Interview by Okayplayer, backstage at his recent show at B.B. Kings in NYC.
Song Is This Love (Written by Bob Marley)
Label: Plug Research
Director: Greg Ponstingl
Copyright: © 2010 Plug Research Music
Is This Love FREE Track here.
This was a very special day that sometimes feels can only take place in Los Angeles. The weather was perfect, the studio was reminiscent of a studio in Capitol Records during the 60’s. We truly hope you will enjoy this video as much as we do. Bob Marley lives on through this Bilal rendition.
We approached Bilal with the idea of doing cover songs and approached miguel individually. They are both very fond of each other. Bilal worked on Suite For Ma Dukes and the Grand Performances concert for Miguel. Miguel laid down some work on bilals record (Think It Over, Levels) and they have been working together for some time now.
It was Bilals idea to work on Is This Love. Miguel booked the awesome musicians and wrote basic charts. Bilal made sure to get the sound he was looking for. We recorded a couple of songs during this session. If folks are lucky enough, they will be released a little later in the campaign. If not, then you might just have to wonder for yourself how amazing Portisheads “Strangers” and Soft Cells “Tainted Love” came out.
Executive Producer: Tom Bacon
Produced By: Plug Research
Shot by: Greg Ponstingl and Denny Kim
Edited by Greg Ponstingl
Recorded by Benjamin Tierney
Mixed by: Benjamin Tierney & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (musical director, violin)
Om’Mas Keith (piano)
Dennis Hamm (rhodes)
Brandon Coleman (organ)
Marcel Camargo (guitar)
Gabe Noel (bass)
Gene Coye (drums)
Allakoi Peete (percussion)
Interview conducted by Sweeney Kovar
Directed and shot by Eric Coleman
Edited by Luke Lynch
This interview took place in September 2009 when Bilal flew to Los Angeles to be a part of Shafiq Husayn’s “cheeba” music video.
Footage by Mikael Colombu