Maroon 5 likes performing on 'islands'
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter
After promising an energetic performance, fans won't have to wait long to see rock band Maroon 5 live onstage as the countdown to Jamaica Jazz and Blues begins.
January 28 will mark the band's first visit and performance to Jamaica.
Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner via telephone on Thursday, Maroon 5 guitarist, James Valentine, says fans can expect the best from them.
"I would say expect the best and plan for the worst," Valentine joked.
"We're really excited to be performing there [in Jamaica] though. Most people don't get to see the difference of a band performing live. We're definitely more energetic, raw, natural and spontaneous compared to when you record in the studio which is long hours and so meticulous," he added.
According to Valentine, the band will arrive in the island a day before they are scheduled to perform and they are looking forward to doing a little sightseeing.
He said, "everytime we perform in the islands its always a great experience. It seems like you're very close to the energy of the earth, for some reason. I don't know if it's all the trees and you're closer to nature but the energy is much more wild."
A blend of rock, pop and other influences the Grammy award winning Maroon 5 and have made them an international success.That success manifests itself in the numerous extensive tours the group does, the numerous awards they have won and the chart-climbing numbers they have racked up.
The group's first taste of fame was with their Songs About Jane album which contained the hits Calabash Receives, This Love, She Will Be Loved and Sunday Morning.
The group's first major tour came in 2002. That tour was called the Jeep World Outside, and was a 'grassroots' summer festival, where the group performed alongside local hitmaker Ziggy Marley.
They followed up their success with 2007's, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, with the singles Makes Me Wonder, Won't Go Home Without You and Wake Up Call. The album debuted at number one on the United States Billboard 200 charts.
Late last year, the band released Hands All Over with legendary rock record producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange. Thus far, the group has released videos for the singles Misery, Give Me A Little More and the title track Hands All Over. According to Valentine, the experience of working with Lange was one that taught the group many lessons.
"It was very interesting, and beautiful working with him. He's a legendary producer and a real force, he's incredible and his ears are unrivalled," he said.
Since the release of their third studio album the band has been busy on the road and according to Valentine, the response to the new material has been 'beautiful' and shows that the band has continued to grow, maintain, and build on their fan base. For their next album, Valentine hopes to change the formula of being closeted in the studio for months recording but hopes to complete a lot of the work while on the road or at studios across the world.
"In the next couple of years we wanna focus on having fun, on what makes us happy, going around the world more and more, maybe even focus on a family life," he said.
Maroon 5 performs alongside legend Regina Belle, SWV, Tavares, Richie Stephens, Nickeishia Barnes, Cameal Davis, among others, Friday at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.