RGE: Who is Infinity Sound?
Paul: Infinity is a few people coming together to raise the reggae bar in Detroit. I am like the founder, and then Clive came and later moved on. Kirk and Rookie make up the other important parts of the Infinity puzzle. We also have an upcoming selector Bee Plus. There is also a live artist in the camp that goes by the name of Phantom, and the fans are a part of this, too.
Kirk: Infinity is a reggae dancehall sound.
RGE: Why did you guys change the name from Touchstone to Infinity?
Kirk: We needed a change and a new beginning. Plus Paul liked the car so we changed the name (LOL)!
Paul: The Reggae Gurlz must have been around a long time to remember that! There was a car called a G20 made by Infinity. I loved it - couldn?t afford it. So when it came time to make changes to the sound, Infinity Sound was the choice.
RGE: How long have you been djing?
Paul: As of May 2004, it will be 16 years.
RGE: Why did you decide to become a dj/ selecta, and how did you get started?
Kirk: I started when I was like 13 or 14 in Trinidad.
Paul: Well I started out in Jamaica, and when I migrated to Detroit, I started building Touchstone Sound, which is what you now know as Infinity Sound. I became a dj/ selector because I love entertaining people. I am a little shy to do stage work, so working on a sound fits right in because of the lighting in dances or parties.
RGE: How would you describe your style, and how does that make you different from other sounds?
Paul: Our style is very simple, if you pay money to hear Infinity Sound, we are going to entertain you, make you dance, laugh, do aerobics (Pon de River), whatever! People work hard for their money. So if you spend it with us, we make you enjoy it!
Kirk: Our style you know is hardcore jugglin?. We give a variety. It?s all about vibes.
RGE: What projects do you have planned for 2004 and where can our readers see you perform?
Paul: Well you know, The Tropical Hut has the city locked on a Thursday nite, Sunday nite its Reggae ?Passa Passa? at the Comfort Zone. We?re at various events throughout the other days of the week, and in May it?s the Source awards on Belle Isle. Detroit Reggae.com has it all.
RGE: Tell us about the annual Infinity Back to School picnic for the kids.
Paul: This is an event that we do every year for kids at Rouge Park. Last year we had great sponsors for the first time including C.U.S.S., Kevin and the Cavaliers Football Club, W.D sound and friends who stayed up all night and day to make it a success. Love to see kids eat, dance, play and after such a positive day, one had a computer courtesy of the Cavaliers football club. It was great!
Kirk: It?s our way of giving back to the community. It?s our way of showing respect and love for the community. We strive for it to get bigger and better and get more organized and more recognized.
RGE: What changes if any, do you plan to make for the back to school picnic you guys do every year?
Paul: None really, just hoping to get more help this year so I can make it better with more games slides, etc.
RGE: Does Infinity have any other annual events you would like to mention?
Paul: No, that?s it, but would like to work with other organizations to do more for Caribbean kids and the elders.
RGE: What motivates you and helps you to continue what you are doing?
Paul: My motivation is to see people having fun during the party, and at the end of the night, say thanks they enjoy it so much even though they?re hearing reggae for the first time.
Kirk: My motivation is love for what I do. That?s my motivation.
RGE: Who are your favorite sound systems?
Paul: I would have to say Stone Love because they get everyone involved at a party. They mix music very clean and that?s what we do in Detroit.
Kirk: My favorite sound is a sound from Trinidad and Chinese Laundry ? that?s like my favorite sound!
RGE: Who are your favorite reggae artists?
Paul: I would have to say Professor Nuts, because of his comedy delivery, Lt. Stitchie, but as far as the commercial field is concerned, Beenie Man is good because his songs get women going and that?s the goal.
Kirk: My all time favorite is Bob Marley, but from modern times is Garnett Silk.
RGE: Who would you like to see come to Detroit?
Kirk: Bass Odyssey and Renaissance.
RGE: Do you often travel to perform outside of Detroit? If so, where and what is the vibe like in those cities?
Paul: No we don?t travel outside Detroit very much.
RGE: What do you think needs to be done to increase the reggae vibe here in Detroit?
