Simon Pipe’s Debut Album Aids The Poor
Simon Pipe is a Bajan pop-reggae artist swimming upstream in what he calls “an industry that can swallow you whole in a second.” Preferring to employ his creative freedom unhindered as an independent artist, Pipe released his much anticipated debut studio album “Ya Probably Shouldn’ta” in March. His first order of business? To dedicate proceeds from digital sales for the month of April to the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS).
Simon talks to Kurama Magazine about his mission for the homeless, and what he calls a “pretty chilled, beachy sounding album with some cool social and spiritual themes snuck in there amongst the fun.”
Cover art for Simon Pipe's debut studio album
Kurama Magazine: Why did you name the album “Ya Probably Shouldn’ta”?
Simon Pipe: I’m not sure – I probably shouldn’ta done that.
Kurama Magazine: Cheeky. Are you the monkey on the cover?
Simon Pipe: That’s actually a photograph of me taken very early one morning.
KM: What inspired you to support the BVHS through digital sales in April?
SP: Well the BVHS is a charity I've been interested in supporting for a while now, I just had not managed to make contact with them until recently.
I see charity as a far more vast and exciting opportunity than just a simple donation from a distance. Community is key. We are brothers and sisters at the end of the day.
KM: Have you done charity work before?
SP: I used to volunteer with a couple of organizations in Bim doing various types of community work. My dad also runs a small charity through his church called "The Bread Basket" where folks can volunteer to spend some time on the weekends with our neighbours, assisting each other in different ways (mostly food and general maintenance).
But every time I've been involved in anything like this, I've come away feeling truly blessed. I just hope to meet some great people and do life with them.
Simon Pipe (Photo by Michael Alexander)
KM: Tell us about the singles you’ve already released from your album.
SP: Revolution Beat is an upbeat track, which is the result of me and Indrani messing around with a bunch of vocal melody and harmony ideas on top of some music I’d created for fun. Come Close is a hot and heavy track for that special person you want to really get close to. Stone’s Song is exactly that – a song I wrote for my son Stone. Good Vibrations is a simple catchy track about the beautiful island of Barbados and the wonderful folks who live here.
KM: Any collaborations fans can look forward to on “Ya Probably Shouldn’ta”?
SP: Only one ended up feeling right with the rest of the songs and that was Barbwire which is a track Damian Marvay and I worked on together.
KM: What’s the next step for your music?
SP: Who knows? I’d love to do some touring and use this music as positively as I possibly can. Besides that, I always just want to create more great music, meet more beautiful people and share great experiences.
“Ya Probably Shouldn’ta” is being sold in Surfer’s Café in Oistins, A & B Music, Lewis Drug Mart, all Cave Shepherd locations, Shamane’s in Canary Lane Mall, Sweet Temptations behind RBC Hastings and Tips to Toes in Pavillion Court. With 18 tracks, it’s a great buy to add a fresh set of tunes to your iPod. If you’re overseas and can’t pick up a hard copy – buy the digital album here. You would be supporting Simon’s drive for the BVHS and enjoying chilled out music. And listen out for Simon and Damien Marvay’s upcoming duet album “Blue”.