Jason Joshua from Ketchy Shuby Talks Soul Buffet 3: “Shout Out To Henry Stone Music”

HSM: FIRST OFF CONGRATULATIONS ON TEN YEARS OF YOUR BAND!
JasonJoshua: Yeah man. Thanks. Actually, like, this is the year we’re gonna put the brakes on Ketchy Shuby and I’m gonna roll solo with Jason Joshua and the Beholders.

HELL YEAH COOL. HOW DID THE BAND START?

Ketchy Shuby started in I guess 2007, and we were just a bunch of dudes who wanted to play really cool music y’know and we originally started playing reggae, which eventually brought us to soul music and so we had to open our minds to that. It all started with Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions, even in reggae that dude was game-changing.

HOW DID THE BAND GET ITS NAME?
Actually from a Peter Tosh song, man. On the last song on the album Legalize It.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SHOW?
First show I believe was at, what was that shit called? It was the Boom Boom Room in South Beach. It was between there and Felt, where the Jersey Shore kids used to hang out. Or Jazid. That was like our three first gigs.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SHOW TO PLAY?
Probably recently, maybe at the ten year anniversary of the Arsht Center, we were playing with Cee Lo Green. Another one was at SXSW in Austin at this place Holy Mountain opening up for Mos Def with Mannie Fresh as his DJ, so those are the top two.

WHAT ARE THE BAND’S INFLUENCES?
The band’s influences vary of course but Curtis Mayfield, the Impressions, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Joe Bataan, and fuckin Al Green yaknow.

HOW MANY RECORDINGS DID YOU PUT OUT?

Sweet Makayla, Frontin’, Tiny Vices, Energy EP, Long Live The King, I’ll Take Care of You, Smile, Downtown Soul Record Singles Club, like eight releases, and one straggler single. Like nine total, under Ketchy. Vinyl releases, cd releases, and straight digital.

WHY DID YOU START SOUL BUFFET?
We started it for the soul and funk community of Miami. All people of all genders of all colors to dance and have a great time and enjoy great food and drinks and buy records, to bring that TK culture back to the forefront of Miami, that Deep City culture that’s gone, to bring that back to the forefront.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE TRI COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES TO PLAY THE CONCERT?
It just worked out that way with the bands and musicians being from Miami, Broward, and West Palm Beach. Some of these dudes started playing in the band, and some of these dues live her, and some live in Cincinnati. We got dudes flying out from everywhere coming to this. We’re gonna have 15 or 17 people on stage.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
Right now on Mango Hill Records we got the Scone Cash Players 45 coming out August 25th. We got the first single of Jason Joshua and The Beholders coming out in November, And we’re hoping for The Colossians 45 to come out sometime this year too.

WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE MUSIC LEGACY OF SOUTH FLORIDA?

I hope in ten years Ketchy Shuby have been able to maintain and carry the torch and now through Mangi Hill we’re able to fully light that shit up and hoping mostly that we’ve been doing it the justice. We’re bout this life, so it’s gonna be something for the people forever. I want to give something to the people they can hold and grab onto. You can’t grab onto an mp3. If not for that whole Henry Stone and Willie Clarke era of music, we wouldn’t be here; and there wouldn’t be much to be fighting for here. But we have a standard to uphold to put out the best material we can put out.

Hell yeah. Any shout outs?

Shoutout to Bob Perry from Bluenote Records. Shoutout to Val’s Vinyl. I gotta give a shout out to the Magic City Soul Club. Y’know. I gotta give a shout out to Fusik. Shout out to DJ Le Spam. Shout out to Henry Stone Music. And a shout out to all the DJs who are actually still playing wax and local shit and cool shit. DJs think they don’t make a difference, but the DJ is important. They tell you what’s hot or what’s not. It’s a movement so we gotta move all together. I’m not about leaving people behind. As you can see. No one gets left behind.

Soul Buffet 3 with The Black Dove (Debut), Dj Le Spam (Spam Allstars), FUSIK w (Mack Moore), Little Teddy (Debut), Scone Cash Players, and Ketchy Shuby. More Sounds From Henry Stone Music USA, Inc. Pop-up record shops by Val’s Vinyl, Magic City Soul Club (Miami), and The Legendary Bob Perry & His Blue Note Records. Wynwood Yard. 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127. Friday, July 28th, 2017. 8p.m. Free.

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