California-based Eddie Witz and The Most High dive into new single 'Jamaica Time' and upcoming album

Multi-faceted collective Eddie Witz and The Most High are transporting listeners to the tropical beaches of Jamaica with the carefree new single 'Jamaica Time'. Eddie gave us the lowdown on the recording process, filming the music video and more...

Hi Eddie, how are you? Let’s kick things off by talking about the inspiration behind your new single, ‘Jamaica Time’... 

Thank you, I'm doing great and thrilled to be here chatting with you! It's always a pleasure to share my journey and music with others. "Jamaica Time" originated over 30 years ago when my Jamaican songwriting/producing partner, Grammy Award-winning Native Wayne Jobson, penned it for Jimmy Buffett. Despite Jimmy not recording the song, after his passing, Native Wayne suggested we record it together as a tribute to him. The song embodies the laid-back, carefree vibe of Jamaica, and our creative process aimed to capture that essence through music. We wanted to create something authentic to the spirit of the Caribbean while paying homage to our friend and mentor, Jimmy Buffett. It was a collaborative effort that allowed us to infuse our own experiences and influences into the song.

Jamaica Time’ maintains a relaxed, sun-soaked vibe, evoking a soulful combination of pop, reggae, folk and americana. Can you describe the atmosphere you aimed to capture with this song? 

One of the primary goals of my music, including "Jamaica Time," is to uplift listeners and spread positivity. Music has a unique ability to evoke emotions and create connections, and I want my songs to bring joy and inspiration to those who listen. "Jamaica Time" combines sunny folk-pop melodies with a reggae rhythm, creating a feel-good vibe that encourages listeners to let go of their worries and just enjoy the moment.

In a world that can often feel chaotic and overwhelming, I hope that my music brings a smile to your face and brightens your day. I believe that music has the power to uplift spirits and remind us of the beauty and magic that surrounds us. Through my music, I aim to create a sense of positivity and connection that resonates with listeners and leaves them feeling uplifted and inspired.

The messages I want the album to convey are ones of self-discovery, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, and a celebration of individuality. I want listeners to feel empowered to embrace who they are, explore their journey, and find strength in their uniqueness. 

‘Jamaica Time’ is a musical celebration of the country’s culture and status as a major holiday attraction. How did you incorporate elements of Jamaican musical influences into the track? 

The recording process for "Jamaica Time" was an incredibly exciting and collaborative experience. Once the rhythm section was in place, we began layering on additional instruments and textures to enhance the song's musical arrangement. We added keyboards, percussion, and other melodic elements to fill out the sound and create depth. From the soulful rhythm & keyboard section recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Lyn, to Randy Cooke's lead drum kit performance contribution elevated by Adam Topol's world-class percussion tracking, we worked tirelessly to bring out the authentic sound of the Caribbean. As for the vocals, we spent time experimenting with different harmonies and vocal arrangements to complement the music. I wanted the lyrics to paint a vivid picture of a carefree day in Jamaica, so we focused on delivering the vocals with warmth and sincerity, infusing each line with emotion and imagery. I believe each musician's talent and passion helped us capture the essence of Jamaica in every note.

In what ways did your band, ‘Eddie Witz and The Most High’, compliment your vision for ‘Jamaica Time’? 

For "Jamaica Time," each member of Eddie Witz and The Most High brought their own unique flavor to the song. From the infectious and soulful rhythm & keyboard section recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Lyn, to Randy Cooke's lead drum kit performance, elevated by Adam Topol's world-class percussion tracking, we worked tirelessly to bring out the authentic sound of the Caribbean. We wanted to capture the essence of Jamaica in every note, and I believe each musician's individual talent and passion did just that.

As summer approaches, do you think ‘Jamaica Time’ is set out to be a perfect anthem for warmer days ahead? 

"Jamaica Time" is the perfect anthem for warmer days ahead, especially as summer approaches. Its infectious rhythms, sunny melodies, and carefree vibe make it the ideal soundtrack for beach parties, road trips, or simply lounging in the sun. The song captures the essence of summer - the feeling of freedom, adventure, and relaxation - making it a must-have addition to any summer playlist.

Can you provide an insight into the production process behind ‘Jamaica Time’ - were there any specific instruments or techniques used to create its unique sound? 

The production process behind "Jamaica Time" was an exciting journey, filled with creativity and collaboration. One of the key elements that helped shape the song's unique sound was the steel drum, also known as the pan drum. We wanted to capture the essence of Caribbean music, and the steel drum provided the perfect heart and soul melody for the song. The sound of the steel drum instantly transports listeners to the shores of Jamaica, evoking images of palm trees swaying in the breeze and crystal-clear waters. Incorporating the steel drum into the song required careful planning and execution. We worked closely with a skilled steel drum player to ensure that the instrument's vibrant and resonant tones were captured authentically. During the recording process, we experimented with different techniques to enhance the steel drum's sound and ensure it blended seamlessly with the other instruments. We played around with mic placement, EQ settings, and effects to achieve the perfect balance and create a lush, immersive sound.

Additionally, we utilized a combination of live instrumentation and electronic elements to further enhance the song's texture and energy. From the infectious rhythms of the drums and bass to the shimmering keyboards and pulsating percussion, each instrument played a crucial role in bringing "Jamaica Time" to life. Overall, the production process was a collaborative effort that aimed to capture the vibrant spirit of Jamaica and create a song that resonates with listeners on a deep level. The steel drum, with its distinctive sound and infectious melody, played a central role in shaping the song's unique sound and bringing the sunny vibes of the Caribbean to audiences around the world.


Can listeners expect any upcoming visuals? 

Yes, the "Jamaica Time" music video is available to watch at this YouTube link: Watch Here


Lastly, are you currently working on any new music?

I'm currently collaborating with other artists and plan to keep writing, recording, and releasing new music. Some of the songs I'm working on include "Drink Deep," "Same Moon Tonight," "Keys to the Kingdom," and a cover of a lesser-known Bryan Adams song called "Coming Home." I aim to complete my first LP by the end of the year, and these tracks will be a part of it.

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Penelope Parker

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