His status as being the voice behind a new sound of storytelling composition to come out of Liberia has many citizens wondering, who is 2Switt?
Proclaimed by UNMIL radio recently on the Chris Wolo show as having the best Liberian humanitarian track of the year (2013) “Why She Cry” featuring F.A.; LIB LIFE deemed it necessary to catch up with this talented brother and ask him where all of this swag and storytelling flair came from.
LIB LIFE: 2Switt, your name is all over Liberia about the contributions that you’re making to the industry. It’s like you fell out of the sky, and we want to know from whence you came.
2Switt: Ha-ha. I came from Gardnersville to be precise, but have been schooling and living in Sierra Leone since I was 8 years old. My father is a Sierra Leonean and that’s why I talk like this. Even though I sound very Sierra Leonean, I’m a Liberian, that’s for sure.
LIB LIFE: The track “Why she cry” was not the first track that you’ve done in your lengthy career, so tell us about the other tracks you’ve made.
2Switt: I’ve done “Will you be there for me”, “We did it now”, “Thank you Lord” ft Bernice Blackie, “Who dat boy deh” ft DJ Blue and “Party hard” ft Cypha D’King. I have new tracks out, including “I’m sorry” ft Quincy B and “Why she cry”, featuring F.A.
LIB LIFE: You have the gift to draw a vivid picture for your audience through your lyrics and story telling. Where did you muster up such creativity?
2Switt: I’ve been in music for a very long time, in fact, my father gave me my first recording studio when I was 11 years old. So, I grew up doing music with big musicians in Salone and was known as MID.
LIB LIFE: There’s word that you wrote the song that won the president’s writer contest, are you that good of a writer?
2Switt: I collaborated with Quincy B and wrote the song that won the president’s competition. I am good at helping to polish people’s songs, but some people feel small when somebody gives them written music here. You should not feel small but bigger in fact because other people writing your tracks can help you to sound different.
LIB LIFE: So it’s important to grow in the industry, even if that means taking instruction and being critiqued by other people?
2Switt: Yes! I work with people all of the time so I can get the best out of myself. Working with people allows them to tell me where I fall short, if I’m not doing too well. I want you to tell me so I can better myself. This industry is teamwork, tell me where I fall short, and I’ll tell you where you fall short.
LIB LIFE: Your accent seems to be the golden treasure in your songs, but do you find it hard having a foreign accent in your own country?
2Switt: People get confused that I’m not a Liberian, maybe because I’m supposed to speak “Colo”. Many Liberians don’t know what it takes to grow up in a foreign country. So when they call me foreigner, the pain that adds to that makes me feel bad.
LIB LIFE: I can understand. I guess that means there are great big challenges that you have to maneuver around? Being 2Switt’s not easy is it?
2Switt: Ha-ha. That’s what brought me back home, something was done to me and I was the victim. My sister asked me to come back home to start fresh. Some people didn’t want to see me at a certain place at a certain time, and that’s what happened to me and how I was the victim.
LIB LIFE: With all of the challenges comes champagne and celebration, new things at the end. Tell me, what do you have in store for us this 2014 now that you’ve been rated so high by the show on UNMIL radio?
2Switt: Right now I am doing a project with UNMIL and working on 2 to 3 concerts. Next month I will be participating in the East vs. West concert battle in Sierra Leone along with musicians from all over Africa.
LIB LIFE: Great. With all of that said, will you be able to remain 2014’s musical prodigy in our steadily growing industry?
2Switt: I can assure you that not only in Liberia, but I’m one of the best rappers in Liberia. From what I’ve heard and seen, I know that I am the best storyteller, and will make the heat and be ahead of my game. People just want to hear something different no matter who brings it, and I’m fortunate to be that person. Everybody does Colloquia, and for a change people want to see Liberia differently, and I’m the only person who sounds different right now.
LIB LIFE: Before we go, I just want to know if you will be able to maintain how differently you sound now that you are no longer in Sierra Leone?
2Switt: I can maintain my accent and have switched my style now to give my fans more than what they heard last year.
LIB LIFE: Nice having you here and we look forward to having all of your music and seeing you in concert. Would you like to share anything before we go?
2Switt: Oh yeah. No girlfriend, single and definitely looking forward to being with a beautiful Liberian woman. Thought I’d share that about myself. (Laughter)