“The future can, at times, have an effect on the past – I believe Borges articulated something similar”, Cheddy Carter
Fact #1: A recent FC Barcelona game witnessed a racist act against the Brazilian defender Dani Alves, as one of the supporters threw a banana in an attempt to resemble him to a monkey. Nevertheless, Alves responded brilliantly as he peeled and ate the banana quickly before continuing on with the game. Thereafter an anti-racism campaign was launched with the hashtag #somostodosmacacos (We are all monkeys).
Fact #2: The rappers IMMO, Charlie Marlowe and the producer Fonetik Simbol have been part of the four-piece combo Original Melody since 2002. The group has released two albums: Fantastic Four and Back & Fourth. In 2013 they started recording OM Sessions, a collection of four EP albums to be released throughout the year, but so far only two of them have appeared.
How is this connected to the debut single and video for Saturday Session by Cheddy Carter? Read the interview with this new, but experienced, hip hop trio and find out.
All of you are merited producers and performers with a shared history. Why did you decide to regroup as Cheddy Carter?
We decided to regroup and form the offshoot Cheddy Carter from Original Melody for two reasons: first, we are partial to the word ‘offshoot’, and seeing as we are rarely afforded the opportunity of using the word – we figured that to form an ‘offshoot’ band would greatly increase our chances of doing so. Second, seeing as only three out of Original Melody‘s four members were involved in the offshoot’s creation, we felt that said offshoot warranted a new name; after all, one cannot rightly call a clover a four-leaf clover if said clover has only three leaves. That would be delusional and misleading.
What inspired you to create Saturday Session?
There was no dramatic inspirational moment leading up to Saturday Session. I suppose that the title proclaims the concept. It was a Saturday. We had a session.
What’s up with you and bananas? When you were in Original Melody you released The Banana Sessions with a track called Banana Peel and now bananas are the main props in the new video.
Well, there are several reasons for the bananas. To begin with, the title of the song Banana Peel is derived from the idea that banana peels symbolize life’s pitfalls, and we felt that to discuss life’s pitfalls directly would be heavy-handed, and thus we went with a more symbolic and thus more subliminal approach. This also relates to the title of the project, i.e. Banana Sessions. As regards the video, in light of the recent Dani Alves scandal, involving bananas, we felt that we needed to voice our disapproval of racial prejudice, and again we went with a symbolic approach. Even though, I should mention, that the video was shot before that incident; we believe, however, that this did not necessarily prevent the incident from having an effect on the video’s aesthetic. The future can, at times, have an effect on the past – I believe Borges* articulated something similar. Finally, bananas are healthful, savory and fun.
* Jorge Luis Borges. Argentine short-story writer, essayist and poet.