Collision 2018: A Sit down with a Jillionaire

A half day spent on watching his YouTube videos didn’t prepare me for the completeness of Christopher Leacock better known as Jillionaire the Trinidadian celebrity DJ and music producer.

As I watched Chris approach the Collision Media Village he seemed out of sync with the cacophony that defined the Collision 2018 technical summit.  The intensity of expression and the innate quality of separate seemed an aura.  So, my desire to script the essence of how Jillionaire crafts his art suddenly felt daunting.   I wanted to know what influencers shaped his world creating the global phenom of Jillionaire. Five minutes into conversation the agent of cultural change awakened

I wanted to know what thoughts and ideas lie behind the warm brown eyes and musical drive.

Born April 3, 1978 in Trinidad, it was a time of political upheaval. A government struggling toward cultural reform was the environment molding Chris’ social economic beliefs. Considering the social unrest that defined the small country since 1971 I wanted his opinion on Trinidad’s new political leadership. On the 19th of March 2018, Paula-Mae Weekes became the first woman to hold the office of President of Trinidad-Tobago. His honesty on the subject both surprised and pleased.

Chris voiced ideologies that millions in his generation embrace. Do away with the politics of marginalization, the inclusion, exclusivities, and the disparities dictated by earlier generations for far too long.  I realized that I was staring into eyes mirroring thoughts of the remolding of societies by the most perfect ways. Through music and art Jillionaire and others are the cultural architects shaping our future. This new generation disavows our need for Tribalism and politicizing marginalization.

Jillionaire’s embrace of global music and its creators’ examples

There’s a stream of awakening that has become a commonality energizing global musical sounds no matter the genre or language.  Christopher Leacock realizes that thoughts shape our worlds and spaces and that meme is reflective in his art. It’s also exampled in his choices of collaborations and new projects. He freely shares future works on his YouTube and Soundcloud channels.

Marginalization – no matter how politically needful must end to create true autonomy.

Jillionaire’s craft preaches about the needful things necessary to evolvement and a better more equal time in space. He spoke forcefully of the need to dispel the “isms” of race, religion, and gender.

Until we ignore the overworked political meme of marginalization, and its consequential exploitation, cultural tribes will remain. Making strife induced inequity and political tribalism the norm for generations.

During Collision 2018, I took away from my sit down with Jillionaire a confirmation of the quiet cultural revolution.

 

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