Name: Freddy ‘Madball’ Cricien
What is your job? Musician/Promoter/Manager/Renaissance man
What social causes are most important to you?
Many at the moment, health care and education being at the top of the list.
What charities do you support – and how?
Built on Respect, our friend heidiminx who’s been involved with one of my companies, Black N Blue Productions for almost 6 years started it to support Tibetan refugees. Also, a charity I started for my young friends in Brazil. The Arpoador Children’s Fund. I support them in any way I can, when I can. Using “entertainment” as my main tool, of course – percentages of proceeds from previous Madball albums have gone to Arpoador Children’s Fund and percentages of Black N Blue’s DVDs have gone to Built on Respect.
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I have a passion for both. But, there is a personal tie with Aproador- I met those kids and witnessed their suffering. Yet, they were so happy. If only they knew, it can be so much better! Maybe some of us can show them that — some day?
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Yes, get involved or else… Haha!
How would you define social responsibility?
It starts at home first. Properly Raising/educating children is probably the most important social responsibility.
What projects are you working on now?
On November 4th, my first solo album is dropping. Tracks feature Rancid, Slaine, Jaysaun, and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heros, amongst others. I’m putting it out myself through Familia Entertainment..
Catholic Guilt is the title and it is a significant part of the themes of the songs. I grew up being a not so great example for Christians. But then again, who is – right?
There’s a lot of hypocrisy with organized religion in general. In this record, I question a lot of things about it, I question its very existence, faith, etc. I question my place in all of it as well. The other part is that constant struggle within me/people, between good and bad, heaven and hell. A lot of the songs show different sides of me, through real experiences… good ones and bad ones.