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Time travelling with Reggie B

Reggie B

Under the InNatesounds Reggie B takes you time travelling with his soulful sounds. Having met Miles Bonny via Myspace six years ago, Reggie’s musical journey is reflected in his recent release ‘Time Traveler’. He reveals why he describes himself as a “one man band”, how he deals with the music game and his thoughts on whether soulful music will live on in the future. Margaret Tra writes.

Walk us through the moment when Reggie B was born?  

I think it was back when I was four years old, banging on my dad's drums and playing black keys on the piano. I don't think I decided any genre I just make what feels good, or feels right with my spirit at any given time. The name Reggie B just comes from my first name being Reggie, and my last name Bradley. My name originally is Howard Reginald Bradley, and my father declared I would be called Reggie and so there it is.

Tell us about your recent release The Travler.

The Travler title came about because I was travelling a lot at the time the album was put together, so seemed fit to name it that. Plus my spiritual journey takes me to different places within my soul constantly, but I have some sort of ADD, and my path changes sometimes but I believe the destination is the same. The album consists of songs from different times in my life that were in my library. Some have been there since as far back as 98, and some were very new and current. But in my mind they were all timeless so no one would ever know that's the case. But the song choices were mad, because I felt these songs told a story when put in the order they were in in some ways.

What is it like working with Miles Bonny? How did you two get together?

Working with Miles is dope because there is never any pressure and he has no boundaries, and he also doesn't care what most people think about what we are creating. He just goes with the flow. But on the other hand he is a hard thinker, sometimes thinks too hard about things but I love him anyway. Believe it or not we met through myspace years ago. (About six to be exact.) It was through a KC Rapper named Reach, cause we found each other on Myspace and Miles thought I was from Europe because he heard the song This Pain from the Traveler. See that song is old.

You describe yourself as a ‘one man band’ what do you mean by that?

 Well most of the work I have done is me in the studio by myself except for collaboration albums, but all my solo albums are just me doing everything except for one or two guest. I do the production, play all the instruments, record myself, all the vox, mixing, and mastering all by myself.

Your music pulls its audience in different eras, how do you do this?

I think it’s because I grew up listening to music from all different eras, and it sticks in one's subconscious and it comes out when I am creating I would assume.

You create music that we don’t see anymore, do you think this kind of music will continue to hear in the future?

 Yes I do. That particular can't and won't ever die and it will always live inside of a true artist somewhere in the universe. Now whether it will be heard on a bigger platform I don't know, but I hope so! 

What’s next for Reggie B?

Well i got some pretty nice collaborations coming from some familiar names out here in the game of music. Not to hype on the idea of making albums with concepts too much anymore, since the current climate of the music game has changed to where you can't hardly even sell an album to people they just buy a few songs, or they can just download everything for free. So, I am just going to make music and make music until I can't do it anymore. Then decide what to do with it, either drop songs for free, put an album together for free, and then one for sale the next week. Who knows? I am just going with the flow of the universe!



On the road with Miles Bonny 

Miles Bonny

Miles Bonny has a timeless, soulful sound. Music producer, DJ and singer, Bonny is currently working on S3 album produced by Brenk who worked with Hip-Hop legend DJ Premier and MC Eiht. Bonny talks about juggling being a father and his music, the roots of INnate sounds and his thoughts on his recent release Lumberjack Soul LP. Margaret Tra writes.

Tell us about INnate sounds and the crew

INnatesounds is an artist collective which I curate, and it serves largely as an initial platform for sharing music. We have opportunities to distribute music, as well as begin online presence for artists. My interest is in music and communication and relationships, and INnatesounds is one way I can share my skills and interests to benefit others. was a site you ran that reportedly helped bring attention to hip hop in Cans ass city, what are your thoughts on that?

Yeah it was a big deal for Lawrence, Kansas where I went to college and also the KC area hip hop scene. The website provided one location where media, news, press and fans can keep up with local artists, learn about upcoming shows, and hear their music. The forum was very active; it was a great time in my life. When I moved to Kansas City I felt I should no longer run the site and now it is unused. It did a lot for demonstrating effective documentation of local culture, which is something that is still relatively cutting edge it seems. 

You’re a family man, how do you juggle your music career as well as being a father?

 I just do it all. I participate in things i like. I like music, I like my family. The biggest issue is that if I was to become a full time musician, I’d need to travel often, and that would require me being away from my family. So I am currently working on new arrangements for where we live that would make touring easier for me, and would allow me to grow more as a touring musician. I'll be on the road more often soon.

Your Lumberjack Soul LP has been described as soul album of the year, how does that make you feel? That's amazing. I'd love to hear people say that. It's really an album that feels like me. Now that it is out though, it only feels like the beginning. I have a lot more to do and create. 


You have a few projects coming up, which one are you most excited about? And what can we expect?

S3 is my next album which is entirely produced by Brenk from Vienna who is currently working with MC Eiht and DJ Premier and others. He is amazing. It will be a full album of all new material and will be “doooooope”. It'll be out in early 2012. 

You are a man of many talents, music producing, DJ, singer, which one do you prefer?

I tend to focus on the ones that others enjoy most. I am always doing them all, however people of different parts of the world know me for doing different things. I'd like to continue to sing more because I still have room to grow. I imagine that as I allow myself to spend more time on them, all that they will become one thing. I may do them all on stage. Time will tell. But I look forward to continuing to develop as a singer.  

You have a soulful, timeless sound; does this come naturally to you?

 Wow thanks for saying that. I do think timelessness is important. I don’t make music to be famous; as a result I make music that is more about the sound, than me as a person. When I was finally able to allow myself to be myself, and I wasn’t scared of my voice,  when I was discovering it, I made a sound that is something I wanted to hear. I make music I like. I don't have any rules for it beyond that.  

A possible Australian tour?

I'd love to! When do I start?