[fa:p:a=72157594267830938,id=312454248,j=r,s=s,l=p]AUSTIN DAZE: Your new album “Love is My Religion” is amazing. How does it feel for you? Does it feel more or less special than anything else you have created?
ZIGGY MARLEY: this was an album that was special in a couple of ways. One of the main ways is that this is an album that is a message about my religion. I am honored that I was inspired to bring that message to people
AD: It’s wonderful. The title track, “Love is My Religion,” acoustic version, is our favorite right now. Where did that song come from and why did you decide to do an acoustic version?
ZM: That song came from the consciousness; the realization of what the truth is, pertaining to the concept above; about the concept of religion; and the concept of God. The truth is not with these conflicting deities and rituals and means to get to that place that some people call heaven, that some people call Nirvana. To get to that consciousness, it is a simple thing called love. I think that is just a realization that I have come to and I’m inspired to tell people. The acoustic version I did because it is the spirit of the song. That is definitely where the song is coming from. I write songs like that; that’s how I write my songs. With the acoustic guitar, I just wanted to represent that side of the song.
AD: This is your second album without the Melody Makers. How was the experience recording it?
ZM: This album was a very spiritual experience. I felt good vibes; I was inspired; motivated; I was excited to do the album. The universe was with me on making a record because of the importance of that message: love is my religion. Because religion is such a device for mankind the statement that “love is my religion” is a very important one to make today and a very truthful one–one that people take heed to, and it’s not just a word. Making the record, it was very spiritual.
AD: What do you want people to get from this album?
ZM: I want people to feel good. I want people to feel awakened and in their consciousness by music, and the message in the music. That’s all I want. I want to inspire people to follow their consciousness.
AD: Your touring schedule is full. How do you find time to stay spiritual in the hustle and flow of it all?
ZM: During that time I speak to myself; speak to my consciousness; speak to higher forces. Everyday is spirituality–you’re living life; it’s not different. Spirituality is not something I have to do, it’s something I live everyday.
AD: Has the comparison with your father been a stigma that has inhibited your ability to create further or has it been a comparison you have dodged?
ZM: I am my father’s son. It’s very natural for me to have characteristics of my father. If I wasn’t my father’s son than I wouldn’t have any characteristics of him, so obviously, he is a part of me. So it’s natural. What can you say? I can’t help being who I am. I can’t stop that.
AD: Share with us your song writing process.
ZM: It’s not a process. It’s more like something that comes from inside of me that I keep nourishing–feeling. And that feeling that feeds the consciousness, that feeling that speaks consciousness, speaks that we are mentally one being, from that I feed from the tree that feeds the fruits of inspiration; that feeds the fruits of the lyrics. I am inspired by that force that makes everything possible: the force that moves the ocean; the force that makes the waves of the ocean. That’s the force that inspires me. It is something special to me that I write these songs that I write. It’s something outside of me–that’s how I saw it. It’s not coming from my own head; it’s coming from another way. But why it is coming is because my mind is open and I am seeking. Like, if you don’t seek you will not find; seek and you will find. So I am seeking. I am finding and I’m going on. That’s where these songs come from: that seeking and that open minded-ness. The universe is free to inspire me to bring the truth to the people.
AD: Who and what are your influences?
ZM: Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. I have studied many philosophies of many people writing about their own journey through life. My father, Fela Kuti–many, many musicians who I’ve learned from their experiences. What I’ve learned from them is that freedom of artistic expression is more important than making a commercially successful record, because great art is forever. If you try to make something commercially, it’s a trend. And I want to be timeless. If I do what is my religion, then I will be timeless.
AD: Tell us about U.R.G.E.
ZM: U.R.G.E.–Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment. We’re trying to raise a little money, to do what we can do. We have food to give, we have individuals to help, we have whatever fills a need. We do what we can. You can help people in your community. It’s not about U.R.G.E. It’s about humanity. Help human beings wherever you are.
[fa:p:a=72157594267830938,id=312454541,j=r,s=s,l=p]AD: What wisdom would you offer to someone starting in the music business?
ZM: Music for me is not a business; music for me is my purpose. You do what it takes to make a business work. My job is to inspire people, to awaken people, and that is not a business. That is a purpose in life. It is my destiny to inspire and awaken consciousness in people. I really don’t know the business of it because I was given that purpose; I was given that job by whatever force gave it to me. Whatever you want to call it–I don’t know what to call it–but I was given that job. You may say that I am given the gift. So it all depends on why you get into music: if you want to do music, then go ahead to do music, and if you need to sell, then that’s what you need to do. But if you have something in life that is forcing your purpose, forcing your destiny, forcing your mission and your reason why you are making music, the reason why you speak, the reason why you are writing a book, the reason why you are talking to anyone, then do that.
AD: Anything else?
ZM: Thank you. Be Love!