March 22, 2013
Stein's father joins him in music
CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer
Alliance dancehall artiste Stein is not the only member of his family interested in music, this as his father, 55-year-old Phillip Leeking, has decided to release a few songs of his own.
The father deejays under the moniker Fada Styles, and revealed that Stein receives much of his musical gifts from his genes.
Stein's father has been writing and performing his own songs for over 30 years; however, commercial success was never forthcoming.
In an effort to support himself and two sons, Fada Styles resorted to doing tyre repairs, in the process putting his musical aspirations to rest. However, he was recently discovered by up-and-coming record producer/actor Rayon Walker and reintroduced to the music industry.
"He used to do music but he never had no motivation, so him start duh tyre work. A me discover him and carry him guh studio and voice him and him bad, him have good voice. At the time, I didn't even know he was Stein's father," Walker said.
An optimistic Walker also added that he was not daunted by Fada Style's age, according to the producer it's father-son musical chemistry.
"He has his market so mi nuh watch age. Working with him is like working with a father because him older than me. But I help to motivate him because he is kinda laid back. Right now we have two tours lined up, one in Vancouver and one in England, so we just putting in the work right now. I have produced songs for Stein too suh mi work with both father and son," he said.
Fada Styles who says some promoters call him Fada Stein, expressed joy at finally being able to release his music.
"Mi have whol' heap a tune, but more time mi jus stress out because of how things stay. Been doing music from mi eye deh a mi knee, but dah youth ya just motivate me now fi tek it up back as a bigger man fi him. I have two sons, Stein is one of them, the other one is a doctor in America but di two a dem love musicÉmi neva teach dem nothing bout music but dem just born wid it dem get di talent from mi," Fada Style said.
According to the artiste, music lovers can expect to hear collaborations featuring his son Stein in the future.
"Me and Stein a guh duh a collab. Him always a sey him wah duh a collab wid mi and that when him guh Europe him a guh mek mi forward wid him, because him sey my type of music will get attention and love in Europe," he said.
Stein told The WEEKEND STAR that he believes in his father.
"If him really love it and him know sey him waah dweet and him have the drive, him can dweet because a man has the right to pursue anything he wants to do once it is legal. Is a thing wey him love long time, so just to see him and him fren dem link up and a mek some music is a good vibe."
He continued, "Age is just a number because people like Burning Spears and Toots Hibbert an dem still a duh music. So my father can do his music too and is not like he is doing dancehall, he is doing music for his own age group. Same way when I am 50 I won't be singing songs bout shell down party, dats why mi a duh some one drop music now," Stein said.
Fada Styles is making plans to release songs like Life is A Journey, Pon Di Road and Ghetto People.
"Mi duh good music. Mi nah duh nuh song fi bruck out di youth dem, wi a teach di youth dem good things and nothing to lead them astray," Fada Styles said.
Stein is known for singles like Shell Down The party and Wheel It Off produced by Chimney Records as well as Caliber and Rise Up Di Rifle Dem produced by Big Ship Records. Stein is also gearing up to release his debut album called All Or Nothing and will embark on a promotional tour in Europe following its release.