Aaron Da-Jedi performing at Music Festival in May, 2012.
Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News
With a striving music career ahead, local artiste Aaron Da-Jedi will soon be releasing his highly anticipated new two-titled album "G.L.N.G: Makin' Of A Legend".
In an interview with BVI Platinum News, the artiste, whose real name is Aaron Parillon, said this is his second album and with the collaboration of a few local artistes, the album is set out to show that he has matured as an artiste.
"This album means home grown is to be respected as a hit factory and I have matured as an artist...My goal is to solidify my catalog with a classic album and we have made the music to show the world we're coming with good music...It will be released when I feel it is ready for the world, but right now I had to push it back to perfect some songs; to give it that classic feel," he stated.
Da-Jedi said some of the notable songs on the album include 'Makin Of A Legend'; 'Got A Body Like' featuring B'More; 'Don Da Da' featuring Monea and Figga; and 'Maybach Dreamin'.
A humble Da-Jedi, while acknowledging that he is a reality artiste, said the songs on the upcoming album focus mostly on the ladies.
"I'm a reality artist so the things I speak of are what I experience or see happening. But on this album, I focused more on what the ladies desire with songs such as 'Got A Body Like' and 'Admiration Of Her', as well as relationship issues in songs like 'Hate/Love' and 'Other Guys'," he stated.
Some might wonder how Da-Jedi manages to shuffle both his day-to-day job and his music career, and being prolific in both. He shared his secret with BVI Platinum News.
"I'm the manager of an air and ocean freight service, but I usually write music all the time on my blackberry or keep an idea and recite till I find a place to jot. A secret in my writing is my environment; I love writing while everyone is asleep, with my headphones plugged where I zone in and I won't sleep till it's done," he said.
Acceptance Of Music
To many music lovers, Da-Jedi's music sounds good, but there seems to be some reluctance at home to push his music, but he believes "people are scared to accept my music".
"I think people are scared to accept my music because I was the broke kid around the corner with big dreams, so it's difficult for some to imagine me as a mega star, but it'll come, I can only be me. Nobody liked Pac because the homie stood up in his music. So I'll just continue to focus on the fans I got and let that work; eventually the others will give in," he related.
The local artiste when asked about the positives and negatives in the local music industry had a lot to say.
"Positives with the VI music is that we are being considered as great writers and talented artists thanks to Melanie, Iyaz, JASE, Showtime and Planet VI; these people opened doors and eyes, but our negative side is our approach to our people; like we focus more on slandering an artiste instead of supporting the artiste and it starts with the way our hearts are designed."
He added, "It's a lack of togetherness and love. The majority don't want to see you pushing a nice whip or wearing fly clothes or doing big shows; they hate that, but let it be that you are doing something stupid, they love that because it entertains their desire. But it's cool, we're focused at Home Grown. It's the approach we took with the entire [new] album, from features to producers to photography; it's all Home Grown and all love."
Asked if he thinks he is making inroads into the music industry globally, Da-Jedi said what he knows is that he is producing great music and it's time the industry seek him.
"I try not to focus too much on the industry because it's filled with snakes and leeches. I'm more into making great music so the fans' reaction will always be accepting. Let the industry seek me, not the other way around," he said.
The young artiste believes that fans, endorsements and top co-signings are among the things that can help to push him to the next level.
In the coming months, Da-Jedi plans to produce good music videos to help promote his album.
"Next thing for me is to get a couple videos together that's beyond people's expectations of me; release this classic album and build this Home Grown label with Jougo. Also look out for a few big endorsements; we're working to solidify," the artiste asserted.