SOJA: From a bandís perspective, All Goodís badass because they really know how to treat the artists. All the bands have a really good time. Then you get up on stage, and you can tell the audience knows youíre having a good time, so they have a good time. Itís a smart setup.
Yeah, the shows donít overlap.
Yeah, itís great. You can see every single band on the bill. Youíre sitting there watching the main stage, you turn 45 degrees to the right, and thereís a side stage with music hitting you instantly. Yeah, itís badass. Good for them. Itís the only festival in the world we stay the whole weekend for. I think a lot of bands do.
Fear Nuttiní is on the bill. Superjam ruckus?
[Laughs] Normally, if our band and their band are at the same place, one band will run up on stage with the other. It just seems to always happen. You never know, but itís happened a hundred times before, so Ö
Everyone always uses ďconscienceĒ reggae when they describe SOJA. Whatís conscientious about it?
I never put a period on my lyrics. I always try to leave it with a dot, dot, dot. Different things are for different people. I think thatís why Bob Marley was so popular. He never told people what to do. Instead of telling people itís about red, gold and green, the Lion of Judah, smoking weed and going to heaven; I try to be the opposite of that. Whether I believe that or not is relatively unimportant compared to who I might be able to reach through music. After the dot dot dot is what I believe, but Iím not putting it in there. Thinking objectively is only something truly intelligent people do, and thatís who Iíd like to reachóand that only happens with open-ended conversations.
Born in Babylon is releasing over the summer.
Yeah, I think there are a lot of things special about it. My biggest theme of the album is that you can be born in Babylon, be yourself, be effective in the fight of good over evil, and not be a weaker version of you by smoking weed all day. You can just be you. Itís simply for those born in Babylon.
So, when it comes down to it, is it really ďall good?Ē
Things are all good in the sense that itís always been all good. Thereís never been a perfect world. Itís all good because itís how the world is. When I was a kid, I knew what was right and wrong, but as I get older, itís tougher and tougher to know where the lines are drawn. It gets tougher to put these things into songs because my own mind doesnít know what to think anymore. Is the world okay? Is it all good? I think the worldís all good, but division scares me. Racism scares me, class scares me, poverty scares me, and Iím sitting here with gas in the van, food in my stomach and a joint in my hand. Iím all good, but is the world? Sometimes I donít know.