Recently we had the opportunity to speak with George Reefah. Read up on a lot of interesting things you may not have known about George.
Hi George! As this is your first interview with MaxMuzik, let’s start off with a little background. How did you get into music?
George: I was always one who would write poems or lyrics for fun without the courage to ever perform them growing up. It wasn’t until I made a trip to NYC in 2005 with my brother, who at the time was a Radio DJ in Toronto, to shop my demo at the Universal Records offices. Memphis Bleek from Roc-A-Fella records (Jay-z, Kanye West, Rihanna) was there and heard my demo and loved it! I knew right away that music was my calling and I was ready to pursue it!
For our readers who’ve never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words.
Can you offer insight into some of your musical inspirations?
George: My music inspiration actually comes from three different people; my mother influenced me as a child, my teenage sister added to it, and my pre-teen brother rounded it off. They all listened to different generations of music and I was the elementary school kid who was there to take it all in. My mother listened to allot of 60s and 70’s Soul, my sister listened to allot of 80s Pop, and my brother listened to allot of late 80s Hip Hop…and when you put that all together! You get GEORGE REEFAH…
Less than a month ago, you released the music video for “Bump”. What was that experience like for you?
George: Bump is actually my introduction to what the music industry is really about! It has been a two and a half year process to create and release Bump. It was recorded in Massachusetts with one of the greatest producers in the country, Michael Grant, and we had a blast coming up with the concept and the music. During the mixing process I had the opportunity to sit and work with one of the most experienced engineers on the continent, Demacio ‘Demo’ Castillon, at the Hit Factory in Miami. The video was shot in two locations, the first in New Jersey with Joseph Zentil (Kreayshawn “Gucci Gucci”) and the second in Los Angeles with Zak Longo. Bump was an amazing experience and I cant wait to get working on the next hit!!!!
The video has since received over 330K views. What was your reaction/thought when you saw it pass quarter-million?
George: I originally expected 100k in the first month because i had garnered so much support during the creation of the record, but i noticed it passed that mark after the first 2 days! At that point I was astonished that so many people were supporting and helping out with the promotion of the record. By the time it hit a quarter million I noticed that all the hard work creating the song and video was literally paying off, view by view, right in front of my eyes! I was ready to become a motivational speaker because I felt like telling everyone, “If you work hard enough and want it bad enough, your dreams CAN come true!!”
How was your experience working with Nivea? And who would you like to collaborate with in the near future?
George: Nivea is talented beyond comprehension! It wasn’t until 9 months after we created the record that Nivea heard it and got in contact with us to collaborate on it. We were really excited in her interest in the record so we got her out to New York City to record her vocals on it, and just as we expected, she killed it! Once she walked into the booth, we knew we were working with an experienced star! Both Michael Grant, and I believed that Nivea turned a hot song, into a hit. As long as any other artist that I work with is as talented and professional as Nivea is, I’m willing to work with anyone. I love all music and all genres and I hope I can work with many other chart topping artists for many years to come.
If you could open up for an artist right now, who would it be and why?
George: It looks like Kanye West, and Kid Cudi and all the guys in G.O.O.D music are having alotta fun right now so i woulden’t mind getting in one of their tours.
Speaking of shows, what are you touring plans for the rest of the year?
George: I’m currently working on the Bump Promotional Tour which will have me doing shows across the US and Canada before the end of the year. In the meantime I’ve been doing quite a bit of shows locally across New York City with a collective that I’m a part of called Brooklyn35.
What artists would fans be surprised to find on your iPod?
George: WOW! My fans would probably be surprised at 80% of the artists on my Ipod, but if I had to choose one I would probably say Eek-A-Mouse. He’s a 70’s Jamaican reggae dub artist that uses ska and beat-boxing instead of lyrics in his music. I would guess that no one outside of Jamaica listens to much Eek-A-Mouse anymore but who knows, I could be wrong.
Any final thoughts or parting words?
George: Well shoutout to MaxMuzik.com for having me, and ya, for more GEORGE REEFAH just check out www.georgereefah.com or hit up my facebook page at www.facebook.com/georgereefah or follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/greefah!! Thank you for kickin it wit me! Hope to hear from ya soon. Till then, Enjoy! 😉