MusicPerk had the chance to snag an interview with Jamaican Hip Hop Artist Nomad Carlos just as he gets ready to release his new single, “Live Good.” Here’s what’s up with this very international artist. Nomad is based in Jamaica and the song’s producer is in France.
“Nomad Carlos brings a new vibe in the game. It’s a very nice mix between Jazz/Fusion and Hip-Hop”
– DJ King Flow
Helping bring Jamaican Hip Hop into the limelight, Nomad Carlos will be dropping his new single “Live Good” as a free download this week in preparation for the fall release of his new mixtape, “Me Against the Grain.”
Raised in Kingston from the age of 5, Nomad worked his way up through Jamaica’s Reggae and Dancehall dominated music industry to become one of the frontrunners in an effort to bring Hip Hop to the mainstream of Jamaica. “This is an ongoing struggle I go through in my own country. Gatekeepers to the music industry turn a blind eye to the local Hip Hop community,” expresses Nomad. “A lot of Hip Hop artists aren’t getting any recognition or exposure… the masses don’t even know about the scene…I’m part of a committee where we put on our own shows once a month called #PayAttention. We as Hip Hop artists, producers and people of interest had to come together and make it happen. It’s a place for the scene to gather and vibe with our local following and supporters. It’s been successful so far and is definitely helping to propel the scene.”
When asked about the difference between an album and a mixtape, Nomad explained, “The difference between a mixtape and a CD really is that a mixtape is a free release of music while a CD is an official release that you will have to pay for. Nowadays the market is becoming over saturated with mixtapes. Good mixtapes are the ones that sound like actual albums. I prefer to go hard on all my projects even if it’s a free mixtape so that people can know what to expect from me when I drop a CD (album).”
The new single “Live Good” was produced by DJ King Flow from France. He hopes to widen his international exposure by releasing the single online for free before the fall release of his new mixtape, “Me Against the Grain.”
“I want to introduce myself to the market. I want to grab the attention of listeners who would be interested in my music so they can look forward to the progression of my career.”
“Live Good” can be downloaded for free on SoundCloud, Tuesday June 19, 2012.