February 08, 2009
D-Lynx upbeat and ready to live their dream
As underground artistes back in 1998, the trio D-Lynx, which comprises Wayne, Felch and Jermz had big dreams, but it didn’t start coming together until 2006 when they signed with Big Yard, the label known for signing only the very best of the best.
The group describes the experience with Big Yard as a blessing. “Big Yard brings out the best in us,” declares Wayne.
Since their signing, they have recorded the tracks Let’s Go, Bruk Out, Diggi Dong, Her Own Way, Good Things, and Joe Grind.
The have also just released the video for the single Diggi Dong, which has been receiving heavy rotation and is strategically poised as a possible breakout single.
The group recalls their first venture into the music business. “We wrote, practised, and recorded several tracks from a small studio inside a basement and did several demos. These were circulated into quite a few nook and crannies, until some of them later found themselves into important industry hands,” D-Lynz said.
They also honed their craft on the stage and performed on the Heineken Heatwave concert in 2004 which featured American rapper 50 Cent, Pepsi Teensplash, and Ewarton Jerkfest.
D-Lynx is the fusion of three formally trained voices and formidable writing talent to supply the material for these voices. The members of the group are Jermaine ‘Jermz’ Wright, Alwayne ‘Wayne’ Harrison, and Fabion ‘Felch’ Mclean.
Each of them has passed the acid test of being on school choirs and subsequently joined forces in 1998 while students of the Charlemont High School in St Catherine.
Wayne, the youngest of the group, was bitten by the music bug quite early in his life. While growing up, he fed his ears the music of Ben E King, Craig David, Tracey Chapman, Usher, Beres Hammond, and Lukey D among others, listening to their silky smoothness, and practicing endlessly to achieve it. He can remember at age seven while at Primary School, he was thrust into performing one of Ben E King’s greatest classics, Stand By Me, while he was at a school concert.
Without fear, he did it, and to rave reviews as well from all ages. Inevitably, by his entry into Charlemont High, he found his way into the school choir, where he made the link.
The second of the trio is Felch who grew up in St Catherine and earned his nickname from his cousin. He recalls being fascinated by established acts such as Craig David, Sizzla, Buju, Tracey Chapman, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure, and Lukey D. Expectedly, he began the musical journey from as early as primary School, but never settled down on a serious level until at Charlemont where he easily made the school choir. Felch plays the drums and touches a few notes on the keyboard.
Jermz, the deejay in the group, recalls that his real journey into music came from an innocent challenge while in high school. He was dared by friends to learn, and subsequently perform, a particular tune by Busta Rhymes within a certain time. He aced the challenge. This feat, though quickly forgotten by his friends, only served to get him more seriously interested in music. He then fed his ears to the music from a variety of genres and from different artistes, including Tupac, Craig David, Busta Rhymes, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Assassin, Whitney Houston and Sizzla.