Youngster builds studio in Clarendon
Dannareo Fearon from Mineral Heights in Clarendon describes himself as a lover of music. The 23-year old said that he started playing his first instrument - the drum set - at just three years old. Now, he is competent at playing the keyboard, as well as bass and lead guitars. He is also a singer and songwriter.
But when Fearon saw that his home parish lacked a studio where he and other artistes could go and record their music and rehearse for shows, he decided to establishment his own - DF Productions.
The studio offers services such as mixing, mastering, recording, commercial production, jingles, dubs, audiobooks, rehearsal space, and musicians for hire.
Fearon has been working on the studio for more than a year, but officially launched it on February 9.
"I decided to open the studio primarily because I realised that there was nothing of its kind in central Jamaica. Persons would have to leave places like Mandeville, May Pen and Old Harbour to travel to Kingston in order to get a quality studio with a rehearsal space, so I decided to put one in Clarendon. Also, I thought this would have been a great asset to the people of Clarendon who are serious about pursuing their musical career," he said.
And so far, its vision has been fulfilling. "Artistes such as Kevin Heath and Levy's Heritage have been utilising the space. The reception has been really good, really exciting," he said.
Fearon, who is a music teacher at Knox Junior High and Spalding High schools in Clarendon, is currently a part-time student at the Edna Manley College.
Although he is in school, he explained that he managed to get the money for his studio by saving.
"I literally just saved up all the money that I had. I'm a musician as well, going out and doing gigs, so every money I got, I just kinda pumped it into the whole project," he said.
And as the sole owner of the studio, Fearon has big dreams for it.
"Ultimately, my vision for DF Productions is really just to cater to the needs of established artistes, up-and-coming artistes; persons who are really serious about the music and the industry. A few years from now, I really just want DF Productions to be international, producing the best quality of music that can really connect with the people," he said