This is one of the most incredible man I know….a true humanitarian. I have known Charley most of my life and he has been my best friend for many years. Over the last 8 years we had lost contact, so I was very surprised when my daughter Carlene not only found him, but she presented this interview for me to publish (thank you Carlene). The interview was originally published on the 5mins 2 Shine section of her blog, but I wanted people here in Spain to know about this man and his work. I also wanted to say, sorry Charley for all the times that I have messed up, I want you to know that I will always hold you as my Best Friend.
5mins 2 Shine
Today’s feature is:
1) What do you do & how well do you do it
Play Bass well enough, play guitar well enough, keyboard well, can hold down a good Skank rhythm, vocals…well judge for yourself when you hear the music. I performed so many shows, I sing so much can’t tell anymore; prefer the instrumentals after a long studio session.
Producing, writing and constructing music … I enjoy this part, the magic of the final mix getting everything just right in your mind. May not be the best to others… but self satisfaction is the key…to know when to say this is it done, basta. How well I do these things…I don’t really know, I let other people judge my work…when I release music, I am always in doubt so I wait for the reaction from the critics, the people who are going to listen and buy the music. The fans more important than anything…They kept us going for 30 years, so we must have done something right,
2) Where do you foresee yourself 12months from today?
Haven’t gone that far yet, the year just started, I am finalizing a CD project at the moment, a live show recorded in Coventry City to celebrate the reunion of 4 Selecter: Noel Davis, Charles H. Bembridge, Arthur Gaps Hendrickson, and I.
The Charley & friends show live on Stage first time in 28 years. We did some songs from the Selecter Set; one now playing on radio in Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Sweden, France, Australia, Ireland, Doncaster, Yeovil, Pembrokeshire, Coventry Hillfield Hillz 98.6 fm Jamaica etc. Radio promotion at the moment not released yet. James Bond is a special for The Selecter fans 7 minutes long, epic production…like the movie.
A special thank you to the fans for celebrating 30 years of too Much Pressure. After I finish the mix, promotion time, then ready to go live shows!
3) What was one of the most memorable times in your life?
Jamaica year 0 to 10 made me what I am today. The music is still in my head just about got it soaked up in my brain. Now some is coming out, listen to the latest: James Bond The Selecter and express what you think on the Selecter Official Members Page on Facebook.
All this led to The Selecter and the formation of 2Tone a success in the 1979-80′ies with Ska Reggae Music imported or sent from the Caribbean on planes and Boats to England…somehow we all ended up in Coventry teaching the local guys how to pump Reggae with keyboard…mixed up with their Rock style this made the fusion 2Tone Ska. Coventry meet Jamaica, St Kitts, Barbados!
Now 30 years later 2Tone Specials and Selecter has not gone away. Its bigger than ever now international…
The Selecter Celebrates 30 Years of Too Much Pressure 1980-2010.
Mmm…I would put together the Emergency Army Response Team Helpers (EARTH) for disaster people from all Nations.
We would have, personal experts in disaster areas, medical teams with field hospitals. Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Builders…with the knowledge of how to remove demolish rubble with heavy lifting. Equipment: helicopters, small inflatable boats, aircraft carrier stocked with nutritious imperishable food, desalination equipment to make water, small, medium and large generators, thousand of tents, cooking pots, water bottles in stock for emergency operations.
Imagine what this team could have done for the recent disasters we are seeing now. We are going to need this for the future, I feel it now.
5) What do you think of my daily blog? (Message for my readers)
Very Good!! Keep up the steady Blogging. Readers love to see u all one day at a show Charley & Carlie Live
Charley Anderson’s throwback of the day
Skatalites : ROLAND ALPHONSO – 1993
After performing around the world to promote humanitarian causes, Charley Anderson is now promoting his new smash hit “Ghetto Child” (featuring Carlos Garnett on Sax & the Rapper Se7en delivering the World Hunger Rap), the first single to be released from the forthcoming album, “Zero Time Project”, a mix of popular beats infused with Reggae sounds. The Zero Time Project is dedicated to eradicating hunger and child under nutrition, disease, ignorance and many of the oppressions mounting against the world’s youth and misfortunate. With the music and message created through the Zero Time Project, Charley Anderson hopes to end as much of the suffering throughout the world before it’s too late.
Once again Nuf Respect to Charley and to the work he is doing