DYUM is an up and coming Dancehall artiste looking to make great strides in the music industry. He is on the right track with songs such as Tief Piece Gimmi and Wanting More (feat. Serani). While he continues to work on establishing his name and sound on the music scene, he also performs a great balancing act, as he is a member of the field artillery branch of the US Army. He was based in Hawaii for about 3 years before moving to Georgia, Texas recently. He believes that this move will be to his advantage because it will now be easier for him to travel to Jamaica.
I recently had a short chat with him about life in Jamaica, his musical journey so far and more.
What was high school life like for you before you left Jamaica?
DYUM: I went to Ocho Rios High School in St. Ann. Some of my fondest memories would be playing basketball for the school. I was actually the captain and we would make it to the final almost every year.
What made you want to pursue a career as a recording artiste?
When I saw the impact that music had on me and the first time I saw my artiste, Aidonia perform at a stage show. Just the way how he performed and how the crowd reacted gave me a big boost. From then it was clear that this is the ultimate artform.
Tell me about the difficulty of being overseas while trying to become established in Jamaica and staying motivated.
It is very difficult and often times frustrating but I continue to push on because of the love for the music and this is something that I really want. I’m not the type of person to give up easily and the passion that I have for music keeps me going. At the end of the day, the hard work and days of feeling down will pay off.
You’re also a member of the US Army. How would you say this impacts your musical journey?
Being a part of the military helps with discipline and time management but on the flip side, it really does take up a lot of my time. It is a demanding job as you can imagine, both physically and mentally. So, it is definitely difficult to juggle both.
Which Jamaican artistes would you say are your biggest influences?
Definitely Buju Banton, Aidonia and Vybz Kartel. When it comes to younger acts, I also like what Quada brings to the table.
What advice would you give to other upcoming artistes?
If you don’t love it, it really doesn’t make any sense getting into music. You have to love it. When those breaking points come, it will be the love of the music that will keep you going.
DYUM’s newest release, Holy Moly, is scheduled for release this month. His current music is available on all streaming platforms.
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