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Another week, another Famous user profile.
This week, we get down with artist/musician Daddy Spleece.
Real name/age/occupation/location/how long have you been in Fresno?
My name is Richard Moore. A more common name I'm know by around town, on radio, and in the reggae community is "Spleece." I'll tell you the origin of the name if you ask me personally. About a year ago I started using the name "Daddy Spleece," which rolls better, and is more accurate and appropriate to who I really am at this point of my life. I just turned 33. Fresno is my home, though I moved into a house on the edge of Clovis one year ago. Kihei, Maui (sunny South shore No Ka Oi!) I still consider my second home, where I was raised during summers throughout my youthful years. My degree (from Fresno State) is in Art with a ceramics focus. For many years I made it without a day job, focusing solely on reggae music promotions, graphic design, MS Access/ASP scripted Web sites, and art. Now with a family, my day job title is Public Relations Director for a really cool local non-profit that provides services to families. My nights and weekends are filled with reggae business. In fact, every free breathing moment of my life (that I'm not at work or with family) you can usually catch me on the phone with crew in Jamaica, Bermuda, or Toronto, planning the next moves as an international reggae sound system, or at home remixing/re-mastering music. I ran a dubplate service out of Jamaica for several years, but have stopped the service to others recently to just focus on cutting my own dubplates (a dubplate is an exclusive version of a piece of music, usually re-recorded by a reggae or dancehall artist for a reggae sound system, usually mentioning the names of that sound system and selectors in the tune). You can hear my (co-owned) sound system (Reality Sound International) play out authentic Jamaican reggae every Tuesday night at Dirty Olive and every Thursday night at Veni Vidi Vici in the Tower District. Reggae music literally keeps me alive, and when Papa Roots, DJ Chalice, and I started Reality Sound ten years ago, the original mission was to reach at least one person a night with the positive message in the music. I still do pottery whenever I can in my home studio, but it's usually reserved for cooler months of the year. You may check out my ceramic work right now in Fresno at Olsen Gallery (Potter's Studio on R Street), in Coarsegold at Inanna's Gift, or in Oakhurst at Williams Gallery West
How long have you been a FF user?
I'm not really sure, but I do remember the old "Belmont" slogan. I think it changed shortly after I started lurking…
If FF was McDonalds, would you say you are a "heavy user?"
What a very strangely worded question. I have been vegetarian shortly after returning from China in 1992, and would never eat at/support a McDonalds (I wouldn't even go in to pee!). However, I do check Fresno Famous daily to stay connected to things going on in my community, and to post Fresno's reggae events, ceramic/art news, etc., or to just complain about stuff that's bothering me in my town!
It's down time in Fresno. Where you at?
I'd be at home with my Empress and five year old daughter Trinity, or I'm out walking the streets of Fresno promoting reggae music via hand billing. I don't sleep much…
Trivia? Personal or otherwise.
I started broadcasting reggae on the radio in late 1996 on Fresno's college station, KFSR. Now primarily a club selector I host a radio show once a month (fourth Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight) on Satellite Radio Bilingue (International and Web satellite simulcast: Listen on-line at www.RadioBilingue.org). I am the webmaster for www.FresnoReggae.com, as well as www.realitysounds.com, www.JahWorks.org,myspace.com/realitysoundinternational, and www.RichardMooreCeramics.com
Well, thanks first and foremost for this opportunity for me to babble on and on about myself: I'm honored. Please support creative people: They usually work much harder than most others for much less financial rewards. Look towards the teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and all truth shall be revealed unto you.