Musical Bliss

Party promoters making names as music producers

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Romaine “Luigi” Brown and Trevor “Jr Bloodline” Smith, who have established themselves as party promoters, are hoping to channel that success into music production.

On June 29 they released the Morning Bliss Riddim through Zojak World Wide. It features the songs Morning Bliss by Munga Honoreble, Gyal Teggareg (Versatile aka Versi), Chaarger (Jah Vinci), House Deportee (Noah Powa featuring Cutty from Coppershot sound system), and Money Phone by ZJ Liquid.

“Both of us have been doing work with Munga and we have other joint ventures together, so working on the Morning Bliss just happened naturally,” said Brown.

He spoke about the transition from hosting events to music production.

“It's a business that is co-related. We keep events that require music and we are producers that need songs to be played in events and all around the world. A compilation can be promoted similarly to how an event is promoted among other means, of course. We are currently writing scripts to shoot the visuals for the project.”

Brown and Smith are also executive producers for the Morning Bliss. Ranyke Solomon is a writer on the project, while Paul Stephenson and Sheldon Paige were responsible for mixing and mastering the songs.

Though they are known for promoting parties, Brown said they are not strangers to the recording studio.

“We have both been around music over 10 years now; from Junior's time around 007 Studio as well as other top studios and me working with Munga Honoreble and Benzly Hype, who both taught me most of what I know today. We have both done marketing and promotions for the likes of Gyptian, Munga, Real V.I., and current sensation Rygin King, just to name a few,” he explained.

For his part, Smith said: “I basically grew up in a studio and I have always been working with major artistes in Jamaica. From there I gained experience on the business side of the music Industry over the years and decided this was the right time. We have done co-production with Munga on his singles Colors, Flowww and Fabiloso.”

Brown is originally from Portmore. He attended Wolmer's Boys' School and later studied production operations management at the University of Technology Jamaica. Smith is from Seaview Gardens in Kingston; he attended Morant Bay High School in St Thomas and studied business administration and marketing at the University College of the Caribbean.

Both are in their early thirties.

Some of the events Brown has promoted as a member of the Portmore Society are Image, Hennessey V, Allure, Daybreak, and Cross Di Wataz.

Francis has been a member of the Bloodline sound system since 2010 and is also part of Blizz Entertainment. Pretty Girls Only (PGO), Morning Bliss and Sunset Bliss are some of the events he has promoted.

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