influence your music and style?
My environment was a major impact on my music, being that Jamaica was the foundation for reggae music; that aspect of my roots was something I inherited naturally. The legacy we had in Jamaica was huge because of Bob Marley and all the other icons who came and past and many of the existing ones also. I became more passionate and more respectful for my culture as I got older and I chose to embrace it in my music, because I realize how powerful it is when a Jamaican speaks people gravitate towards us.
What/Who inspires you?
I would say my inspiration comes from the everyday life-struggles, the poverty I was surrounded by and just being in a world of negligence, so it made me rebellious to society, I started to draw at an early age, I developed my craft and become a great revolutionary painter/musician. I listen to a lot of Bob Marley and Damian Marley, but my first inspiration came from Damian Beckett aka Baby Cham.
Why do you think it’s important to have music for children separate from music for adults?
This is important because kids live what they learn, so music to their understanding would be a perfect suit simply because you want them to act their age and be kids. Music for a mature audience is not for kids, because that’s not a good picture to paint in their minds of the things adults do or what entertains them, so they may not be of the same interest as far as what grown-ups listen to.
What do you want to be remembered for? What will your legacy be?
I want to be remembered for my hard work, creativity, ambition, passion, talent and my love for life. My legacy will be my artwork on a pedestal when I’m done. My name expanding throughout generations, building an empire from bottom up, being the face of the people who suffered through hardship on a day to day basis. I will be an entrepreneur and a role model to many.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself doing a lot more shows and performances, aiming for major roles in movie/film, sponsoring charity events and giving back to the people, having my own corporation of people working with me as a team.
Winning Grammy awards and many other achievements.
What can we expect from you in 2012?
A lot of promotions, marketing and advertising. I will be doing special appearance that will be announced via my social network media. A lot of production working on a new Album called “Kingston 8”, thinking about dropping this in the latter part of the year.