Keznamdi shoots for the sky
FOR roots-reggae singer Keznamdi, Skyline Levels is not just the name of his childhood home, but represents a solid part of who he is as a person. That is one of the reasons why he has named his latest EP, Skyline Levels , which drops today. He explained that the “collection of music” offers a bit of who he is to the fans.
“The idea to name the project Skyline Levels stems from being free and being relaxed, just like the vibe at home in the hills of St Andrew,” he told Splash. “It is an eight-track project, a mixtape, an EP ... whatever you want to call it. For me, it is just a nice basket of fruits waiting to be enjoyed.”
For this project, Keznamdi has drawn on a number of genres, producers and musical styles to come up with his latest potpourri.
Among the tracks on Skyline Levels are the dancehall-flavoured Father Protect; She’s a Queen produced by German outfit Silly Walks Discotheque; They Don’t Know by a group of Swedish producers, No Place Like Home; In Love With You, a hip-hop-tinged track So Right ; and Victory featuring Chronixx.
“It’s a nice body of work, a picture in time offering a view as to what it is that I have been up to over the past six to eight months. Plus, I really just had too many songs on my hard drive so I just wanted to free up some space and offer my fans a little taste of what’s to come. This is a prequel to the album that we began recording two months ago and should be ready for next year.”
“This is a way more intimate project filled with real experiences — both personal and those in my close circle.... so you’re getting the real Keznamdi. I also did some experimentation on this one, putting on my producer hat and played instruments on almost every track. I am going deeper into music, understanding chords and tones and taking a different approach to writing. It’s been three years since my last album and I wanted to showcase what I have learned musically. It was a really great lesson and it showed me all the hard work that goes into making an album.”
Keznamdi is not worried about his mix of genres and styles, noting that there will be something on the EP to suit a variety of tastes.
“”You really can’t please everybody, so you can’t go into the studio with that in mind. So I just do what is in my heart and pray it will reach, touch, and uplift who it is intended for,” he said.
His plans for the summer include a number of the European festivals, as well as spot club dates.