Interview: Reasoning With Clive Chin
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Recently featured in the documentary Bob Marley, Clive and his father Vincent “Randy” Chin worked with every major reggae artist and musician of the 1970s, and if you’ve ever heard him spinning tunes, you know that every DJ set is like a history lesson. We caught up with Clive for this exclusive interview a few weeks back, and for some reason our conversation started with food…
I love cooking—the way to a woman’s heart. I am not very good on words to sweet talk a woman, lyrically speaking. I’m usually down-to-earth. I don’t beat around the bush. Coming back to the food, I love to be very creative and I don’t go by a cookbook that tells you “one teaspoon.” I go by my own measurements.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? JAMAICAN?
No—I like international food. In order to appreciate your food you gotta appreciate what’s out there. I love curry cause it has that spice, that smack. I don’t like food that is bland. And experimenting with curry and with things like herbal seasoning, experimenting with spices you can create your own dish, your own little experiment….
JUST LIKE HOW YOU DO IN THE STUDIO?
I give you one instance. It’s like I use different instruments in my recordings to see how it plays out and it works. Sometimes other journalists have asked me about the Alton Elis track “Too Late to Turn Back.” Once Rodigan ask me why was the guitar so sharp? I told him it was a cheese grater. When I told him that he almost fell off the chair.