Name: Gee Money
Date of Birth: Sept. 25 2007 (Not yet born, still a work in progress)
Place of birth: Staten Island (Shaolin) N.Y.C.
Current location: St. Maarten N.A. (We’ll have to see about the N.A.)
Current Occupation: Radio Host for St. Maarten’s #1 Radio station Laser 101 FM and the St. Maarten correspondent for KikoTaKiko TV.
What is your connection with St.Maarten? My mother is from the French side of the island; so most of my mother’s side of the family lives here in St. Maarten including my grandmother who just passed away this past November (Miss ya Nana!). My father is from Aruba but was born in Curacao; most of his family is in Aruba.
So who would you say is Gee Money? I’m a very down to earth person once you get to know me. Most people who don’t know me would say that I’m very stuck up or I act like my sh*t don’t stink, but that’s because they never met me or never had a good chat with me. My zodiac sign is Libra and everyone loves a Libra! (That’s what they say.)
After many years you have decided to stay and live in St.Maarten, why? Where else in the world can you have the best of both worlds? A French side and a Dutch side, the only island in the Caribbean that has two carnivals every year, 36 beaches, every night a different club is jumping, nice cool weather all year round, some of the best concerts in the Caribbean and over 100 different nationalities living on 37 square miles. You can’t beat that with a baseball bat!
You do have a few music collabos out. Who were they with? Where can we find them? I have done a few unofficial remixes with some of the hottest songs and artist such as: Akon “Ghetto”, Chris Brown “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”, Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”, Slum Village “Selfish”, B2K “Girlfriend”, The Game “One Blood” and Ne-Yo “When You’re Mad”. The Ne-Yo remix I got to perform with Ne-Yo for Summerfest here in St. Maarten. I heard the Slum Village remix of “Selfish” I did was a big hit on radio down in Curacao, thanks to all the radio stations and DJ’s for playing it. I have done a couple of intros also for DJ Spinderella’s (Salt & Pepa fame) syndicated radio show called “The Back Spin”. You can check out some of my remixes on myspace (http://www.myspace.com/wwwlaser101fm).
So what’s an average day like as a DJ at laser 101 St.Maarten? First of all I don’t consider myself a DJ cause I don’t play in clubs but I can rock the mic with a DJ spinning in the club. Now back to the question, I have it really good here working for Laser 101. I have to be at work for 10am so my ass don’t get out of bed till 9am cause I live pretty close to the station. Every weekday I have my show from 10am to 2pm called “The Workload Show” where I do horoscopes, celebrity news called the 411, sports, weather, giveaways and the hottest tunes on radio. On Saturdays I also have a mix show from 8pm to 12 midnight with DJ Nonstop (DMX’s DJ) and DJ John J (Canada).
What keeps you loving what you do everyday? I love music and entertaining people. I tell people I have the greatest job in the world!
What are the top 5 songs on your top ten lists right now? I’ll give you 6 because I have to be different, so these are my top 6 songs, not Laser’s so don’t get it twisted!
Nas Feat. Jay Z “Black Republicans”
Buju Banton “Driver”
Robin Thicke “Lost Without U”
Snoop Dogg Feat. R. Kelly “That’s That Sh*t”
Monica “A Dozen Roses”
Collie Buddz Feat. Busta Rhymes “Come Around (Remix)”
What events are you looking forward to this year? This year again I’m hosting the 27th Heineken Regatta (March 1st-4th) here in St. Maarten and they have Ziggi, Orange Groove, Shurwayne Winchester and Stephen & Damian Marley all performing. It should be off the hook this year! I’m also looking forward to SoulBeach this year cause it will be in St.Maarten this May, where it all began! (I just gave yall some exclusive info.)
What events/cafe’ etc. would you recommend people to come to if they were to visit St.Maarten? You have to come and see our carnival (Dutch side), one of the best in the Caribbean! You have to come and experience our village, which is open 24 hours a day. It’s where you can get all types of food, see some great concerts and shows and meet just about every and anybody there. This year they are making the village a permanent structure so in the future it will hold other events throughout the year.
What would you do on an average nothing to do no responsibilities, lean back type of day in St.Maarten? I’m a big sports fan, so I might just sit home and watch a game. If there is no game on TV I will watch a DVD (Dave Chappelle show seasons 1, 2 or 3) or surf the Internet. I love to stay home and just chill.
You are also somehow linked to MTV Tempo events. Could you tell us little more about that? You were also the host for the Heineken DJ competition last year am I right? When it comes to Tempo I just happen to host some events that they were filming at and they used me, but they did ask me to host there opening party here in St. Maarten. I went to NYC to audition for Tempo back in 2005 so all the staff; hosts and the CEO know me very well and like when I host an event for them.
I have hosted the Heineken Green Synergy DJ Competition since its inception back in 2004 when it was in Antigua. In 2005 it was in St. Lucia and last year it was in the Bahamas (Bananas!). This year it will be in Jamaica (some more exclusive info!) and I’m very excited cause I never been there before, so I hope Heineken uses me again to host!
What would you like to achieve in your career over the next couple of years? I’ve done so much in my career from TV commercials, hosting concerts and pageants, acting in plays, that if it was all to end today I would be satisfied, but what I really want to do is act in a major motion picture (next to Halle Berry of course). I’ve acted in an independent picture called “The Panman” which comes out this year.
What do you feel about the state of popular music in general? I’m a big Rap fan and I’m not feeling it at all! Today’s Rap is so garbage that I really don’t listen to it much unless I’m playing it on the radio. All these new rappers are just talking about their white tees, jewelry, cars, sneakers or a new dance step. It’s the same thing over and over again and the videos are also the same. Right now I’m listening to a lot of old school Rap and R&B. I like to listen to other types of music like Soca, Reggaeton and R&B. See music is like fashion and it comes in cycles, I can’t wait for this cycles to be over!
What do you feel about the evolution of local/Antillean music production in the upcoming years? I feel our music has come a long way and still could go much further. The production has really improved and I would love to see Antillean music become global like salsa and merengue or even to the point where Reggaeton is right now. But that might be wishful thinking on my part, because today’s youth is much more interested in Rap and Dancehall music. So I hope Antillean music doesn’t die a slow death.
Message to the global community:
Always remember to be yourself or you might just find yourself by yourself, so don’t player hate just congratulate and always put GOD first in everything you do!
Big up’s to Carib-Flava for showing me some love and representing the Carib people all over the world. I hope to get back down to Curacao to see all those beautiful and sexy women.