Who is Vital?
MELBOURNE Dyke, more popularly known as 'Vital', former student of Warren Hall High School, is proving that his sound and message is significant in the music business.
This 27-year-old says he not only entertains, but also teaches in his lyrics.
TEENage: How did you get started in music?
Vital: It all started when I was a young child, no more than eight-years-old. I used to listen to the songs of the popular deejays back then and sing their songs.
TEENage: Why music as a career?
Vital: Well, for me it was the music that chose me, I didn't choose music. It was just meant to be.
TEENage: Other than music, what career path would you have chosen?
Vital: If it wasn't music, I would be pursuing a career in electrical installation and plumbing.
TEENage: How would you describe your music?
Vital: I would describe my type of music as original and authentic. Wherever you hear my songs you just know that's Vital.
TEENage: What influences your music?
Vital: The things that influence my music is everyday life. Things that have happened to me, or persons I know, stories about other person's life. Just life stories.
TEENage: Which international and local artistes would you work with?
Vital: Locally, I would do a song with Mavado and internationally it would be Rihanna. Reason being, they both have unique voices and the love and hardwork they put into their music is inspiring.
TEENage: Which artiste do you see as a musical role model and why?
Vital: There are many of them, persons like Sizzla, Capleton, Bounty Killa I-Octane and Konshens, just to name a few.
TEENage: What has been the most memorable part of your career so far?
Vital: It's just the feeling I get after a performance, knowing the audience was well entertained.
TEENage: Which song would you say is your most recognised track?
Vital: The song I did on the Bubble Gum Riddim, called Show Love (Life Hard).
TEENage: Do you have any current projects working on now?
Vital: Currently, I'm recording new singles, and doing videos. I have a new track on Washrooms Entertainment's, Dog Bite Riddim. Just crazy work.
TEENage: Where do you see Vital in the next five years?
Vital: Still doing music of course, making a name for myself in the music industry.
TEENage: Where has you music taken you so far?
Vital: Well right now I'm not touring or anything like that. Just small shows here and there getting my music out there to the people.
TEENage: How does your family feel about your career choice?
Vital: I have a strong family support when it comes to me and music, they back me 100 per cent.
TEENage: What advice would you give to young persons wanting to do music as a career?
Vital: First, you have to love music and then love yourself. Also try and find a producer with the same love and passion for music and work with them.
-- O'Neil Grant