I-Octane is April STAR of the Month
STAR of the Month Byiome 'I-Octane' Muir will be celebrating a decade in the music industry this month, and will commemorate the achievement by opening the doors of his own recording studio.
The singjay, who grew up in Sandy Bay, a small community east of May Pen, Clarendon, attended the Palmer's Cross All-Age School and then Garvey Maceo High School.
The young Muir would often sing and make noises during class, a practice he carried to the Knox Community College which he briefly attended to a focus on architecture.
However, Muir soon found that music was his calling and, as such, he dropped out of school to pursue the arts full-time.
Muir was taken under the wings of veteran producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records at age 16. Germain has also managed other notable acts, like Buju Banton and Assassin.
He then released his first set of singles, Oh Jah and Stepp a Seed, in 2000 at Penthouse Records, under the moniker Richie Rich.
After meeting Junior Arrows of the Arrows Recording Company, Muir signed a deal with the Kingston-based outfit under the new name I-Octane.
I-Octane's first notable break came in 2007 for his social commentary track, titled Stab Vampire. Since then, the singjay has consistently released hit singles, including Love, Lose A friend, Mama You Alone, and others.
In 2014, the singjay donned the moniker' The Closer' after being the closing act at Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night two years in a row.
During the course of this month, fans will get a rare opportunity to read about the life of the singer via THE STAR.