Please explain what just happened.

Mighty Mystic just stepped on stage and the crowd erupted like a volcano.


What is your earliest memory?

Running from my mom who had the belt trying to whoop my a**.


If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?

Construction — particularly home building. That’s always been great passion of mine.


Describe a typical work day.

Wake up, get the kids ready for school and send them off.  Then I immediately get to the computer and start working on emails and banging out all the social site stuff I can do. If I have a show that day, then its off to the rehearsal spot where the entire crew meets to load up and hit the road.  Later that night it’s show time. However if I don’t have a show that day then more than likely I’m in the studio for several hours. There are lots of small things in between but for the most part that’s pretty much it.


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

I am sure there is, but cant remember any worth saying.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Honestly, I would say to focus more on school. That might sound corny but it’s so true.


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?



From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

For me, musically, my greatest inspiration comes from everyday life… I’ve always been a guy that was kinda in tune to what’s going on around me so that fact greatly inspires my music.


Name three books that have impacted your life.

I can give you one. THE BIBLE… I’m more of a History & Discovery Channel type person over books.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

1988 — Hurricane Gilbert in Jamaica. That moment was so breathtaking, so awe inspiring, that it left a imprint on my brain and so many years later I still dream of it. Actually the “Don’t Worry Be Happy” song was the song that was playing on the radio 24/7 during the hurricane.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I’m from Boston, so I know several peeps who are very close with Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, so I’m sure those guys know Bacon.


What makes you feel most guilty?

I’ve got a few. But here’s one. I missed my older brother’s wedding, and I still haven’t been able to forgive myself.


How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

Okay, for example, I admire the simplicity and intricacies of Bob Marley’s music, if you know what I mean, so I tend to make my music more on the chill side and not too over the top, but just enough to get people excited while listening to a positive message.


Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your music video “Original Love”:

I wanted to do something other than the norm. I felt that music videos for the most part were lacking visual substance so with this project, I wanted the audience to get a chance to be stimulated in a positive and lighter way. If you get a chance to watch my latest video called “Original Love” I think you might see what I’m saying.



What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

I don’t remember exactly who told me this but it has always stuck with me… it’s simple. “Just be you.” That frigging quote has done so much for me you wouldn’t believe it.


 List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Actor, Musician, Comedian, Author.


If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

A “We Are The World” type song that has a huge movie surrounding it and a tour going to all major cities worldwide. That pretty much sums it up.



What do you want to know?

Are there aliens?


What would you like your last words to be?

Forgive any sins that I haven’t already ask to be forgiven. For real no B.S!!


Please explain what will happen.

My hard work will one day pay off and I will make my mother proud.

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Considered one of the leaders in the East Coast Reggae Movement, reggae artist MIGHTY MYSTIC’s fresh sound and musical diversity has proved to be a magnet for music lovers.

Born Kevin Mark Holness in the bucolic countryside of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Mystic showed an early interest in his native islandʼs music. It was common to hear him singing songs like “Buffalo Soldier,” “What the Hell the Police Can Do,” or hymns sung in Sunday morning church. In 1989, Holness relocated to Boston, as his family was in search of a new life. It was then that the sounds of Mighty Mystic were born, as he began to wet his feet in the local music scene. His stage name, “Mystic,” was the childhood nickname of his father, and coincidentally the name of the area where Holness and his family relocated to in Boston. “When I moved to the States," he said, "I realized the northeast region was very influenced by the hip hop scene of the early 90ʼs, and it also had a bubbling reggae market. I wanted to hold on tight to my Jamaican reggae influences, even while living abroad. A huge part of my inspiration is directly linked to the teachings that my family instilled in me. They were beloved in our Jamaican community, for all their hard work, devotion and the help they provided to others. And this is something that truly inspired me to do the type of music I do.”

After releasing singles for nearly four years, Mighty Mystic released his debut, full length album, Wake up the World, which hit the music world by storm. The album peaked at #4 on iTunes Reggae Charts, and unleashed 17 brand new original tracks, mixed with fan favorites.

Mighty Mystic has performed in front of thousands of people and has shared the stage with some of the top artists in his genre, including Toots & The Maytals, SOJA, Steel Pulse, Damien Marley, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton, Shaggy, Collie Buddz, Sean Paul, Dirty Heads, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brownʼs Body, among others.

He is currently touring nationwide, and is recording his second, full-length album, with an anticipated release date of late 2012.

One response to “21 Questions with Mighty Mystic”

  1. Bwalya says:

    Kevin and I met you in the South Bend. Short hair girl sitting by the stage. Call me 269-861-9508

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