I-Octane grew up in Sandy Bay where he attended Palmers Cross All-Age and Garvey Maceo High School. After completing his high school education he went to Knox Community College intending to pursue a career in architecture. That didn’t work out exactly as he planned. Although he excelled in the sciences at school the addictive beat of the sweet reggae music was too much a lure to resist and soon he was giving in to his real love – music.
While going to school he was known for his spit-fire lyrics and cutting rhythms to fit any occasion and he was a regular feature at school concerts and barbecues at Knox. Bombarded with encouragement from friends to take his talent more seriously he did just that after a scorching performance when a producer approached him. The producer convinced him to use his raw natural ability and not to wait any longer before getting into the business.
I-Octane began to give serious thought to getting deeper with music. He assessed his strengths, and summed up that he had above average talent. With that in mind, he made the decision. He then chose a name that would represent the high energy and consistent work, which he put into his music. He then modified the “High Octane” gasoline concept to become I-Octane.
He worked at more barbecues and small stage shows, and tried harder to get his voice on a record. As fate would have it, a friend introduced him to famed Donovan Germaine to do work with Penthouse Records. In 2000, he recorded ‘Oh Jah’, ‘Stepp A Seed’ for Penthouse, plus ‘Love In The streets’ with Beres Hammond, Buju Banton and Assassin.
The cultural singer is reaping the fruits of his hard work as he has been nominated for Best New Artiste and Best Dancehall Collaboration in Richie B’s Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards and is a front runner in Reggae Academy Music Awards in the category of Best Solo Male Reggae Vocal and Best Reggae Video for ‘Stab Vampire’. ‘Stab Vampire’ did exceptionally well in 2007 and earned the VIDEO of the year 2007 on EME Award and also on the two of the most popular Television Stations HYPE TV and RETV Video charts. I-Octane is now working on completing his album while he continues to build up his catalogue of conscious songs, lover’s rock and defense songs as he terms it.
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