STAR On The Rise: Give new artistes a chance - Up-and-coming artiste Po3tik says industry can be challenging
Aspiring artiste Po3tik, says he was in his early 20s when he first discovered his musical talents. He and a friend were vibing at a studio, when he churned out his first song. Shocked at how the lyrics flowed naturally, the artiste, given name Adrian Rodney, decided there and then that a career in music was what he wanted.
“It was a little idle settings. One day me and a likkle bredren a vibe wid a phone wid some riddim on it. Me say mi a go try a thing so we say we a go write a song together. It wasn’t his first time writing but it was my first time, and me shock myself because me end up a write most of the song,” he said. “Me surprise myself because me never know me coulda write song. Me always check say a supmn hard but when me write it, it did actually sound like a song so that’s where the music really began and it just develop over the years. Jamaica soon know the full extent a it.”
Pursued his dreams
Po3tik said he grew up without a father, but, said his mother’s undaunting support kept him going as he pursued his dreams of being an artiste. He said the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts was where he was headed but had to put those plans on hold because of financial constraints. “We did a do performing arts and a try fi move on to Edna but it never really work out because the money never really deh deh fi push things to the next level,” he explained. “Den me son born, so me did haffi put that on the back-burner. When the instrument side get put off that’s when we actually took up the writing and everything just fall into place.”
Now that things are beginning to look up for the aspiring deejay, he wants key players in the industry to do more to give fresh talent a chance. “Music business is pretty challenging. It rough sometimes because yuh will a put out everything and a just yuh fren dem and couple likkle people a notice. Nobody nah really see yuh no matter how good the material is,” he said. “To get the thing on a level where people can know about and pay attention and grab on to your name is the biggest challenge. We need the strength though from selectors and radio disc jocks,” he told THE STAR.