|Posted by urbanmelodyfm on July 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM|
Take Shaggy, Sean Paul and Rupee, Dancehall, Soca, Pop, Hip Hop and Reggae, mix them together to get an idea of Hodari’s musical style. A blend of the Caribbean sounds but always with Jamaican flavor, unapologetically and unashamedly poppy and clubby, is how Hodari makes his music. The songwriter turned producer and artiste said the same way a chef prepares a great tasting dish is the same way I t...ry to make my music, I try to put all the right ingredients in and experiment. Even though I’m The Jamaican Soca Artiste, I don't only do soca music. To put it simply, I just make music.
Hodari spent his early years between the often volatile areas of Waterhouse and Franklin Town in Kingston, Jamaica until the age of 5 when his parents decided they wanted to raise their then 3 boys in a better environment and moved the family to Portmore, St. Catherine. Hodari admitted that in his teen years he loved listening to music, like most people, but had no inkling that he would be making music professionally, but it was always there somewhere. "I used to fool around the keyboard a bit and usually had one somewhere in the house but never learned to play…. still cant,” he laughs.
Reggae and Dancehall music was not played in his house when growing up but he got into Dancehall in his final year of high school around the time that mega-hit dancehall producer Dave Kelly was ruling the airwaves. I really started liking Dancehall when I 1st heard Buju Banton's "Browning" at a high school fete.
In his quest for knowledge about the music industry Hodari has met and had the privilege of meeting and gaining information, insight and even being in the studio watching some of Jamaica's best producers. Special mention to Jeremy Harding (manager of Multi-platinum selling Jamaican Artiste Sean Paul) who gave me my first bit of recording software and beat-making program, and Nigel Staff (multi-platinum selling songwriter - Shaggy's Hot Shot Album, Sean Paul's Give It Up To Me, to name a few) who encouraged and helped me to hone my craft as a songwriter and producer (still working on that).
As a songwriter Hodari has co-written for other Jamaican artistes and the released songs are:
- What's Up Papi by TIA & Danny English on the Sexy Lady Explosion Compilation
- Wish You Were Here by Voicemail on their Japan released album Let's Go
- Come Home Soon by Mr. Easy on the Golden Bathtub Compilation
- Let It Be by Nesbeth also on the Golden Bathtub Compilation
Also Cant Breathe by Denyque which has received favorable airplay in his country of birth Jamaica and the Caribbean
Hodari's 1st official release, "Get Outa Control" is a tribute to 1st, his wife and to all the hot, independent women. It's their moment to shine and for the moment forget about everything else, strut their stuff, show off a little, shake their moneymakers, model & take the runway. He wrote, produced, recorded and performed it for his record label, FuGen and has been slowly gaining momentum. Hodari said, "I'm having fun being me, making music, meeting & making new fans, and enjoying myself on my musical journey. I’m looking forward to making my mark on the musical stage and playing my part in making music from Jamaica and the Caribbean more recognized globally. Heading To The Top!