After a successful 10 years with the award-winning Washington, DC-based S.T.O.R.M. Reggae Band (Strong Talented Organized and Real Musicians), founder and lead singer/deejay Denton “Monsoon” Bedward has stepped out to launch his solo career.
This singer-songwriter’s vocal ability has been compared to reggae veterans Capelton, Luciano and Tony Rebel. But where he really shines is on the stage! After all, with a name like a “Monsoon”, Bedward knows he has to come in like a strong wind, without mashin’ up the place too much. If you ask Monsoon, he’ll tell you his passion to explode musically has always been in his DNA.
“I found my gift for music when I was 6 years old,” he said. “I sang in church and DJ’d on the radio and in school. My friends called me “Juke Box” – because as they would knock the desks, I would rap to the beat.”
In recent history, Monsoon performed at President Clinton’s inauguration and went on to open for international recording artists (including Shaggy, Buju Banton, Capelton, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse and Third World). .
“I’m anxious to see how far I can go. It would be nice to be recognized as one of Jamaica’s finest reggae artists, but these things take time,” says Monsoon but with talent like this success is just a stone throw away.
How would you describe your music?
My music is positive, deals with social issues and of course uplifting and fun!
How did you get started in music?
Around age 6 I used to deejay on my uncle’s sound system. Along the way, I was introduced to Johnny P, who took me to the studios across the island on shows.
How did your environment growing up influence your music and style?
My environment has always been competitive. It has been a driving force for me to want to stand out against my competitors… constantly striving to be my best!
What/Who inspires you?
That’s simple … My inspiration comes from GOD.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for my positive attitude towards life, always helping and encouraging others to do good…
What will your legacy be?
My legacy will be my LOVE for GOD and for MANKIND.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I see myself running my own label, managing and producing other young artist … definately still in the music biz.
What can we expect from you in 2012?
Look out for more new singles, more performing and recording.
Thank you for your time and all the best to you in the future.
JAH BLESSINGS, ONE LOVE…
Preview Monsoon’s “About Color”