Super Heavy

Super Heavy

Super Heavy

Mick Jagger - Damian Marley - A.R. Rahman - Dave Stewart - Joss Stone

Behind the name Super Heavy hide FüNF Super heavyweights of the music world: Mick Jagger has with Eurythmics-Mastermind Dave Stewart, British soul-flyer Joss Stone, Indian Oscar winners and soundtrack composer A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") And with reggae superstar Damian Marley teamed and so put a new band project off the ground. The weighty five constellation entered together an impressive 11 Grammys to her credit and unites diverse genres in their sound, has worked around the globe in various studios before they recorded at the beginning of most of the common media within three weeks in Los Angeles. The result, the album of Super Heavy, on the first next to the single "Miracle Worker" also tracks how "One Day One Night", "Energy", "Unbelievable", "Super Heavy", "I Can not Take It No More", "You're Never Gonna Change" and "I Do not Mind" will be represented, will appear in september.

Already this month is a video shoot for the single "Miracle Worker" planned - with particular reference to any FIVE Super Heavy-Competitors: Jagger, Stewart, Marley, Stone and Rahman.

No wonder frankly not that Dave Stewart referred to the all-star project as "the kind of experiment", "can they actually come up with just a crazy alchemist". Taking namely the skills, approaches and peculiarities of FIVE so gifted musicians in a pot - in plain text would be this: one of the greatest singers and frontmen of all time, an Indian composer who has won two Oscars, a young soul wunderkind, a Reggae ICON with three Grammys in the cabinet and one of the hottest producers in the international music scene - is obvious that the result will be a highly explosive mixture that has to bring any kind of drawer within minutes to shatter.

The idea fOr Super Heavy came about after Jagger and Stewart had been thinking about a band, in which representatives from different musical camps should come together. Jagger to: "Dave wanted to make an album that functions under the very different artists, saying her musical background should be different from the ground up. So instead of gathering a few people who all play rock music in the broadest sense, or rather blues or whatever, the idea was, as many genres to get under one roof. I told him that I thought it was a very interesting idea, but I would never have expected that it will also actually be some dignity. "

However, it was not long, sat Jagger even together with Dave Stewart and another musician in the studio: Joss Stone, with the two already in 2004 on the soundtrack to the film "Alfie" had worked. "An absolutely obvious choice," says Stewart"Finally, it is so incredibly fascinating not only as a singer but also as a human being." The Dream Team to Stewart and Jagger then got even more gain when the idea came up, Damian Marley to pick up as the next fellow to boot. "We had thought it from the start, to ask a Jamaican, because Mick and I are totally crazy about this country and the music from there, "said Stewart, formerly had worked with the legendary Jimmy Cliff; Mick however, once a duet had sung with the deceased from over 20 years of Peter Tosh the Wailers - that was in 1978, the song was called "Do not Look Back", originally performed by the Temptations.

"We have listened to us many things, but at some point something clicked and the name Damian Marley came to mind. " Jagger was for some time an absolute fan of the Jamaican, who also shortly before the shooting fOr Super Heavy had put a very different Genrespagat - his collaboration with rapper Nas namely; specifically he treasures Marleys skills as a rapper and toaster, as well as his unconditional love of experimentation and his pronounced tendency to community projects, so Jagger. And Damian did not come alone: ​​He brought his whole rhythm section, bassist and composer Shiah Coore and Courtney Diedrick (Drums), while Dave Stewart the now quite large group of musicians with his long-time ally Ann Marie Calhoun acquainted - a Rockgeigerin who had previously worked among others with the Foo Fighters.

The fact that a majority of the recordings was finally held in Los Angeles, led to the now four-member collective finally their fifth member should run over the way: the legendary Indian composer A.R. Rahman was talking to the angel city on to the Oscar for the soundtrack to the film "Slumdog Millionaire" to make and receive. Jagger : "We had no idea how it all together would sound, so we did not even know if there Ever something worth hearing when come out would, and so we hoped initially simply times that the joint work in the studio tidy fun would. "they had the hoped-for fun then, now five of us, and Stewart says now when struck on Rahman responds: "He simply understood as a tremendous amount of music! How he deals with the instruments as he understands melodies, his approach as a singer - and then of course the fact that he comes from a very different culture. "

Despite the obvious differences in terms of background and genre affiliation, to understand the FüNF fellow of Super Heavy dazzling at first: they got going immediately and wrote proud 22 songs in just six days. Joss Stone was visibly impressed by the initial results: "So must run the! Pick a few wayward musicians, all include in their respective field at the top, just stick together in a room and then off waiting, what comes out. I never thought that going so; but the time was really overwhelming. " Rahman felt the chemistry also as perfect: "The first day I was in a daze and still thought: 'What am I doing here, please? What am I doing here? What is my role in this situation? 'But then we began to work together to hone ideas for songs, and ran great. Inwardly I suddenly felt again like high school days when I was playing in a rock band. With one difference: This time I had a real band at my side. "Also, Jagger reports from the studio work: "We have really pulled out all the stops and missed a genre. So sings Joss For example, while Damian to going on the mic and I still beisteuere an additional element with my voice. "

