Sol gets big break
When he recorded Weatherman early this year, deejay Sol was confident it would be his breakthrough song.
Released in February, Weatherman has become a favourite among dancehall fans. In late June, Sol got another boost when he signed with VPAL Music to distribute the song. VPAL is an affiliate of VP Records.
Sol believes VPAL's expansive distribution network in major markets like the United States and Europe can enhance Weatherman's appeal.
"That's where mi always want reach. Is a great song ... the kids them love it, and once them love it, the older people will catch on. So, the sky's the limit," he said.
Sol, whose real name is Andre Rowe, has been around music for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Cockburn Gardens, he heard his uncles singing on sound systems and was determined to follow their path.
Listening to established artistes like Super Cat, Bounty Killer, and Vybz Kartel fuelled his desire for a music career.
He began recording as a hip-hop artiste a decade ago, while living in the United States.
Sol said Weatherman, produced by Horatio Rowe, has transormed his profile.
"People recognise mi in the streets, inna the parties. Once yuh si that happening, yuh know something good going on."