Links to stream the EP are at the end of this article.
WI Kulcha spoke with DJ Puffy about his recently released EP, “Dream In Color.” The ace DJ/producer gave us insight into his thought process and inspiration while working on this project.
What was the process like for creating the EP?
It was an interesting process. I basically made these songs in just about a week and really enjoyed it because I felt like I was being 100% true to myself and expressing myself authentically at the time. Freedom of expression is very important for artistes. I didn’t entertain the thoughts of being limited to where I was from or what people expected of me musically at all.
Why the title “Dream In Color?”
About a week before I made the tracks, Slimz of 3rd Angle Designs here in Barbados made a purple version of the album art for fun. He sent it to me and he included the phrase “I Dream In Color” above my head in the art. While I was producing the songs, the colorful tones and progressions of each song brought the quote from Slimz’s artwork from the back of my mind, and with no hesitation, I named the project.
What/Who was your inspiration when creating this music?
The effects of quarantine/lockdown heavily inspired the vibes. I would say this sound resembles artists like Troyboi, Mura Masa and Decap.
The first song, Ambiente is an expression of how excited I was to be home for longer than a day or two. You can feel the elements of home with the presence of the steel pan.
The second song represents the uncertainty that I’ve been feeling. It was made on the 13th day of lockdown, hence the name “Day 13” and the scratch sample says “Say a prayer!” which is what I was doing a lot when the bad feelings started to consume me.
The 3rd is Ochi has a reggae element. It was me thinking about the fact that I would’ve been in Jamaica for carnival at the time .
The final track is a representation of a spiritual journey. The word “Ororo” means oil I believe. I also have a friend from Nigeria with this name and he actually commented on one of my posts the day I made the song after a long time of not hearing from him. While I was researching word definitions I came across this church video shot in Nigeria. In this video, a woman was describing how she used spiritual “Ororo” water to heal a sick child. I instantly made my decision.
How would you describe the project?
Dream In Color takes us through my mind and vault of global experiences. From the Caribbean and Jazzy elements in Ambiente to the Electronic, Hip Hop bounce in Day 13, the Trap, Reggae & Spouge influence in Ochi and ending with the deep, African spiritual journey of Ororo, this EP is my most accurate artistic expression to date.
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