Now flying the flag in the U.S., Cayman’s own R&B star Wayneroy is as busy as ever. Weekender catches up with the busy musician to reflect on 2014 and to find out what’s planned for next year.
Any releases this year?
I’ve been in production for myself and a few artists from Miami this year. I’ve been writing and producing for Gladys J, who is a soulful organic vocalist who I would compare to Indie Arie. She’s also a backup dancer for Trina, so she’s super talented. I’ve also been working with David Lucena, a talented guitarist who also sings in Portuguese. He and I have a record in the making. Besides Gladys and David, I’m also working with quite a few Miami rappers.
Any thoughts on music in general?
As the year comes to a close, I was hoping to see somebody go platinum, but according to Forbes.com in an article written on Oct. 16, “Not one artist’s album has gone Platinum in 2014.” It doesn’t speak well for the industry, However, I would like to encourage people to support musicians and their art.
What was your favorite gig you played in 2014 and why?
That would have to be Mova Lounge in Brickell, Miami, right before Miami Carnival. It was great to do a remix of one of my songs to set the pace for Miami Carnival.
What was the worst moment in 2014?
I can’t think of a really bad moment in 2014, and I guess I can count my blessings now that I think about it. I’ve been fortunate to meet some amazing people this year, like Fabian “Trip” Camacho, who is the owner of Miami Recording Studios. After meeting him for the first time, he took to my project and offered me the studio whenever I wanted it. Personally, I wouldn’t trust anyone I just met with thousands of dollars of studio equipment to operate by themselves, but lucky for me Trip doesn’t think like that. Also, Daniloh Hernandez, the owner of Risque Brands who is responsible for my re-branding. As an artist, it’s important to reinvent yourself, and with Daniloh it was pretty much the same situation. He walked into the studio to observe one of my sessions and the next day got in contact with me to take me on as a client. So yeah, I’ve been blessed. What was your highlight of 2014?
That would have to be coming home for Batabano and Pirates Week. To come home and hear people encourage you and actually stay up to date with all your endeavors is overwhelming. With Pirates Week being the more recent of the two, I was able to attend this year’s song competition, and I was impressed by the talent that is here on island. I sat with JG (Jason Gilbert) in the studio and discussed a few things his program “The JG Initiative” will be doing for the remainder of the year, and I encourage those with a passion for music to get involved. Seeing young people excel and get more involved in music means more to me than anything. There’s too much talent here to let it all go to waste.
Which other bands / acts impressed you in 2014?
From the Cayman Islands, I would have to say Cotterell. His latest project “Poinciana” is so on-point. I’ve known him for awhile and I’m really impressed with the level he’s taken his music to. Like I said before, there’s mad talent in the 345. Internationally, I would have to say Tink. She’s a 19-year-old singer/rapper who is signed to Timbaland’s label. If you were a Lauren Hill fan back in the day, you’re gonna be blown away when you hear Tink. Other artist for this year that I gravitated to would be Sam Smith, Jhene Aiko, her sister Mila J and of course, Chronixx.
What do you have lined up for 2015?
Hopefully a lot. There’s definitely new music that’s waiting to come out, and I can’t wait to release it. I’ve worked a lot on a different sound for myself just for show purposes. I wanted to fall back from the soulful slow jams to make more commercial music so when I step on a stage you can be sure to be entertained. As an artist you need to appeal to a wide audience, so with the catalog of music from the first album and the records from this second project, I’ll have a lot to work with. If all goes as planned, I should be here in June for something special. Fingers crossed.
How has Cayman’s music scene developed in 2014, and what else can be done to help musicians?
I can’t really say it has or it hasn’t ‘cause I really haven’t been here, but I can say that I’ve seen individuals develop their craft independently. I’ve seen the Facebook posts, little snippets of musicians playing something they just learned on the piano or guitar, or the 15 second Instagram videos of young girls singing the song for the moment. They are inspiring. Don’t think of them as corny…you never know who is watching and who you are inspiring.
Any message to your fans ?
I’d like to thank the people who never stop supporting and encouraging. It’s not easy to break into the market, but just to know that there are people back home who are depending on you to do something great means never giving up…and I’m human, just like everybody else. Not every day is going to be a walk in the park…there are days you feel like giving up…but sunny days wouldn’t feel so special if it wasn’t for rain. Be safe for the rest of 2014, and may 2015 be the year of fulfillment for you.