- For those who missed your climb to the spotlight, describe the journey in four lines.
It’s been a tough one honestly, tried a couple of things that didn’t really work out but I still kept pushing because giving up is not an option for me.
- How old are you and has dance-hall always been your genre of choice?
Uummm, I’m in my early 20s. Still young.
Honestly, dance-hall hasn’t always been my choice, it was all about Hip-Life, Hip-hop and Afro-beats in the early stages. I later came across songs made by Alkaline, Popcaan, Chronixx, Vybz Kartel, Mavado etc. which I really enjoyed and the love grew deep for dance-hall music since then. For now when it comes to genre, I’m all about Afro-beats and Dance-hall music but I still listen to the others.
- Did you think your entry for Empawa, was going to be received as well as it has?
Oh yeah I was so sure because I know what I am capable of and how hard I’ve worked in the past years.
- A bunch of international icons, including Konshens, have shared your video. Which one shocked you the most?
Honestly All of them especially those from Jamaica it felt like a dream come through. I’m from a country that doesn’t speak patoa so to learn, sing and be liked by those who actually speak it, lets you know deep you have worked.
- How are those around you, dealing with the sudden success?
Wow! Everyone is happy and those who didn’t know I do Dance-hall are amazed but my very close friends weren’t too surprised. All they say is; “we knew this would happen but we were just waiting for the day”. They actually didn’t expect it to be this big. Lol.
- What are your social media handles and how many followers would you say have joined your journey in the past few days?
On Twitter :- @jderobie
And on IG :- @j.derobie
Umm I honestly have no idea. It just shot up like BOOM!!! and still rising. It was a few hundreds before it all started.
- Looking at the support you’ve received so far, what’s the next step?
I’m just going to focus on making good music for my fans to enjoy.
- Should we expect an international remix of “Poverty”?
Oh yeah, who knows God’s plan? Laughs…
- What do you think you will be remembered for, if it was your last day on earth?
Oh umm I think the people will remember me as the underground artist who rose from underground to top chart on iTunes Africa and World chart with the help of Mr Eazi and Empawa initiative.
- What do you hope to achieve with this single?
I hope this single captures the hearts of people and the music industry around the world. That way, they would be expecting more from me which would also motivate me to work harder and build my brand as an international Afro-beat/Dance-hall artiste.