My band Low Mentality, which is in its third year of existence, is my creative outlet. I think of it as a rock band but there is a very heavy influence from all the African and Caribbean music that I have been working with over the years so the music is all very danceable and groovy. I write songs about whatever I want and am lucky to be performing them with a great crew of pals (including the one and only Timothy Allen of Antibalas on bass). We just released a 45 on 3rd Generation Recordings and we’re gonna be putting out our debut album next year. This past year we have also starting performing as the backing band for the legendary Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia, which has been an incredible, mind-expanding collaboration and exploration.
I’m also working on my first-ever film score right now. I am trying to keep the project a bit of a surprise, but I’m comfortable saying a lot of people (hundreds of thousands?) are going to see it. The excitement of being involved is still outweighing the fact that I barely know what I’m doing. It’ll turn out great I’m sure.