Island is undoubtedly one of the more intelligent and exciting young
musicians, to emerge out of Kingston, Jamaica. Born Andre Johnson, on
May 2, 1988, Dre Island exhibited a very strong interest towards music
at a young age.
His enthusiasm pushed his grandmother into
convincing his father to have Dre take music lessons.
privilege of choosing which instrument he wanted to learn. He
chose the piano. As the lessons went by, he improved his skills and got
to love the piano more and more. At age eleven Dre was introduced to a
was from there that he developed the knack for building beats (Rhythms)
and having different artistes sing on those beats. His stage performance
abilities were nurtured by his church, where he was a member of the
church choir. He then went on to showcase his talent at weddings, local
concerts and functions.
He began his professional
journey, working as a producer in some of Jamaica’s top recording
projects with both local and international artistes such as Jah Cure,
Sizzla, Pinchers, Julian Marley, and Junior Reid.
collaborative work with producers Baby G and Jam 2.
With all the experience garnered from his behind the scenes projects as a
producer, and an unwavering support from family and friends, Dre
Island, in 2008, decided to make a transition into becoming a recording
realized the necessity in learning as much as he could about music,
before embarking on such a path.
The skills Dre acquired from
his earlier experiences, has definitely put him at a greater advantage
than many of the other singers and d-jays on the local scene.
produces most of his tracks, and doesn’t believe in restricting his
voice to any particular genre.
genre of music in order to get his message out to everyone across the
He, with his strikingly unforgettable voice and flow has
performed at quite a number of prestigious local shows. He was called
onstage in 2010 by dancehall artiste Ding Dong at the world renowned
Reggae Sumfest, to perform their collaboration “If I could do it again”.
concert in the same year. In 2013, he made his first Rebel Salute
appearance and was well received.
in the Park, Bridging the Gap, Layers of Souls, Bob Marley Trench Town
Rock, Tribute to Dennis Brown, Dre Island live in concert at gee jam
studios, and Keesing Live .
Dre Island has quite a
number of songs out, that are burning the airwaves, spreading his
positive messages like ‘wildfire’’. A few of these tracks are: Whistle
away, which was produced by Donovan Bennett, Bless My Heart oh Jah Jah,
produced by Hunga, What’s Mine is mine, produced by Green Lion and
Uptown downtown, on overstand production’s militancy riddim. Militancy
Riddim also features artistes such as Kabaka Ryramid, Protoje and Jah
Kelissa. Both singles are productions of zincfence records and are
expected to be released in early 2014.
To date, Dre Island has
one officially released mixtape entitled Rastafari Way, produced by
King-I-Vier. A six track EP produced by Zincefence Records is expected
to go out in stores, early 2014. The title of the EP is undecided.
Dre Island has no intentions of letting go of his love for music, or falling short on creativity.
He promises that he will continue to do ‘Jah Works’ to inspire the people of the world.