Dancehall Reggae World's Interview with Reggae Artiste Jahmiel
One of the most versatile upcoming reggae artiste is Jahmiel. Neco from dancehall reggae had a one on one chat with this young talented artiste.
Jahmiel tell us about his pass and also what new material his fans can look out for in 2014
See full interview below:
1. What's your birth name?
My real name is Jamiel Foster which I got from my mother, it means very handsome in Arabic and that's what the females say also, ha-ha!
2. Where were you born?
I was born at The Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston Jamaica, and raised in Portmore St. Catherine.
3. How would you classified your Music, Dancehall or Reggae?
I do both reggae and dance-hall music with a positive and uplifting message behind, reason being it was this type of music I gravitated towards as a youngster growing up.
4. Who or what influenced your career choice?
For me music is my inborn talent, my Dad told me that at age 4 I was making my own rhymes and deejaying, 4 is a very tender age for me to know what I want so I would say music chose me.
5. Did you get formal training?
No I didn't its merely a natural blessing.
6. Do you wirte your own music?
Yes, I do write my own music. At age four I was free-styling and at age 12 I started writing and recording.
7. If yes, where do you get your lyrical ideas to write?
Life lessons and not only from my journey but people on a hold, sometimes inspiration comes to me naturally for a song and that I would say is just what the most high wants me to sing.
8. Who is your mentor?
I would rather say mentors because I've been around a lot of experienced people the been there and done that type, my parents, Patrick Roberts former Manager of The King of the Dance-hall Beenie Man, Notnice, Popcaan, Bugle and Jamie Roberts, just the name of few they all encouraged me.
9. Which of your songs do you love the most?
Well that's a hard question because all my songs are of a different nature and there's something I like about all of them therefore I don't have a favorite.
10. What is your worst experience since becoming an artist?
My worst experience would have been me performing while having the flu therefore I couldn't deliver my songs as I would normally do.
11. Your best experience?
Performing Freedom at Drewsland and the entire crowd sang it with me and I think that night I wore the biggest smile, ha-ha!
12. What would you change about the industry today?
Sometimes you have riddims produced by well known producers with well know talents as well as young acts with good quality and songs worth listening, but they are not being played. I believe everyone deserves a chance because if it wasn't for chances none of the well know talents wouldn't be where they are today.
13. What advice would you give to young upcoming artists?
Firstly they have to love what they are doing and believe in themselves. If its gonna take more than a day to get one song done, then do it because good music last throughout this generation and generations to come.
14. How would you describe your music to people?
14/15. As my fans would say, "uplifting, motivational, inspiring, a mood changer and something you could rock to".
15. What image does your music protray?
16. What are your career goals?
16. My goal is to get into the hearts of people through my songs just as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh did, Grammy and all other prestigious awards would come after.
17. How would you define the word success?
Setting goals and achieving them and also being able to provide for my loved ones by doing what I do best which is music.
18. How do you market yourself?
"I do music for all music lovers around the world, I sing of what I know, of my life, and I know that some people relate to it, its our bond. I try to make myself visible on all social media platforms so I'm accessible to my fans, after all they are who made me."
"I do as many shows as I can, I love the stage, and whether its 15 or 1500 I want to give it my all."
19. Do you have a manager?
Yes I do.
20. If no, who handles your business?
21. Are you assigned to any specific label?
No I am not.
22. Give five words that describe you, your style and personality.
If I do find five words they will all mean the same thing so i"ll just say Perfectionist!
23. Do you have any new material coming out soon?
Yes I do, I have a number of songs and videos coming soon.
24. Have you ever gone on any major tour/tours?.
No, not as yet but I'm confirmed for a show in Grenada, April 4th.
25. What is the biggest festival/stage show you've performed on?
In previous years I did Champion in Action, Spring Break, Sting and last years' Ghetto Splash.
26. What's the name of the first song you recorded and released?
Put Down The Gun which I did for Rootical Dubber and Percival Foster the Executive Producer who is also my father, at age 12. Respect goes out to Clive Matthews who saw potential in me at that early stage.