STAR of the Month: I-Octane was Byiome Muir's alter ego
Our STAR of the Month grew up as Byiome Muir. He considered himself a very shy and reserved person who always played by the rules. He always loved music and wanted to pursue it as a career, but knew that for him to make it in the entertainment industry, he needed to shed the 'shy boy' image. That was when I-Octane was born.
"In school, I was a very shy individual and I used sport and music to overcome it. I-Octane is the other side of Byiome Muir that gets me into a lot of trouble," he said with a chuckle.
"The things I wasn't good at, I was always less vocal because me think if me go hard at it, it a go show the weakness of me. I used music to counteract that. It was my escape, and I feel my strongest when I am doing music and being I-Octane."
The entertainer admitted that he wasn't the strongest student academically and would often use music to turn the attention away from his failures.
"I used to always beat the desk dem and create a vibe weh people love. At penny concerts, me always try fi go hard because me want when tomorrow morning come people a talk bout dat and not the English class weh mi fail in," he explained. "It worked because after a while people forget say me get 40 or a 30 per cent pon me English test, but dem remember say me shell a concert."
I-Octane said that after finding out that music made him likeable, he found the strength to break out of his shell and gained a degree of confidence that has followed him into adulthood and the music fraternity.
"Instead of telling myself that I was too shy, mi start tell mi self seh mi need to start play on the radio," he said. "Music began to mean so much more to me. Mi find out seh mi good at it and me can use this music fi break out a poverty and elevate myself."
I-Octane told THE STAR that he is thankful that music found him and revealed that his musical ventures have allowed him to achieve much more than even some of the brightest students with whom he used to attend school.
"When me look pon all a me friends dem weh did brighter than mi and get more subjects than mi, mi just siddung and mi give thanks," he said. "Music was my true calling. Things never did a happen at my speed and on my time, but mi was very determined, and look at me today."