Renars about Bob Marley
Ingars: You told me earlier that while working on your new album, you were
influenced by Bob Marley. What kind of influence was that – purely musical
or were you influenced by the whole vibe and message of Bob's music?
Renars: Yes, we can say so... while recording the last album, every evening we and
Tony and Steve were listening to Bob's songs, relaxing and having fun and
dancing and singing along and... actually, the thing is that after a long day
of recording session you in a way hate any kind of sounds and music and any
kind of trouble, but this easiness and happiness that shines from this music
without any pressure, helps to find new energy and makes you to understand
that life is beautiful, enjoying the moment with friends and music. I think
the "vibes" could be the right word.
Ingars: Does this influence show up in your new album?
Renars: Nobody from the side could say it but we know that it is there! In a
song, "She's My Love", we even tried to imitate some drum patterns of
reggae, but mostly it appears in a spiritual level... and, yes, we know it:)
Ingars: Which is your favorite Bob Marley’s song?
Renars: " Redemption Song"... just simply wonderful...
Ingars: Do you ever plan to record a reggae song?
Renars: Who knows... most likely for our own fun if we ever plan to.
Ingars: Bob Marley in his lyrics wrote about his Rasta beliefs, social conditions
in Jamaica and the Third World liberation struggle. What are the main themes
of your lyrics? How have they changed with the time?
Renars: Whatever you write about, I think there is only one source of energy and
inspiration – Love. Any kind of Love... Love that can protest and resign and
laugh and cry... and love, of course! And lyrics just show how love changes
Ingars: Do you ever see yourself acquiring a level of a national hero in Latvia,
just like Bob did in Jamaica?
Renars: People of small nations and countries are always double proud to do some
favour for their motherland's recognition in the world, and we are as well.
But it is not an aim of mine or ours to become national heroes or... well, I
don't want to dishonest, it is nice to be famous and to have some influence
and money, but it can't be the end in itself. You should do what you like
and what you believe in. Just got some new ideas on this subject from