For over twenty years, Michael McCutcheon a.k.a. RAS AMERLOCK has been refining his chosen profession of music. Whether performing with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a classical solo violinist, or a Roots Reggae Dub Entertainer, opening for acts such as Burning Spear; Ras lives to perform and give JAH the glory for all that is, in this life. Ras Amerlock's Music is a reflection in sound of the Rastafarian way of life he as a Rasta in America embraces. His current releases are heavy "old school" style dubs aiming to reflect a variety of techniques within the realm of Dubstyle sound. Ras has performed throughout the United states, North America, Russia and Europe by the grace of JAH.
Where does the name Ras Amerlock come from?
Greetings one and all, Jah Jah love to the reader and the listener. I give thanks for the oportunity to reason. This is the first time that I have thourally explained the origin of my name in print; so I hope that I digress nor tarry not. Some time ago whilest travelling through so many cities and towns, throughout America, French, Canada, Europe, the then Soviet Union and primarily France, i was a bit seasoned in languages and after sometime French became a sencond language for me. Having spent some time listening to the people and feeling the "flow of the river", one could say i had become quite the francophile and as well as a Franco-American. After sometime living in France, i was frequently taken for a citizen or perhaps an immigrant from the francophonic global community. This was in 1991; a highly political time with the First Gulf War having just taken place. I found myself amidst many conversations where people were pondering what the American mindset was. I remember a specific conversation at a market in Paris where a highly opinionated French man said a litany of anti American rhetoric which was his right but I asked him if he had ever been to the United States or how many Americans did he know to group 300 plus million people together. He said," Why do you care, 'nous sommes tous Francaises ici.'" (we are all French here) Mind you it was very kind of him to say we are all French as he was infering that he saw all people in France as one people, which was and is a strong belief and an act of kindness when things are so frequently polarised into xenophobia and other forms of anti foreign populist themes. So he meant me no disrespect but... I couldn't bear to forsake the good, the hopefull and the kindness that also exists in The United States; a work in progress. Right about that time in my life, through my readings and here and there I heard an archaic word "Amerloque. "I believe I was called it a few times as well. It roughly translates to "Yank" or "Yankee". Some might find that derogatory but coming from New York City, I was not ashamed to take up what whould become my mantle more so honored. It was written in Revelation 2:17 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." Ras Amerlock is my new name. I embrace the great experiment, the work in progress that is the United states of America. Decending from that being one of those who came to start a new beginning, fleeing from the past and seeking good. I also recognize and stand up for the Native of the land, who was here prior to colonization. I feel and see the time of bondage and the rebirth of Africans taken from their lands and becoming a part of the countries very essence after years of trials and tribulations. I ackowledge those that opposed slavery and tyrany, as well as those who fought for their homes and way of life, though I could never stand up for those who seek to keep others down. I embrace the developement of human kind that guides us away from the errors of the past and into the salvation of the greater understanding of the human race. I hold the truth self evident that out of many we are one; and that no part is greater than the whole. To the east, west, north and south, all the Jah people knowingly or unknowingly who aid and abbed the works of Jah: thats the foundation I stand upon. I acknowledge the faults of the past and present and seek to better I-self as well as my brothers and sisters worldwide, and interstellar. "Ras" the guidence of JAH and Amerlock the rastification on american with the consecration of the "Lock" of the natty crown of dreadlocks. Ras Amerlock I am; By way of Thee "I am that I am". A natty dreadlocks who puts Jah Rastafari first. As Haile Selassie said, "Unite where you are first then forward to Ethiopia Ras Amerlock is clear in regards to who I am, where I come from and where I mon strive to go.