April 16, 2009
Demarco makes his musical mark
Collin Edwards, aka Demarco is the embodiment of the totally rounded music practitioner. And, while he manages to intertwine song writing with music production, engineering, and performing, he sees all of this as just another day’s (and night’s) work.
“As long as there is a passion within you for what you do, then it won’t even seem like work. It’s all
about doing what you really like,” Demarco says.
For him, music is music, whatever the genre, and he skillfully traverses the lines between dancehall, roots reggae, hip hop, and R&B.
He has either written, produced, or built tracks for some of the world’s most popular figures in music. Top names like singer/rapper Olivia, rapper Styles P and deejay Sean Paul have experienced his production skills, while deejay Bounty Killer and others have put vocals to his cutting lyrics.
A graduate of Ardenne High School in St Andrew, he was originally a member of a school based sound system called the Future Disco. Spinning the hits and mixing them, increased his love for it, and inevitably, he graduated to performing on the sound system.
Bitten with this performance bug, it was easy to see why he scored with the song Fallen Soldiers, arguably a blooming anthem in the dancehall.
Through a mutual friend, he was introduced to Star Kutt Music. They reviewed his material and immediately signed him up as a part of the team. With Star Kutt, his work load, his talent, and his reputation exploded, landing him jobs with some of Hip Hop’s leading players. He created tracks for rapper Styles P, and Free from BET’s 106 & Park.
Since then, he has produced and written a steady stream of hits that have ridden local charts to the top, while still with the Star Kutt label. These include Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, Beautiful Lady, Sort Dem Out, Better Jamaica, and Give The World. The bulk of these tracks have climbed to the top of local charts at one point or another, and the music videos have increased Demarco’s presence inside the local scene as a competent and formidable contender on the performing stage. Other releases include Listen To Your Girl, Blessings A Multiply with Da’Ville and Face Life featuring Busy Signal.
He has also done a remix of the Mighty Diamonds’ classic I Need A Roof which is creating quite a buzz on radio and in the dnacehall.