We’ve been playlisting Wake Up List by Teeardropz on Phoenix FM recently – and we caught up with him to find out more about his life and music.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
My name stage name is “Teeardropz” and I was born and raised in Jamaica. I live in the Trelawny region of Jamaica and have been involved with music since I was a teenager. My artist name reflects the reason as I was teased as a youth that I became emotional quite easy and shed tears for things I find emotional.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
Although the passion might have been there, I really did not develop the tools to become a true musician until I began working with Manatee Records throughout the early 90’s. I recorded a few songs and was involved with some administrative work such as taking the vinyl records to the radio stations for radio play , and I was inquisitive to learn more about music.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
I listened to artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and many other Jamaican reggae artists but also a host of USA artists such as Anita Baker and Gladys Knight.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
My music is a blend of soul, RnB and reggae but my lyrics are usually real things I encountered or that is happening in society today.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
I have released many songs as of date but more recently the songs which have elevated my status as a musician are , “Wake Up List”, “Trodding” and “Fast Food” featuring Takeova. I worked with the late Barry O’Hare, one of Jamaica’s great producers, with the “Trodding” song. More recently working with Manatee Records, the “Wake Up List” song has seen my online presence grow significantly and to date this is the greatest buzz I have received for my career.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
I listen to many past and upcoming artists. I enjoy music as a whole and appreciate the knowledge I gain from new sounds and features.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Of course all the reggae artists dream of a collab with the master himself “Bob Marley”, but since that is not happening possible his son especially Damian Marley. Honestly any artists who I see fit my appreciation are in the category for me to have a collaboration with.
What are your plans for the future?
More songs on the dashboard as well as shows and concerts here in Jamaica as well as abroad throughout the world.
Where can we find out more about you?