Artist Spotlight: Horseman

Reggae Roast are proud to have the legendary Horseman as one of the main MCs in the crew. With over 40 years skin in the game, Horseman is a true veteran of the UK Reggae scene, with a long and prolific career working with the likes of Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Scientist, Jah Shaka, and Prince Fatty
Known for his inimitable voice and lyrical prowess, Horseman is also a ferocious drummer, having played with musicians like Tippa Irie, Max Romeo, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse and John Holt.
As well as his work with Reggae Roast, some of Horseman's most notable releases in recent years have been on his work with Prince Fatty who also produced his debut solo album Dawn Of The Dread in 2014.
Horseman grew up in a very musical family, his father had a soundsystem and his mother Eureka Icelyn Barnes, aka Miss Girlie, was a singer who recorded with Laurel Aitkins in the late 50’s early 60’s. 
Who was one of your biggest musical influences when you started out?
"My Mum was my biggest musical influence- she bought me my first drum kit!"
You've had a long and prolific career, what are some of your personal highlights?
"I had my first Number 1 song "Horsemove" go to number one on the UK reggae charts for 4 weeks in 1985. One of my favourite memories is from when I played drums for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3 years in a row."
The music industry is a tough business, what motivates you to keep striving to improve with your music?
"Working with good people with different ideas and keeping the lyrics clean!"
What advice would you give to up-and-coming musicians?
"Practice your instrument, work well with each other as a team or solo and KEEP THE LYRICS CLEAN! I want to see more female Reggae bands and artists too! Bless."




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