Kirk: Number one, we need our own radio station.
Paul: Well, radio needs to do more. For example, make a local sound man come to the station every week to spin music for twenty minutes (big up Michael Julien for starting that long ago). So, they need to promote us so we can promote them.
RGE: This year dancehall has received a lot of mainstream attention. Where do you see dancehall in the next 5 years?
Paul: Unfortunately I think it?s a current hype that may fade if we don?t support it. To no lesser degree, big up Sean Paul, Ele, Beenie Man and look out for T.O.K. run the place!
Kirk: In the next 5 years, I would love to see reggae get bigger and better for the Caribbean community.
RGE: Do you believe that this is just a trend or will dancehall be accepted and remain part of the mainstream?
Paul: Yes unfortunately, its just a trend until Caribbean people start supporting reggae, e-mailing BET, MTV, call WJLB, 105.9 and let them know you are listening.
RGE: How does it feel to be the Source Awards Sound Best Sound System for 2003?
Paul: I have been told that I was the winner, but I?m still not sure how I feel. If the judges are reggae fans that go out and listen to the music then.......great!
RGE: What was the reason for Infinity not appearing at last year\\\\\\\'s award show?
Paul: My main reason for not going was I didn?t know if the process was going to be fair.
RGE: Do you feel you\\\\\\\'ve won fair and square?
Paul: I don?t know. Only the fans know that. I put my all in whatever I do, though.
RGE: Since winning the best DJ/Sound of the year, how has this impacted your djing career?
Paul: I am not sure either way. We?re still spinning and doing things as good as they can be done.
RGE: What is your perception of the Source Awards processes and how do you feel you were selected to win?
Paul: I don?t know the procedures for choosing a winner. This year I see the Reggae Gurlz are actively involved. I see you ladies everywhere. You know who?s good who?s not. If you?re a part of the judging process, then it should be great this year - whoever wins.
RGE: You are nominated again this year. How do you feel about the other sounds that are also nominated?
Paul: These are all good sounds. It should be interesting to see who will win.
RGE: What other categories do you think should be included in the show?
Paul: Probably one that gives a gift certificate to an extraordinary kid below a certain age that goes above and beyond in the community, and the Caribbean community is not short of that!
RGE: The Source Awards is the only event that the Caribbean community here in Detroit has to celebrate as their own. Why aren\\\\\\\'t there more supporters and what needs to be done to get those in the community to come out to their own awards show?
Paul: Well the Source should do a better job of making the community feel like we?re a part of this, too - not just on the outside looking in. The community in return should show the paper the respect it deserves and support the event; but it must be mutual.
RGE: What do you feel The Source Awards does for Detroit and all West Indians living here?
Paul: The Source brings us the information we need every month; who?s coming to town, where the Detroit sounds will be, the bands will be, etc. Also it brings all the restaurateurs and every one together for the awards show.
RGE: What would you like to see at this years award show?
Paul: I would like to see this at the show and after in everyday life: the youths and the elders working together and erase the invisible line that divides us. Mr. Vincent Carr and Mr. Errol Service have extended love to almost every Caribbean youth. The youths should do the same. If we had that kind of partnership the W.I.A.A. would be strong.
RGE: What do you think the Source Awards should do to draw more attention not from just the Caribbean community, but the entire city, and maybe even some national attention?
Paul: Just market itself and be fair. Everything will fall in place later.
RGE: You will be djing at this year\\\\\\\'s event. What will the attendees expect to see from Infinity at the show?
Paul: The best of Infinity as always. Ladies wear the high heel shoes but pack a gym shoe in the car too, because it?s difficult to Signal the Plane, Row the Boat or do Pon the River in high heel shoes!
RGE: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Paul: Thank you to all the people that support reggae and make infinity what it is. Only you know what we do. Finally, to all djs, take it to another level. Make sure the music is blended as seamless as possible every time, and the people are always entertained! If this is done, it will only make it better for you and for me. Hopefully by the end of 2004, we will have a radio program going so we can promote the real sound men that?s been struggling for so long. Respect!
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