Erup still has eyes on dance­hall


In 2007, dance­hall dee­jay Erup en­tered on the scene with the sin­gle ‘Gal A Run Dem Head’, and it re­mained a pop­u­lar jug­gling tune for lo­cal disc jock­eys for a cou­ple years after its re­lease.

Four years later, the Har­bour View-based en­ter­tainer re­turned with an­other high-en­ergy sin­gle, ti­tled Click Mi Fin­ger, and a wide cat­a­logue of mu­sic that earned him the buzz that was needed to cross over to the in­ter­na­tional stage.

De­spite Erup’s dance­hall back­ground, the en­ter­tainer was able to team up with hip-hop record­ing artistes in the US and nav­i­gate a dif­fer­ent path to recog­ni­tion, that, he says, even­tu­ally made lis­ten­ers of his mu­sic la­bel him as a pop artiste. Some of the Amer­i­can rap­pers he worked with in­clude Un­cle Murda of G-Unit Records and Pusha T.

“That is not the di­rec­tion I want my mu­sic ca­reer to take. Although it makes per­sons across the globe aware that I have the abil­ity to do a wide range of mu­sic, my num­ber one goal is to do dance­hall or Ja­maican mu­sic,” Erup told THE WEEK­END STAR.

But the road to lo­cal fame and for­tune has not been the eas­i­est to ma­noeu­vre.

He said: “It’s not that it is slow or hard, but that I choose care­fully – who I voice with or have pro­duce my mu­sic. There have been many times when I record and the pro­ducer them don’t re­lease or make an ef­fort to work on the track.”

The Plan Pon Mi Life dee­jay says many times the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween pro­duc­ers and the record­ing artistes af­fects the pro­mo­tion of a po­ten­tial hit.

Still not giv­ing up on his goal, he is cur­rently work­ing with Caspa Pro­duc­tions, the pro­ducer/la­bel that was re­spon­si­ble for Munga Hon­ourable’s Wine Pon It. He is fea­tured among record­ing artistes like Gyp­tian, Stoneb­woy and Wayne Mar­shall on the ‘Black For­est’ Rhythm that was re­leased last month.

The sin­gle, called Catch The Flight, is a dance and mu­sic col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fire Links, British Di­a­mond, Lady K and Boysie (of Black Roses Dance Crew). Erup said that there is al­ready good feed­back on the world stages for dance with in­di­vid­u­als learn­ing the ‘Catch The Flight’ dance move in work­shops hosted by the dancers in Europe. Erup added that there are a few new songs that the pub­lic is not fa­mil­iar with, but he is work­ing to pro­mote them to the right cir­cles.

“Things have changed over the years, so as an artiste you just have to deal with mu­sic like your ‘liv­ity’,” he said. “I am not the type of per­son to get a money and buy a big house. In­stead, I save and slowly build my house.”

He con­tin­ued: “Right now, I am even build­ing a record­ing stu­dio in my com­mu­nity. It is a project I have worked and saved my dub work money to in­vest in.”



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