Chronixx inspires artiste to tackle social issues
Dancehall artiste Demetri is looking to change the perception that dancehall music can no longer break with social commentary.
Known for doing seductive songs for the females, Demetri says he has matured in terms of his focus and has begun to pen songs dedicated towards the upliftment of youths in the ghetto. He is now reading more books and wants to tackle issues such as politics and economic exploitation.
MOTIVATE AND UPLIFT
"I have only one intention, which is just to motivate and uplift the inner city youths. I have been drawing influence from Chronixx and Bob Marley and what others go through, and I have been feeling a sense of satisfaction since choosing this new path," he said.
Demetri recently released new reggae singles, such as Dance With Me, Love Till A Morning and One Day Better Must Come.
"The response has been very encouraging so far. I did a performance at TV station the other morning that got good reviews. I also have an up-tempo song produced by Jay Crazie, titled Change My Life, and I feel good about it. I am looking at doing the video in April because the feedback has been really good, and this video would be perfect to be promoted right into the summer," he said
Since joining forces with producer Jay Crazie, Demetri has been focused on fine-tuning his sound and lyrical content for the international market.
"Right now, the sky is the limit, and I want to leave a strong impression on the world. That is why, right now, I am changing up the content because, at the end of the day, you want your music to resonate with the people and change lives. Dancehall songs have been dying fast due to the weak content being put out and the slackness, but I am here with a purpose to change all that," he said.
Veteran dancehall artiste Bounty Killer also spoke on the need for social commentary recently. He told THE STAR that the new generation of artistes are trying to get a fast hit, instead of building their communities through inspirational music.