If you don’t know the name Chan Dizzy from his smash hits ‘Hello Badmind’ and ‘Nuh Strange Face’ then 2019 is going to be the year that you are going to get to know the name Chan Dizzy, as he looks to bring back the energy that inspired his early smash hits and once again establish himself as a household name in dancehall.
Chan Dizzy originally “grew up in Kingston”,unlike many dancehall artistes Chan Dizzy grew up in what he refers to as “a middle class family“, he believes that growing up in these circumstances gave him a “a little taste of boths worlds“. Experiencing both “times where there is no money and times when (they) had privileges”.
Music was always an essential part of Chan Dizzy’s family life growing up, with Chan Dizzy being “exposed to a lot of genres of music” with his “sister playing jazz” and his parents listening to a variety of different genres of music in the house.
Chan Dizzy’s introduction to the music industry came whilst he was still in high school, “setting up a sound system with a close friend“, during this period he learnt the grafts of “selecting and overdubbing”.
In 2010 Chan Dizzy began recording professionally, taking his early “love for hip hop and R’n’B” and beginning to develop his career. Chan Dizzy “started out rapping” with his main influences being “Buju Banton, Super Cat, Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac and Nas“.
Chan Dizzy quickly saw mainstream success when he began to move away from strictly rapping towards “more crossover appeal” combining both his love from hip hop and dancehall to create his own unique sound. Chan Dizzy quickly had a smash hit single with ‘Nuh Strange Face” which he admits “catapulted (him) into the lime light“.
‘Nuh Strange Face’ is the single that Chan Dizzy admits “changed (his) life. Before that I was unknown and after that I started travelling the world“.
One of the most memorable moments for Chan Dizzy following the incredible success of ‘Nuh Strange’ was his “first time out of the country, in Trinidad, seeing how big the song was. Thousands of people knowing the song, when the riddim dropped, the people went crazy“.
‘Nuh Strange Face’ incredible success was followed by what Chan Dizzy calls his “biggest song” with ‘Hello Badmind’. Chan Dizzy saw “even more doors being opened” by ‘Hello Badmind’, with the single “taking (his) career to another level“. He was able to “travel even further” and experience even more of the industry.
Looking back on his career so far Chan Dizzy sees “too many highlights to pinpoint a particular favourite“. His favourite element of his musical journey has been writing, developing a distinct “love for writing” throughout his career, with some of his favourite moments being when he is “just locked in a room with a beat, it’s just a different kind of feeling“.
Chan Dizzy did mention one particularly memorable moment in his career when a “Japanese selector dropped to his knees to beg him for a dubplate“.
2018 was a year of “rebuilding” for Chan Dizzy aiming at “getting back out there” and continuing to push the boundaries of his music. ‘Careful’ is a particular highlight of 2018 for Chan Dizzy which received “a lot of love from the masses” and continued to show the incredible crossover appeal that his music has.
2019 will be a continuation of this rebuild as Chan Dizzy aims to once again “establish (him)self as a household name in dancehall” and put himself among “the main contenders” in the genre. He wants to continue working on his crossover appeal, working more towards the style of music that gave him smash hits in 2010 and 2011, bringing his early hip hop influence back into the music he is producing. He is also currently working on “a project for the females” telling us to expect more music like ‘Obsessed’ and ‘Love To Love You’.
Check out Chan Dizzy’s latest release ‘Love To Love You’ produced by Sajay Productions