SEAN PAUL says it’s a “balancing act” trying to please both his dancehall and pop fans.
The Jamaican deejay says that it can be hard work satisfying his dancehall audience, while also maintaining commercial success, and notes that fellow Jamaican dancehall star Shaggy also has to juggle the two worlds.
“It’s a balancing act and Shaggy does it too,” says 39-year-old Paul. “I’ve seen him do that for years. He’s had great success all over the world and him still haffi come back home and do the important shows to show Jamaica love.”
The Gimme The Light hitmaker has taken a more commercial route with his new album Tomahawk Technique, enlisting international producers “to make dancehall tracks from their perspective.”
He acknowledges that gaining international success can make his Jamaican fans feel like he’s become detached from his dancehall roots. But he insists he hasn’t abandoned them.
“Sometimes they’ll [the dancehall fans] feel like you’re so far apart from them, but I haven’t left them. It’s important to me to be a part of the history of dancehall music.”
Read the full Sean Paul interview in the next issue of The Voice, out tomorrow (March 29)