Producer DreDay is all smiles these days. Within the next two weeks, he will receive a Grammy certification for mixing four of the five songs on Koffee’s EP Rapture , marking a major milestone in the talented producer’s storied career.
The Grammy statuette and certification will serve as further vindication of the producer’s efforts over a 15-year span in dancehall.
“The biggest evolution for Dre Day is being a part of something from Jamaica that was able to win a Grammy. A Grammy is like a diploma type of vibe; it is the highest achievement in music,” said the producer whose real name is Andre Ennis.
“It shows that the world is voting for something made in Jamaica. She is the youngest female Jamaican artiste to ever receive a Grammy, and I was part of that.”
The 19-year-old singer Koffee won Best Reggae Album earlier this year, making her the first woman to take home an award that has existed since 1985, and the youngest reggae trophy recipient in history. According to the Grammy website, all engineers (and others) eligibly credited on a Grammy-winning recording will be acknowledged with Grammy certificates, but DreDay will also receive a Grammy statuette and be designated a Grammy Award recipient because of over 51 per cent of work contributed to the project.
DreDay believes that these accolades will highlight the work of the behind the scenes heroes in the music community who usually do not receive as much attention and appreciation as they deserve.
“The industry doesn’t pay attention to people who mix and sing background vocals. All parts played in music — any kind of music whether you mix or contribute one line — it means that you can be certified for it, so we will keep working,” DreDay said.
He also mixed Koffee’s last single featuring Gunna titled W, which was produced by Izzy Beats.
“If it’s not broke, why fix it? We make a great team,” he said.
DreDay’s projects often bridge the underground and the conventional in an effort to elevate the Jamaican music scene.
Over the years he has done production and mixing work for many labels and artistes such as Voicemail, , Aidonia, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Fo5ifth, Vybz Kartel, and Christopher Martin.
During the years 2012 to 2014, with the creative incubator of DreDay Production, he scored major production hits with Konshens such as Jiggle Jiggle, Kalado’s You Make Me Feel and Bad inna Bed, and Aidonia’s Tan Tuddy.
After conquering the local scene, he then travelled to Miami, Florida, for an opportunity to learn more about the music industry. During his time there, he started producing and doing engineering work for a few Florida-based studios. He has since been travelling back and forth between Jamaica and the United States, to produce and spread his music.
“There are not many platforms in Jamaica to showcase the talent, so these achievements show that we can take it to the forefront and we can do what we need to do,” he said.
DreDay has worked on top- notch productions such as Sean Paul’s Cheap Thrills with Sia, and produced Sean Paul’s So Me High which is DreDay’s most streamed production internationally thus far.
He is presently working on Agent Sasco’s new album. He has also recorded and mixed songs for a virtual who’s who of the young vanguard of artistes coming out of Jamaica, such as Jaz Elise, Runkus, Lila Ike, Zac Jone$, Jane MacGizmo, X3myst and Tesselated.
He also mixed a couple of new singles for the talented Zac Jone$ such as the critically acclaimed Miss Jamaica, featuring Sasco.
“I can mix songs anywhere but I rather mix songs in the comfort of Jamaica. It is not the biggest studio in the world, just a normal room with two speaker box and my equipment. I like the sound of the room. I like it better than a big state-of-the-art studio anywhere overseas. Jamaica is the place, it has a special energy,” he said.
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