: Leon Mobley
Percussionist on the
album "Fight for your mind" (1995). He has left during five
years the Innocent criminals (between 1996 and 2001). It is David
Leach who has replaced him during this time. You can find more informations
about Leon on his website : http://www.leonmobley.com
Below you can find the
interview of Leon conducted, the october 21st 2003 at Lille by Gavin
Conaty (http://www.benharper.net) for the official site :
Q: How long has this
tour been up to this point?
A: 3 weeks.
Q: What are some highlights so far on this run?
A: Last night. The energy from the audience Lille. And when the stage
was rumbling in Belgium. Also, the way the band is playing.
Q: What's it like playing arena sized venues compared to clubs?
What do you like to play more?
A: Arenas. Clubs are small and infant, which makes me more nervous.
The more people there, the easier it is to get loose.
Q: Can you comment on how the crowds have been for you?
A: The diversity has been amazing.
Q: How so?
A: The age. From ten to the elderly. You see families, husbands, mothers,
fathers and three kids - in the front!
Q: Is the crowd more culturally diverse?
A: Yes. There's a wider cultural cross section as well.
Q: Is there anything architecturally that stands out?
A: There's a wonderful square in Belgium that architecturally is so
stunning...The Grand Market Square.
Q: What song has been getting the best response?
A: I can't say because it's just been "on". Being in Belgium
was such a strong show for us.
Q: Do you think djembe is responded to more in Europe because it's
closer to Africa?
A: There are a lot Africans in Europe. And the rhythm is definitely
a part of world culture. But the enthusiasm is the same.
Q: What shows are you looking forward to playing?
A: Bercy, of course. Amsterdam was great too. Brixton in London too.
I want to hit England hard.
Q: What's getting good food like in Europe?
A: With the catering we have now, it's flawless, because we're out
with some of the best caterers in Europe.
Q: Is it as good as a home cooked meal?
A: The next best thing. I saw an American fast food sign and didn't
even go in.
Q: Are there any songs you want to play in this tour that haven't
A: Please Me Like You Want To. We sound checked it today and it sounded
Q: Do you feel there is racism in Europe?
A: I feel less racial tension in Europe than in America. There's also
an American barrier, as much as a cultural barrier.
Q: Do you think that's due to war time?
A: I've felt it more than ever before.
Q: Do you feel safer or no safer at all?
A: I feel protected by Jah.
Q: Of all the BHIC tours you've ever been on, is this your favorite
A: I can't say yes, 'cause the early days were fun too.
Q: Does this feel like IC tours of old, as far as camaraderie?
A: The four of us have always had it, but the camaraderie has expanded
to a larger family, and it's growing by the day.
Q: Is this the best band you've ever played in?
A: I'm having the most fun. I can't wait for the music to start.
Q: Are you getting a chance to write?
A: Yes, there's a keyboard in the front of the bus where everybody
is always taking turns playing and writing.
Q: Do you think marijuana smoking is more or less accepted in parts
Europe, or the same?
A: More accepted. And parts it's exactly the same.
Q: Is there a difference playing a show without an opening band?
A: If it's not the right opening group, it's the not the right thing.
But at the moment I'm having fun without one.
Q: How long do spend on your computer per week?
A: I was online 6 hours last night! 30-40 hours a week.
Q: What are your favorite sneakers?
A: I'm an Adidas fan.
Q: Do you have a favorite article of clothing?
A: My new tour jacket that I wear everyday.
Q: What are you doing in your off-time?
A: Smoke, go online, and walk the streets with my video camera.
Q: Is there anything in closing you'd like to say to the fans?
A: Thank you for your continued support, and we'll continue to work
hard out here bringing the music to life.