Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Hugo Poncet, I was born in Lyon, France. My father was a double bass player, mostly doing Jazz. And my grandpa and uncle were singing in a choir. This gave me access to music at a very young age. I learned percussion, guitar and singing by myself. I mostly grew up listening to Rap, hip-hop and reggae, because that was the music that were played in my neighborhood. I released 2 street tapes at age 15 and 17.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Then I emigrated in China when I was 21, and I put up a crew with a Cameroonian friend called UBC, we were also working with Ethiopian, Chinese and Caribbean friends. We toured the whole China during 6 years, trying to expand reggae music here. Then this year I put up the first ever reggae music label in China Mainland with 2 friends. The label is called DB Bros Records and our aim is to promote the reggae movement in and out China, by producing projects with both international and local artists, promoting international artists locally and local artists internationally. We already released about 4 albums this years.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I released this new solo album  after  more than  a decade  of dedication to music. The music video is a message to remind how the world is nowadays and why we should be careful with how we are moving forward. We have tendencies to let the wrong things become normal and we forget about where we come from and how we should live together. The whole album is a message about different things that I’ve seen growing up into this world. But overall a conscious message about how the world is nowadays and how, by small means, we can change things. Some songs are dedicated to music itself, some other songs, like the one that I did with the NY rapper Jackson Turner and the UK rapper Apex Zero, are depicting the atrocities that people endure from a certain type of people leading  the world.  Always the same people that are on the wrong side, born poor and in chains. And I’m trying to deliver a message of hope and unity. I’m also focusing on the people of tomorrow, alongside the great artist Anthony B, giving a message of hope to the younger generations. I also like to entertain and to challenge myself, this is why this album is not only reggae, we can find some Ska and some Hip-hop music as well.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Being a musician, is to me, a real dedication and passion, but it’s also a mission. We keep delivering music, conscious and positive messages around the world. We’re always here even though like any one else we have our lives. Marriage, kids, jobs on the side to bring the daily bread and be sure our families can eat 3 meals a day. We hardly get rest, we live with a purpose trying to help this world go round. God gave us a mission that we must accomplish, we are musicians.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

We are actually 3 friends doing most of the work RADDAM RAS aka. MC WEBBER: Singer, DJ, Producer, Beat maker and Founder of the rap crew Section 6. Raddam Ras is well known in China under the name of MC Webber for his career as a rapper and for making conscious music, starting with the group Yin’Tsang. He released a solo album in 2011, which was a nationwide blast. EWO FLINT: Event Promoter, Graphic Designer and Music Producer. Ewo Flint made his first steps as an event promoter with Event Animals in Beijing China, setting up some big shows and parties; but also as UBC’s band manager establishing reggae music in the middle kingdom. And myself GENERAL HUGE: Singer, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Engineer and Lyricist. We are working with a lot of different artists, putting up Music Videos, Albums and Eps all year long in China and worldwide. For this video, we came with the concept of trying some very different feeling that we usually get in reggae music. Something darker, and deeper in terms of direction of the video. It all came thanks to a very talented movie director called Marcelange Michaud.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in this industry for about 15 years now, and our first goal is really to expand reggae music and consciousness in China Mainland through music. Building a platform between China and the rest of the world. Our main goal is to make people understand how important respect and unity could be. We are growing big in China, but worldwide we are not really well known yet.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I would say that my everyday life inspires me. Random encounters, very interesting debates, love as well, humanity, mostly, and even the aim to give a better life to my families and my entourage.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I would say that nowadays the secret for a hit song is social medias, nowadays coverage is very important. You could be the most talented musician but nothing will come up if you don’t try social media.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I would like to say a big thanks to all the fans out there, for listening and for pushing me to move forward and keep on doing what I’m doing. And I wish only the best to all of them.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

My advice would be “patience”, things will come, someday you will want to give up, but don’t. Hard work and patience will pay.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have given more than 300 concerts in the last 6 years, I played  and worked with a lot of big and small artists such as Anthony B, Heavy HK, Tippa Irie, Lutan Fyah, Ras Demo, U-Brown, Perfect Giddimani, Chuck Fendah, Naptali, Aima Moses, Congo Natty, Long Shen Dao, Jiang Liang Sound, ChaCha, Far East Lion, Big Red, Don Camilo, Taiwan MC and many more. I played for the UN as well and in many festivals in China, I’ve been on tour twice, and I’m going on tour again this week. I also had the pleasure to play in Africa. This album is my 5th, because I also released 2 albums with my previous band UBC. My ex colleague KLS Miguel is also doing very well on his side, playing as an actor in movies and releasing solo albums as well.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I want to big up World A Reggae, Reggaeville, The Groove Thief, China Radio International, La Grosse Radio and many others.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I have my own studio, which allows me to compose, write and record almost everyday when I’m not on tour. I mix,produce or record around two songs a week.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Five names that’s not easy because there are a lot of artists I admire. But I would say Perfect Giddimani, because I had the pleasure to work with him and he has his own personal universe that I really love. Anthony B as well because he is one of the most amazing artists I have the chance to work with. I’d say Sizzla Kalonji, Agent Sasco and Chronixx. But 5 is really too short !

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I collaborated with a lot of artists, such as Anthony B, Perfect Giddimani, 2 amazing rappers, one from New York and the other one from UK, Jackson Turner and Apex Zero, that I really think they are worth to check out and Jado and ChaCha as well, they are one of the first Chinese artists to really do amazing reggae. If I had the chance, I’d love to work with Fantan Mojah, Turbulence, Busta Ryhmes and Kabaka Pyramid if I could.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Our official website is:  www.dbbrosrecords.com .

My personal facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/hugo.poncet.50

and my instagram is @general_huge.

Also my soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/hugo-poncet

And my youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgQtJmqRuyU

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

You can find my albums everywhere, here is itunes :

https://itunes.apple.com/album/thats-my-name/1300471227?app=itunes&ign-itsct=1300471227-1300471227&ign-itscg=0176&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

And here is spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/61DERunZ2nVr3ZnwiZsyu6

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was my wedding. And my saddest day was probably when I got shot.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would probably share it.


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