Jezreel started performing during her high school days; she was in a gospel band called Living waters, and she went on to join a choreography group in university and continued singing in the choir. Singing was always a hobbie and a way of expression, as she began performing professionally in 2006.
Stone started his Journey in 2002, when he joined a hip hop and dancehall group of five called the Geneseas Clan, an urban sensation in Dublin, Ireland that made it to the national TV “Rte 1 etc”.
Stone’s story on why and how he started music is one of a transformational turning point in his life, whereby he felt everything was been put on hold and no opportunities for growth. This was the very first time he understood what people meant by “hitting rock bottom.” Living with the stigma, prejudice and irritation of being an asylum seeker to become a refugee, he faced very depressing and angry stages. He then chose to go completely within, where he remembered things he use to do as a kid that always lifted him regardless, such as writing short stories.
As he kept writing whatever came out, he was able to express his anger until he felt nothing but elation. He decided to try his hand at writing a rap song since he was a very huge fan and music generally had always been the healer for him. He was surprised to notice his rhyming skills, but he understood this came naturally to him.
Where did you get your influence from or what made you pursue your style of music?
Our music influences come from everything around us happening in our day to day lives, and sometimes we just receive melodies and lyrics. We also bring forth music from our dreams.
We love artists like the fugees, tracy chapman, Fela Kuti, Nas, Bob Marley, Tupac, Biggie, Wutan clan, Krs one, and Vista rhymes, and once we both came together to make music we realised our style was unique but people always likened Jezreel to lauren Hill and Stone is a conscious rapper, so we named our style Rhythm and soul.
How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
Being in music is not just a hobby: It’s a craft you commit time to improve by practising and acquiring a professional setup and a management team. We portray all of that and give the best at our performances.
What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
Connections and relationships are very important; who you know is key in the music industry, favour for a favour. Keep tabs on your relationships and your database of fans, make sure to update them from time to time and stay active with them. Flirting and giving great comments is very common in the music industry; it does not have to amount to anything as long as you make someone smile.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Be consistent and enjoy it, focus on being the best you can be and blessing the world with your musical talent and presence, the money will come after you.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
Of course we would do a lot differently. You are learning all the time and every time you learn something new, you apply it. Yes, we would choose this career. It’s part of who we are; even if we are not singing professionally we are contributing to the music industry in other ways.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Yes, we perform in public; we have done concerts, radio, TV and much more. To see more please go to our YouTube channel.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Every time you get a gig it’s different. You don’t take it lightly, and you still give your best and expect the best. So yes, we do get nervous, but once you step on stage, the nerves disappear. Nervousness can come up at anytime but we prefer to align ourselves with the excitement and joy rush of being on the stage and doing what we love to do best.
Have any of your songs been published? (If so, by whom?)
A few of our songs have been published by McM Global team publishers.
Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)
We are an independent label ourselves and also in the process of completing some other major deals which are confidential at the moment. These deals will help in greater promotion, marketing, sales, bookings and Endorsements.
What is next for you?
We pride ourselves in creating uplifting music that heals and suites the mind, body and heart. Let’s just say, to all our fans out there and interested parties, expect much more powerful songs in the nearest future. We have been working on these and they are the next levels of our creations.
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