Interview- Jhaytea

Our latest inteview comes with Jhaytea, a dancehall artist that grew up in Roatan Island, now residing in New York, who has his eyes set on success in Jamaica. Coming of a big collaboration with Vershon and Jovi Di Pree, Jhaytea is looking to continue to grow his name in the home of dancehall.

Check out what he had to say about his background, his aspirations and Roatan Island in our latest interview below.

How did growing up on Roatan Island effect your upbringing and early life as an artist?

Jhaytea: “Roatan Island is ex-British and governed by the Honduras. It is a former UK territory. Our culture and language is much like a lot of the Caribbean”

What is the Reggae and Dancehall scene like on Roatan Island?

Jhaytea: “They go hard for Caribbean music. Soca, Dancehall and Reggae are very big”

Is there an established scene of artists on Roatan Island?

Jhaytea: “I would say I am the biggest artist. I have toured with Shaggy and Mavado. Produced for Gyptian, so I would say my music has reached the farthest. I have done sold out shows in America”

What impact does being from Roatan Island have on an emerging artist?

Jhaytea: “It makes it much harder. Roatan Island is barely known to the world, but we are just getting out there with dancehall and soca. We are cut from the same cloth as much of the rest of the Caribbean. But the world does not know Roatan and they definitely do not expect music coming out of here”

How has your music been received away from Roatan?

Jhaytea: “Right now I’m getting very good recognition. Interviews on radio and TV; and I have a few more places that are expecting me”

When did you really first start to get into music and produce your own music?

Jhaytea: “I first produced my own track on cassette in 1997. I always produced and wrote my own songs”

Have you made sure to keep connected to Jamaica?

Jhaytea: “In 2009 I first went to Jamaica to perform and link with producers, that is when I first made the link with Gyptian”

What are some of the techniques that you had to use to promote your music coming out of a small island like Roatan?

Jhaytea: “I tried to keep my name relevant on the streets. The streets buss me first through my mixtapes. I want to use the same strategy in Jamaica. But to push a song to the correct level you need a budget. I know the importance of building a mixtape, printing the CDs and distributing them to the taxism, the bus drivers.

The streets govern dancehall, so I make sure I stay relevant on the streets of Jamaica. I go back every couple of months to do my ground work”

Earlier you spoke about the need to produce and write your own songs, what other effects does coming from Roatan Island have on an emerging artist?

Jhaytea: “I had to force myself to learn with producing, composing, DJing my own music. Roatan Island does not have some of the facilities that Jamaica does. There isn’t the investment in video equipment, studio equipment. I want to show the kids how to do it”

Where are some of the places that you have seen your music reach that you would have never expected it to reach?

Jhaytea: “I have seen my music grow from Roatan to Jamaica to Japan to Africa. The internet has helped to push my music out across the world”

What is your main focus for the rest of 2019?

Jhaytea: “My main focus is Jamaica, before this year is over I want to be known in Jamaica. I want to buss in Jamacia. I want to reach that next level.

I have learnt to do things differently. I have added management, instead of me being my own manager. I have added to support to take care of the business. It helps with the professionalism and adding their experience to my team.

Medician- Interivew

Our latest interview is with upcoming talent Medician. Medician has scored some underground hits with tracks like ‘Pretty Neck’, ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Fake Friend’ and looks set to continue to grow in his name in the dancehall scene in 2019. We talked to Medician about his aims, his influences and his background in our latest exclusive interview.

What were your first experiences of recording music?

Medician: “When I was growing up my dad and bigger brother used to listen to a lot of music and had a lot of records. You used to have the single version and the B Side, which had an instrumental on it. I used to practice rapping over the instrumental.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations when you started your career?

Medician: “Cutty Ranks, Buju Banton, were my favourites, I used to sing over their songs to practice performing”

When did you first get into a professional recording studio and actually experience recording music?

Medician: “I used to have a school mate who played a soundsystem, that soundsystem eventually turned into a studio, I got used to performing, performing at his soundsystem.

My first experience of recording was on cassettes, which I would bring into school. One day I saw auditions at King Jammy’s, I had to ask my teacher for permission, I was the one to succeed and that was my first experience of being around a big studio”

What are some of your big current singles?

Medician: “‘Tax Driver’ is the track that is bringing me to the forefront, it’s a tune for the taxi and bus drivers. It has helped to push my ‘One And Move’ slang and establish Medician as the ‘One And Move Boss’

How would you explain your creative process?

Medician: “Take ‘Taxi Driver” as an artist I do songs from experience, I always admired their jobs and I tried to put myself in their position and try to judge what their experience would be”

Where are some unexpected places that you have seen your music reach?

Medician: “I have done a lot of dubplates for people around the world. I have done dubplates for sound systems in Italy. I keep trying to put music out and connect with the most people”

What are some of your aims in your career?

