Genius move: DJ takes party to UK
Watch out Birmingham, Bermuda is on its way. Mista Genius of King Jyrus Sound is taking a “Bermy-style” party to the UK metropolis on Good Friday.
Soca, reggae, hip-hop and R&B will be spinning, courtesy of the Vibe 103 disc jockey and fellow Bermuda DJs Jim Brown and Ozone Sound. There will also be a live performance by General Kaution, whose song Hustla Baby took off in 2017.
“About two years ago or so I was getting a lot of feedback from Bermudians in the UK — people living there and people in school — and they suggested that a couple of Bermuda DJs should come out there and just have a party so they could get that feel of being back home,” said Mista Genius, whose real name is Jason Darrell.
“They felt the party scene out there was a bit different. They were missing being home.
“You’ve got a lot of people who go out there for college, a lot of families are relocating, so there’s quite a bit of Bermudians out there.”
Issa Bermy Ting attracted about 300 people to SugarSuite nightclub last year.
“I had to strategically think of a place that was easy access to everybody in the UK, so I went with somewhere that was centrally located that was open to having a party that would feature dancehall, hip-hop, soca, afro beats and R&B,” he said.
“I took a trip out there before the first party — just to do some shopping for different venues — and the people at SugarSuite were open to me having a party.
“I had the party at the same time last year, in April, and they wanted me to come back within the next few months and do another one. They were pretty happy with the turnout and how the night went and wanted me to do it at least four times a year.”
That plan did not work for Mr Darrell, who has a full-time job as an air-conditioning technician, but he is thrilled to be able to repeat the party next week.
“I’ve been deejaying for about 14 years now,” said the 33-year-old, who four years ago joined King Jyrus and with them won the annual Soca v Reggae competition in 2015 and 2016.
“I just had a love for music. I always imagined myself being on a stage playing music for people and it almost became an addiction. I just wanted to pursue that dream.”
King Jyrus put him in touch with a DJ once he got back from college. They worked together for five years before Mr Darrell branched off to do his own thing.
“When I first started, it was nerve-racking, I would take shots before I went on but I’m fine now,” he said, admitting to occasionally having butterflies before his Friday slots on Vibe 103 when “a good 3,000 people are listening to me”.
His hope is that his Birmingham gigs might open up other opportunities.
“Doing this party is like a foot in the door. You never know what can happen. Hopefully as the years go by, if I keep doing this event, it will get bigger and bigger. You never know what can happen.”
British DJs Mikey Flex and DJ Plyerz are also on the roster for next week’s show.
“Adding General Kaution was the selling point,” Mr Darrell said. “When he lived here, he had a couple of songs that people knew but he lives in the UK now and this is his first performance.
“He created a buzz when he was here, so people who lived in the UK didn’t get a chance to see him. They can now see what all the hype was about for themselves.”
• Issa Bermy Ting Pt 2 is sponsored by trip.bm. Tickets, £10 in advance and £15 at the door, are available at bit.ly/2V2WYfB