Di Genius produces song for int'l singer Shakira - Encourages other producers to explore genres
Internationally acclaimed music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor is urging local producers to explore different genres of music. This, after landing another huge production with one of the hottest names in pop music.
Following up on a huge feature on Drake's multi-platinum album, Views, last year, the younger of the McGregor brothers is among the producers on Shakira’s recently released studio album, El Dorado. McGregor is the man behind track five on the compilation titled Amarillo.
Speaking with THE WEEKEND STAR, the producer explained that while he is still doing a lot of work in the local music industry, he has been putting in just as much effort into international projects.
“It is important for people like myself (producers) to branch off and experiment with music. Dancehall is where I got my big break, but even before then I knew that I wanted to do more than just dancehall,” he said.
“Music is not as strict as it was before, and so I would encourage producers to be just as open. Don’t put yourself in a box and allow yourself to be limited to one genre of music.”
McGregor described the opportunity to work with Shakira as a blessing and a positive development for Jamaica.
“When you grow up on someone’s music and then you get the chance to work with them, it’s always a blessing, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have had that experience,” he said.
“She’s a really cool, down-to-earth person. I got the chance to work with her personally, and I enjoyed the experience. You forget that she is such a huge celebrity because she is just a great person to be around.”
The producer told THE WEEKEND STAR that he has several big projects to drop in the coming months, but did not go into any details. Instead, he said fans should look out for some big announcements as he has partnered with some of the biggest names in the music industry and will be taking the entertainment scene by storm.
“I’m always working, and wherever I go, I make sure I represent Jamaica to the best of my ability and fly the flag high,” he said. “I have a lot of music to drop — local and international — with reggae artistes, pop artistes, urban contemporary, everybody. Like I said, I am open to exploring music from different genres, and people are going to see that.”