What sounds like a walk in retrospect, after the chemistry right away, emerged creative synergies quasi by itself, however, was not so easy to coordinate, as Dave Stewart said: "In this regard, it is probably the most complicated drive ever be. You have to imagine times: Part of it was recorded in Los Angeles, another part in southern France; then found recordings on the coast of Cyprus held in Turkey, in Miami, the Caribbean, and even in Chennai in India was a part of this record. "

As the logistical issues, however, were released, still lacked a name for the Community project. Damian Marley had the term "Super Heavy" frequently used in the studio - based on the US boxing legend Muhammad Ali, the ultimate super heavyweight champion - and finally it became a kind of band-slogan to which all could agree. "Mick was the one who at some point said, 'Why not Super Heavy ? ' "As the project name, remembers Stewart back. "We all racked our eternal brain, and then at some point we had this name because it almost automatically stuck."

The name Super Heavy for all involved one thing: improvisation, open sessions and spontaneous work, as Jagger reported: "I said to Dave, that we usually [with the Stones] Write the songs in advance, and only then go to the studio, but these jam sessions have also led to so grandiose results. "Also, Joss Stone felt the sessions as a liberating experience: "Easy to play just right away felt most; so the songs took on gradually form all by itself. "

As you can see, the work process ran perfectly round and harmoniously: "Of course you have to negotiate much to fifth only - the whole thing is a constant give and take. We have repeatedly made it clear that too much ego of music could only harm. It should finally any objects being thrown through the studio - and controversy came not only in the bag, "said Jagger. Still, it was all quite a problem to criticize others for each of them. "We have a lot written and immediately rejected," reports Jagger continue. "I then said, for example: 'Get rid of it, that's garbage, still such a cliché, Joss', Whereupon she retorted:' Well then do you's but better ' "Creative friction so that so! Jagger, all participants also felt they were pleasant change: "We are four singers, none of whom has ever worked in this way. The best part is that the responsibility thus lies on many shoulders -. Which the matter is much more laid back and more fun "

Coming back again to the alchemists and the experiment: The chemical reaction of Jagger and Stewart mixed with Marley and Rahman and Stone seems a whole new element to have spawned a whole new genre. A new kind of music: "It's definitely a new genre; one that locate themselves anywhere can ", so Stone. Jagger but attaches great importance to emphasize that the sound of Super Heavy nonetheless catchy is: "One finds very fast access to these tracks. For example, if you clicked on the Stones standing, then you will definitely find pieces that you like. And what's not suit you at the first attempt, turns out after repeated listen, perhaps even as a secret hit. "

A whole new experience it was fOr Jagger, einzusingen a song on Indian (Urdu): Rahman the play had "Satyameva Jayate" written what Translated roughly means "only the truth wins" after the others had raised him - even if only in jest. "During the day we were in the studio together music, but at night I was on the road and stood on some stages in the city," says the Indians about his time in L.A. "But then," sets Jagger the anecdote continued, "he was not looking in one day in the studio, and I asked the others: 'Where is A.R.?'Very late at night he came then still, with a satisfied grin on his face:' I got my song, 'were his words. I can sometimes just a line to say in Urdu -. Just a single "

Damian Marleys operation, however, was again quite different: "It's more like the silent type, but he always has the best ideas," reports Joss Stone. "Damian works at night to his ideas. Sometimes he simply withdraws and broods in a corner about the lyrics - and only come back if something has invaded. His rhythm section is the hammer. He sits Meanwhile in the next room and doing his thing, which means that I'll only briefly in the room and then leave him alone. "Took his vocals Marley Incidentally, single-handedly, and she let the others hear only when he was completely happy with it.

What the future of Super Heavy concerned, everything is still open: "We have no tour or planned; but if the plate the people really well Like, I would not exclude that. We would really like to a few pieces of them live presenting, "says a humble Jagger finally. "Even when we met for the first time in the studio and got going, everything fell together by itself; all these different styles and genres flowed together without problems. Now I just hope that people will like this mix ... "

The FIVE Super heavyweights and their respective roles in Super Heavy:

Mick Jagger (Vocals, guitar, harmonica, co-production)

Dave Stewart (Guitar, co-production)

Joss Stone (Singing)

Damian Marley (Singing)

A.R. Rahman (Vocals, div. Keyboards)

Co-produced was the Super Heavy-album of Jagger Stewart. It appears in the autumn when Universal Label AM.

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