The pandemic has affected both reggae and dancehall artists in more ways than one - we either have people shelving their releases or see artists putting out as much as possible to see if they can make a hit.
That is why, in this episode, we decided to talk to Diego Herrera, Music Curator and Programmer, about Staying Power in Reggae and Dancehall and the changes we’re observing in the same today.
For as long as he can remember, Diego has loved music. His interest in different musical genres led to a career working for streaming giant Pandora as their Reggae and Caribbean Music Curator and Programmer, creating playlists and stations for over 50 million streamers.
Here are a few of the takeaways on Staying Power from Diego -
● Quality and not quantity is all that should matter to artists.
● It would be best to consider an artist’s versatility while deciding the staying power - having that versatility helps you stand out and survive the onslaught of all the releases and noise.
● One hit song is all it takes to get you to the top of the artist’s community.
● It helps to have a team around you and to be positive.
Here’s a few artists mentioned in the episode!
Rodney Basil Price is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. AllMusic describes him as "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk". He is considered one of the best dancehall lyricists of all time.
Miguel Orlando Collins is a Jamaican reggae recording artist. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases.
Adidja Azim Palmer is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist, composer, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques OD is a Jamaican rapper, singer, and record producer who is regarded as one of the genre's most prolific artists.
Andre Hugh Sutherland is a Jamaican deejay, singer, and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas.
Mark Anthony Myrie is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is widely considered one of the most significant and well-regarded artists in Jamaican music.
Grace Latoya Hamilton is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer, and songwriter. Referred to as the "Queen of Dancehall", Spice is recognized as one of the most prominent dancehall artists in the world.
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar is an American rapper and actress.
Oje Ken Ollivierre is a contemporary reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica.
Jeremy Harding is a Jamaican musician, producer, and engineer. He was the manager for Jamaican reggae artist Sean Paul until 2011. He also produced for artists Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Tanto Metro and Devonte.
Collin Demar Edwards is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist
Desmond Méndez is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, selector, and singjay.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman.
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