Putting St Thomas on the musical map
UNITED Kingdom-based businessman Garfield Whyte believes the parish of St Thomas is a hotbed of talent.
For the past three years, Whyte said he and his business partner, Jarell Edwards, have worked tirelessly to unearth and develop talented up-andcoming artistes in the parish.
The two St Thomas natives decided to join forces to create the Flydiewise Productions label in 2014 after a chance encounter.
“In 2014, I visited Jamaica to launch a charity organisation, and I needed to record a song for the project, so I went to Jarell’s studio. While I was there, he told me about his plans to create a label to produce and promote some of the artistes in the parish. I was very impressed with the work he was doing, and I saw that he needed help, so I decided to partner with him to make his dream a reality,” Whyte told Splash.
The label scored its most recognised record last year with the release of Jameik King’s breakout single titled
One Step on the Victory Step rhythm.
“We’ve been working with a lot of artistes from the parish. So far, we’ve enjoyed the most success with Jameik King. He’s very talented and easy to work with; he has the potential to be a very big star. We’re currently working on an EP for him,” said Edwards.
Flydiewise Productions is getting ready to release a new rhythm project called the Pure Light rhythm, which will feature songs from Jameik King, Bushman, Nature Ellis, Deep Jahi, Prophecy, Craig Ed East and Gaza Maxwell.
The Pure Light rhythm will be released on iTunes and all other leading online music platforms in June.