Up-and-coming artiste seeks success
"From I was a young boy growing up, I always wanted to be an artiste. Sometimes I feel like a mountain is in my way, but this is what I want so nothing can stop me from becoming an artiste."
Those are the words of up-and-coming dancehall artiste Arctic, who despite the many challenges in the music industry, has his sights set on making it to the top.
Born Sheldon Sutherland, Arctic first realised his love for music in a free styling session with friends while still a teenager. His stage name, given to him by friends, describes his lyrical ability. Those who have heard his rhymes liken the content of his songs to the Arctic Circle as they are (as he tells it) 'cold as ice'.
Though he has only been pursuing music professionally for four years, Arctic already knows the direction in which he wants his career to go. He lists Bob Marley as one of the persons that most inspires him, and hopes to one day leave a musical legacy behind similar to the late reggae legend.
The entertainer hopeful is well aware of the difficult journey to the top, but is ready for the challenge and hopes that somewhere along the line, he gets the opportunity to work with numerous iconic dancehall figures, Bounty Killer in particular.
"Well, I don't have a special artiste I want to work with. I just want to do music, but if I could pick one I would say Bounty Killer because he has done so much for dancehall music. Him buss some of the biggest names in dancehall."
Arctic is promoting his song Possible, that is doing relatively well on the local music scene. He hopes to release several more in the months to come.