SEAN PAUL

Hard work, luck and hon­esty… the dance­hall star’s golden rules for liv­ing.

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1 PA­TIENCE IS KEY

I played wa­ter polo and swam for Ja­maica at re­gional com­pe­ti­tions. Our coach was hard­core. I spent so much time in the pool I thought I would grow fins, but it def­i­nitely gave me dis­ci­pline and pa­tience for re­peat­ing tasks un­til I got them right.

2 KEEP AT IT

Never give up… Ever.

3 BE THE DADDY

I love be­ing a fa­ther. I look for­ward to wak­ing up and spend­ing time with my son every day. I want to be there every step of the way with him. Be­com­ing a fa­ther has re­freshed my whole per­spec­tive on life. It’s all so brand new again.

4 STAND OUT

My early shows in Kingston were mostly Up­town with a lot of friends there, so they were pretty cool. It was af­ter that, when I had a few songs out there and moved to the next level of shows which were more pop­u­lated by the gen­eral pub­lic, when I re­alised how hard it was to please a Ja­maican crowd. It’s well known that a Yard crowd is one of the hard­est crowds to move. Peo­ple said I sounded like [ Ja­maican dance­hall dee­jay] Su­per Cat, so I guess that made me stand out at first.

5 NO RE­GRETS

I don’t re­ally do re­gret. I think it’s a wasted emo­tion. What has hap­pened is gone, it’s in the past. We just need to learn from it and move on.

6 GET CRE­ATIVE

I’m hap­pi­est during the cre­ative process. I like writ­ing, be­ing in the stu­dio. I do a lot of cre­at­ing with my brother, Jigzag. I started pro­duc­ing mu­sic a cou­ple of years ago as well. It gave me even more in­sight into mu­sic. I get so deep into that shit now. I just love it.

7 WORK HARD, BE LUCKY, REP­RE­SENT

Hard work and luck both have some­thing to do with the fact I’ve been able to carve out a ca­reer in mu­sic. I think a lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise the work ethic that this busi­ness de­mands. It’s not just “make mu­sic and do shows”, there’s promo, video shoots, TV ap­pear­ances, ra­dio drops, photo shoots… and in­ter­views. I’m proud of all the awards I’ve won... my Grammy, my Mo­bos, my Amer­i­can Mu­sic Award, but I’m most proud of be­ing able to travel the world and carry the flag for Ja­maica, and rep­re­sent for dance­hall mu­sic.

8 HAVE A HOME FROM HOME

I’ve never lived any­where but Ja­maica but I spent a lot of time in Toronto from the age of about 11 to 15. My brother was born there and I have a lot of love for that city and Canada over­all. They’re al­ways good to me when I go there, whether it’s for shows or oth­er­wise.

9 DIS­HON­ESTY IS THE WORST POL­ICY

Dis­hon­esty is the trait I dis­like most in other peo­ple. And peo­ple who don’t have re­spect for the biz. I’ve met so many great artists who are so hum­ble, then you meet peo­ple who have one or two hits and they act like they are leg­ends and treat oth­ers like shit. I hate to see that.

10 SHOW RE­SPECT

I’ve done a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tions that haven’t made it to the pub­lic, but I’ve had some bang­ing ones re­leased. The se­cret of mak­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion work is be­ing able to re­spect each other and give each other the space to do your thing. I’m a stu­dent of mu­sic and it al­ways amazes me how adapt­able dance­hall mu­sic is to other gen­res. That helps, too.

“Re­spect each other…” Mr Col­lab­o­ra­tor (here with Bey­oncé) ex­plains how it’s done.

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