Medician: “I’m trying to do music that will influence people in a positive way, make music of love and hold vibes.

I try to be influenced by any artiste, I look at their work and promotional skills, but also look at the quality music they produced and the teams they have around them”

What are your main aims for the rest of 2019?

Medician: “Grow more in the music, stay focused, building my brand, I want more subscribers and more followers. I aim to do a lot more singles and tracks”

Is there anything that you would want readers to know about you?

Medician: “I want everyone to know that I am bringing bare vibes and bare love. Follow me on social media, subscribe to my YouTube and Vevo and like my Facebook Page”

Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’- Interview

Our latest interview comes from one of the most recognisable personalities in dancehall, Yanique Curvy Diva. Join us as we discuss Yanique’s entire career from her beginnings hosting the Magnum King’s and Queen’s talent show to her smash hit debut single ‘Lifestyle’ and everything in between. Find out what part of her repertoire she sees as most underrated to where exactly her famous nickname comes from.

When did you first start recording music?

Yanique: “I started officially recording music less than 2 years ago. ‘Lifestyle’ was my first commercially released single”

During the beginning of your career as an event host, did you ever see yourself making the transition to becoming an artiste?

Yanique: “I wanted to be an artiste for years but honestly hesitated because the business can be so hard. I would still live vicariously though the contestants on the Magnum King’s and Queen’s TV Talent Show I hosted. So I definitely saw myself as an artiste”

Did the transition between hosting and recording music happen quite naturally, was it an easy transition to make as you were already used to performing for people?

Yanique: “When I was only hosting I would joke all the time and say that I’m an artiste without a song. I was so comfortable on stage and had so much fun entertaining the audience. The transition was very easy”

Who are some of the artistes both internationally and locally that you look up to and are inspired by?

Yanique: ” Lady Saw hands down was always an inspiration. She set the trend for so many female Dancehall artistes. From lyrics, confidence to strength as a strong black woman in a male dominated industry. Mumma Saw was that force and that’s what I want to be”

Who first gave you the name ‘Curvy Diva’?

Yanique: “One of the producers from the Magnum King’s and Queen’s TV Show coined the name ‘Curvaceous Diva’ back when I just started hosting the talent show over 8 years ago. Over time Curvaceous morphed into Curvy and the name stuck”

What would you say is one aspect of your career that is often overlooked?

Yanique: “I actually am a very good singer even from Church choir days. Some of my songs showcase that singer side as well but the singjay/deejay aspect gets more of the highlight”

What is the most important lesson that you’ve learnt in your career?

Yanique: “To stay humble and be patient. Everything has it’s time and it’s season and rushing things may not work out in your favour”

Looking forward to the rest of 2019 what are your main aims for this year?

Yanique: “Well my EP ‘Underestimated’ drops this summer with hot singles and collabs with Gage, Kranium and Demarco. I’m looking at a Fall European tour as well so that is exciting. Just a lot more material and video from me for the remainder of the year”

Interview- Avaran

Bahamian Reggae artist Avaran has had a varied career performing alongside the likes of Mykal Rose, collaborating with Luciano, Frankie Paul, John Holt and even providing backing vocals for the Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown. With the release of his latest single Avaran looks to cement his own position in the industry, reintroducing himself to those familiar with his previous work and introducing himself to a whole new generation of Reggae fans that aren’t familiar with his music.

As Avaran sets out on this journey with his latest single ‘Wake Up’ we thought it was only right to have a discussion with him, to look back on his career so far and look forward to everything he has planned in 2019.

Coming from the Bahamas, what is the influence of Reggae on the island and how did it impact you when you were growing up?

Avaran: “The whole country is interested in Reggae. Bob Marley used to live in Nassau. So it’s always had a big following in the Bahamas”.

Was it difficult when you first started your career as an artist from the Bahamas was it difficult to access the traditional reggae fans?

Avaran: “I think doing Reggae music, you have to have some base in Jamaica, either by going to Jamaica or keeping a connection to Jamaica”

Who were some of your big influences when you began your career?

Avaran: “Garnett Silk, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Mykal Rose. A few of which I have actually gone on to work with”

What insight into these artists did you get after you worked alongside them?

Avaran: “They worked so hard to establish what they had and they kept working to put out more good music”

Looking back on your career what have been some of the biggest changes that you’ve seen in the music industry?

Avaran: “The recording equipment, how music came out, from cassette tapes to CDs to streaming. Reggae has evolved and become better in a sense. You can get your music out to different places and know where your music is reaching”

Where are some of the places that you are surprised that your music has reached?

Avaran: “I have performed at shows across the world, some big shows in Europe. France has always treated me well, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, a lot of places across Europe”

Which songs have had the biggest impact on your career?

