LargeUp Interview: Viral Vibes with Lucas DiPasquale

September 10, 2014


LU: When was the first time you visited Jamaica?

LD: It was the beginning of June to film the OnStage TV interview with Winford [Williams]. That was the purpose of the trip. I did an interview with DJ Sparks, and Dennis Brooks of Nationwide 90 FM. ย I also got to see the Bob Marley Museum, which was probably one of the coolest experiences of my life. That was phenomenal. I didnโ€™t understand the legacy that he left. I was not ready for it. Itโ€™s one of most memorable experiences Iโ€™ve ever had.

LU: How did your Dream Weekend appearance come together?

LD: Someone from my team contacted someone from Popcaanโ€™s team, and we got the invite. Dream Weekend flew me out. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I met Popcaan at the Bahia [Grand Bahia Principe Resort]. ย I knew from being around him that he was a super genuine guy. I took a nap, cause I had to perform at two in the morning. We headed out, watched performances, and met people. It was crazy.

LU: Airhorns galore.

LD: Yeah, wasnโ€™t expecting that. After I got off the stage, it was a surreal experience getting that kind of feedback.

LU: What was the most gratifying aspect of performing with Popcaan?

LD: It didnโ€™t seem like he was forced to do it. He was really friendly the entire time, and fun to hang out with. I think the coolest part was when he got up on stage and started singing โ€œGet Gyal Easy.โ€ I knew the song too, but I was so focused that I didnโ€™t want to join in. I wasnโ€™t even going to groove because I was like โ€œman, I gotta make sure I play these chords right.โ€ Of course, no one could really hear them because everyone was screaming. Now, itโ€™s getting me hyped to collab with everybody. That little thing on stage sparked my imagination of who would sound good on a particular verse.

Assassin was also there, and the only thing I knew him from was โ€œIโ€™m In Itโ€ off [Kanye Westโ€™s] Yeezus. Heโ€™s sick. I did an Instagram video with him as he was singing the verse from โ€œIโ€™m In It.โ€ He saw my performance and he was like โ€œHey man, great job.โ€ Iโ€™m sitting in Negril at 4:30 in the morning and Assassin is bigging me up. It was surreal. At that point I realized, โ€œWow, itโ€™s really happening. Weโ€™re really doing this music thing.โ€

Continue reading.