Music knows no bounds, and artists like Damion Hype understand its universality the most. And while one could take Damon’s music and put it under the Dancehall category, there are many other elements to his songs that exude melodies and aspects of many other genres. Accordingly, the artist is out to challenge cultural divides as he progresses in his music career.
Damion Hype is a singer and songwriter who originally hails from Jamaica. The son of a professional musician, his life revolved around music.
“My dad had a great influence on me as I can remember going to watch him perform at hotels in Jamaica with a band,” shares Damion. “Just the outpouring love from the guests inspired me to become a musician too.” The artist’s calling into music as a career was further confirmed while attending Happy Grove High School, where he would get through everyday beating his desk and creating songs and stringing lyrics in his head during class.
Damion grew up listening to Dancehall and Reggae artists like Bob Marley. After moving to the United States, He would widen his scope and start listening to other genres, especially rap. He would listen to Jamaican rappers like Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Louie Culture, expanding his music and polishing his sound.
In 2016, Damion Hype took a giant leap and recorded his first single track, “Gone,” alongside artist Twaine Henry. The song received a good reception from audiences, especially his family, who encouraged Hype to continue pursuing music. After releasing his first single from his home parish of Portland, he flew back to Jamaica to record his second track. While working on the sophomore release, Damion could brush shoulders with his music idol Louie Culture who praised the Dancehall artist for his “unique voice.”
While Dancehall would become the bedrock for the Jamaican artist’s music career, Damion Hype started expanding his sound a bit more.
“I am from Jamaica, and the slangs we used are not always easy to understand; some say it should be a language, but I make the most of my music with the intent that everyone will understand it,” shares Damion Hype. “In some cases, I used order foreign languages in some of my songs, like in my single ‘Tonight’ that has some Spanish, and ‘Baby Boo’ that has some African languages. And I have at least four songs out in a foreign language.” Just recently, Damion released his new single “Secret” as production starts on the visuals so that he can showcase to the world.
By bringing together languages and elements from other cultures, Damion hopes to break barriers and differences globally. Currently, he has a very diverse listenership, with his audiences and fans now hailing from over 26 different countries. By catering to a global audience and creating music with various influences, he hopes that people will connect with his music and each other.
Some of Damion Hype’s other songs include tracks like “Bad Gal,” “Tonight,” “Above Di Wata,” “Baby Boo,” “You Mi Want,” and “Identity,” to name some of them. His music is most popular in the United States, Jamaica, Kenya, and the Caribbean and circulates in various radio stations in those countries and beyond.