Avaran: “My biggest song came back in the early 1990s called ‘Church And State”. More recently with France based Ziongate Music with ‘Let Jah Be Praised”

How do you begin your creative process when you are recording a track?

Avaran: “When I was younger I would write a song straight after I’d get a riddim. Now I have to see if a riddim speaks to me, I’m very picky with the riddims that I will record on”.

So 2019 is so what a comeback year for Avaran, what have you been doing over the last couple of years?

Avaran: “I’ve been in Jamaica a lot, creating music. I’ve had quite a long hiatus and I’m starting to put my foot back in the industry”

Tell us a little bit about your most recent single ‘Wake Up’?

Avaran: “My new single ‘Wake Up’ is my reintroduction to a whole new generation. I am aiming to put out good music and reintroduce myself to my fans and introduce myself to the new generation of Reggae fans”

Interview- Jae Prynse

One of the first words that comes to mind when you think of Jae Prynse should definitely be inspirational, whether that’s his music or his journey. This interview shows exactly why, as Jae Prynse breaks down his path from Spanglers to being one of the most recognisable names in dancehall.

Jae Prynse has definitely learnt a lot on this journey and he shares a bit of that knowledge here at Destination Reggae n Dancehall.

Where do you originate from in Jamaica?

Jae Prynse: “Spanglers, Downtown Kingston”

How did growing up in Spanglers effect your music, has music always been a big part of your life?

Jae Prynse: “I started out in music at the very tender age of 12, my brother passed away at a young age that really motivated me. I began writing lyrics and decided to take up the banner and pursue music. It has been a rough and rocky road since but I’m glad that I kept pushing through”

After you decided to pursue music when did you first decide to record professionally?

Jae Prynse: “2013, I recorded my first single at HDX Studios and released my first single ‘Concrete Jungle” that did it’s thing on radio and TV in Jamaica”

When you first began recording who were some of the artists that really inspired you?

Jae Prynse: “I was always focused on prolific writers like JR Gong, Eminem, Michael Jackson, no specific genre, I just focused on people that couldn’t stop writing. My whole focus was on how to build myself and make myself into a different type of artist”

After the release of your first single ‘Concrete Jungle’ what would you say was your next career altering release?

Jae Prynse: “Try Harder in 2016 was a Frenz For Real production, it gave me real strength and put me on that next level”

So when you are actually recording music, how do you begin the process of creating a track?

Jae Prynse: “First thing when I listen to the riddim I listen to the first 2 strings, then right away try to think of two lyrics to put in”

How does your creative process change when you receive a juggling riddim opposed to a riddim that is more intended to be used as a single track?

Jae Prynse: “Sometimes the riddim tells you what to sing, the time and the moment. As for a juggling riddim it has the right vibe that I can write around”

A big part of your music is looking to inspire those coming from similar situations that you grew up in. What role does that inspiration play in your career?

Jae Prynse: “My main aim is to inspire a lot, everyone going to be eating, taking care of our families. Whether a youth is looking to succeed in music, football, cricket, tennis, I just want them to go for it, believe in themselves and give themselves a better platform””

What are some of the major lessons that you’ve learnt throughout your career?

Jae Prynse: “I’ve been through a lot since I started out in music, signing bad contracts, working with the wrong people, I’ve really focused on learning the business side of music. Trying to make better decisions, seeking legal advice, I’m trying to educate myself making sure there are no hold backs and that I take the right steps”.

What were some of the lessons that you learnt through the release of ‘Try Harder’?

Jae Prynse: “Try Harder really cemented what I knew I was going to do. Before ‘Try Harder’ if I wanted to get things done there was a lot of debating on figures and having to do things that I wouldn’t do now. I’m now in a situation where I can work with a lot people that I’ve always wanted to work with. A lot of people I needed to have on my side to have success, but now I don’t need them to be on my side to have success”

What were your aims coming in 2018 and what did you learn last year to bring into 2019?

Jae Prynse: “I had some singles that did really well, ‘Hard Work’ did well in the streets, ‘Ready’ appealed to the females and opened people’s ears and eyes to Jae Prynse, they didn’t expect me to come with this style.

There were also trials and errors, I’ve learnt more about feeding the market with music, exactly where and when to release music and how to push the music into the places it needs to go”

One of your biggest announcements so far this year has been the deal you signed with Defenders Entertainment what should we expect from this agreement?

Jae Prynse: “Expect new music, everyone is very happy so far, I’m just trying to add to the catalogue at the moment. It is a 2 EP agreement, so I’m really looking forward to the future”

What should we expect from your recent work with Defenders Entertainment?

Jae Prynse: “My first EP is going to be a 5 track EP. I am aiming more towards an international fan base with the EP, with 1 or 2 tracks being aimed towards that audience”

What are your aims for 2019?

Jae Prynse: “Firstly want to get the EP done and as with every year, my main aim is to pass where I was last year and keep growing”

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