DJ Wade scores Aussie success
Late last month Stick Men Toys Rock, an electronic dance track by Jamaican-born DJ Wade, released under the alter-ego Dasvibes, topped the Australian EDM chart.
Stick Men Toys Rock also topped the iTunes chart in Australia, peaking at number four on the Australia Top 100 Independent Singles chart.
DJ Wade is obviously upbeat about the success of the track. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer he shared the inspiration behind the track.
“Travelling throughout Australia, Korea, and Japan, I noticed there is a mega market for dance/electronic music. I always told myself that one day I will create this type of music with some form of Jamaican ‘yard’ vibes. When Warner Records and speaker brand Bose released the Stick Men Toys NFT [non-fungible tokens] project, I got the starting dance samples from my NFT to make this dream a reality,” said DJ Wade.
He continued, “I like to create music; not because I am from Jamaica we should only make reggae and dancehall. If we want to keep making hits worldwide, we have to be open to make and mix with all genres of music and this is me starting with electronic music.”
This is DJ Wade’s first attempt at doing electronic music. He shared some of his influences from the genre.
“When I was in China travelling I heard Major Lazer and Busy Signal’s Watch Out Fi This (Bumaye) playing at a shopping mall. From then I started to listen to the likes of Skrillex and David Guetta.
DJ Wade is from Seaview Gardens in St Andrew. He presently resides in Brisbane, Australia.
“My journey in music began while playing on sound systems in Seaview Gardens. I am self-taught [in] computer skills to learn how to use a computer and record music at home to recording music in real recording studios with the likes of Turbulence, Daddigon and Farenizzi,” said DJ Wade.
“My aim is to create a music platform to highlight and promote great music directly to the fans worldwide and to create a music programme in schools in Jamaica to give the next generation the guidance and platforms that I didn’t have when I was attending school.”
DJ Wade produced the song I Need You which was recorded by Jamaican-born, Canada-based, JUNO Award-winning reggae artiste Blessed. The song has so far racked up more than one million streams on Spotify.