This young man, under his first impression of young frenchie, is transformed once on stage in public crowd with a voice of a rastafary lion. Beginning very young, he chained trips to Jamaica and the United States, giving it a range of styles now overflowing. He then made his name, sharing his posters alongside Afura or Gentleman. His presence, almost wonder, is one of the strengths that led him to the recognition. Today at X-Ray Production, he skims the concert halls alongside Noble Society and many others. It is at the Akwaba, a few miles from the office, that we went to interview him. And we must say that once in the backstage, we realized that it would go ahead in a pretty cool atmosphere. Besides that, our past experiences left me the memory of an english “Garden Party”.
J / Can you introduce yourself to our readers Biga ?
B / Okay then hello, my name is Biga Ranx, Mc Ragga. Well, I’m French, born in 88. I started my career in 2004 with my first album in 2011. Here I am on my ultimate date of my tour. That’s cool, we’re here tonight at the Akwaba.
J / What was the trigger that made you start so young in music ? I still read that it was about 12-13 years you started.
B / It is the love of music man, I had a lot of influences from my brother, my DJ nowadays. He made me listen to the sound, he pushed me to do that. It was really what I loved, when you’re a little boy, you really have a head full of dreams. He was mixing, I was therefore more an Mc, it was my role to lead the party. I was a kind of attraction, small boy behind the microphone, to swing the roots of ragga, I was specialized in there.
J / With the time, you began to accumulate more and more music styles. What can you tell us about your visit in London, about your Anglo-Saxon experiences ?
B / It made me definitly enrich musically. Before, I was in a more traditional style, although I have listened to many Hiphop, many different styles. But I was a bit closed in there. Over the years, I started listening to digital ragga, dancehall, things that ultimately have opened me on lots of music styles. I try to draw my inspiration from many different styles, yeah.
J / How do you organize your collaborations ?
B / My collaborations are happening less than before. At a time I did it, squatting, sleeping in the studios in Paris. I was with artists I met, it was God who put them on my path. I did not choose, so we shared the same thing, the love of music. It came like that.
J / More than artistic performances, you seem quite engaged with titles like «It’s Shame». Is it for you a responsibility for the artists to show their point of view of the world of today ?
B / Everyone takes it a bit as he wants, some are there purely to entertain people, others to convey messages that will make conscious thoughts. Personally, I try to do a bit of both. I don’t feel more inclined to truth than another, I don’t wanna fall into the preachy stuff actually. Just bring my little point of view as you said. I make conscious lyrics, with subjects that facilitate the songwriting.
J / As a vynil lover, I noticed that you pressed a lot. Is it for the sound quality, or by principle ? It’s still a lot of work, in addition also as a risk investment.
B / Let’s say there is really the object side, realization. Bringing out a vinyl for an artist, it is the thing we all expected. Then there is the original stuff, as you say also for the sound, that’s really what’s best. And we’ll continue to press for a long time, even if it will not be huge presses.
J / The typical day of Biga ?
B / You’ve got the on tour day and the day at home. The day on tour, I wake up at the hotel, I hurry because I’m stuffed. Then we go up in the jumpy, Doudou lights a cigarette and says»Ok guys, we’re left.» We check balance once there where we will play, then I sleeping. I emerge an hour before the show and then I go on stage. I come out, then I make party with the staff, then I wake up in another hotel. If I’m at home, it is immediately shifted much, much less mornings when I’m late, I turn off my phone, I listen and make music all night long with my friends ... Well, the artist’s life !