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In one word, the best description of the artist known as Demolition Man or Ras Demo is: multi-talented. He was born in Hackney, East London, England and is a singer, songwriter, emcee, engineer, lyricist and producer. When asked why he refers to himself as ‘Demolition Man’? He explains that, “Demolition Man is here to demolish all evil things.”Demo’s drive, love and energy can be felt through his words, power and sound in his musical creations. On the rocky road to being truly recognized and appreciated in the music industry, this hard -working artists’, positivity and determination can literally be felt. Music is Demolition Man’s first love and there is no stopping him now.
As a child, Ras Demo’s first visit to Jamaica became his source of musical inspiration and the unique experiences as a child in the West Indies heavily influenced and helped shape the content of his music. From 1983 – 1993 Demo was a key emcee on the sound circuit, first with ‘In Ting Hi Fi’ and then ‘Justice Sound’. While living in the U.S for a year in 1993, he went on a three day tour with Bounty Killer, Lady Patra, Roundhead and Ninja kid. This tour signified the evolution from Wayne Young to Demolition Man.
In 1994, Demolition Man collaborated with producer Terry T on a track called ‘Fire’ which was released by Prizna, and became an international hit charted at #33 in the National charts. It was now time for Demolition Man’s journey to really begin.In late 1994 Demo met Solo Dan who took him under his wings. Ras Solo was greatly responsible for teaching Demo about production, teaching him how to use Atari Cubase and being a positive Ras Tafari elder in his livity. It was 1996 when he decided to become a Rasta practicing Rastafari livity; he also started to develop as a producer and started touring as an artist.
In 1998, Demolition Man embarked on a spiritual journey to Africa, the motherland. He was blessed with the opportunity to perform in Sierra Leone, Freetown at a peace concert and in Gambia alongside other artists’ such as Sweetie Irie, Lorna Asha and Richie Davis.
In Late 2001, Dem Lott was formed. They launched a tune called, ‘Dem Lott’s Here Now’ on a garage production produced by Demolition Man. The group achieved radio and television success and filmed a video for their tune ‘Weekend Inferno’ which aired on Channel U. “I still kept touring doing PA’s with DJ Vadim from the hip-hop circuit in Germany, Russia, Dublin, Norway, Sweden and Greece and Terry – T and Dj Souljah on the jungle scene in Spain”.That spring, Demo was introduced to Theatre Royal Stratford East, to teach young students music production towards their GCSE’s. Then in April 2003, he took part in a hip –hop musical called ‘Da Boyz’ which was extended to eight weeks due to public demand. In 2005- 2008 Ras Demo spent time networking and recording in Toronto, Canada. During this time he still toured and performed in the U.S, Trinidad, Europe and throughout Canada. Demo was a part of many recognized Reggae/Ras Tafari events put on in Toronto such as; Jamaica Day with headliners Tanya Stephens, Horace Martin, and Professor Nuts among many other Reggae greats, Rootsbana, Ethiopian Christmas Celebration, and at Borough Day in Trinidad, West Indies with Jah Melody and Humble, just to name a few. He was featured at many other guest appearances at both cultural and Jungle/Drum n Bass events. Demo went on tour and performed across Canada, headlining sold out shows and festivals in cities like Vancouver, British Columbia with DJ Capital J and DJ Slip n Slide from Toronto, Calgary & Edmonton, Alberta, Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles, California.
It was in 2006 when Demolition Man lived one of his childhood dreams. He travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to go and record what would end up being 38 tracks in the legendary King Jammy’s Studio. “It was amazing. I stayed for a month in Dunkirk, Red Square but I went studio every day. It was a challenge for me, I had to make up three tunes a day and I hadn’t put pen to paper to write lyrics since 1997! I got to voice for Jam 2, Baby G, John John and the great King Jammy. Special thanks to Uncle Mike, the engineer who worked with me every day and Devon Henry. That was a big inspiration for me.” King Jammy then released the single ‘Inna Mi Yard’ on The Taxi Rhythm which was premiered and played on radio in Jamaica.
Since January of 2008 – present, Demo has toured/ worked throughout Europe and the world with the likes of Jacky Murda of Chopstick Dubplate to Kishinev, Moldova, Kiev, Ukraine, Yekaterinburg , Lithuania, Ireland, Moscow, Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Belgium and throughout the UK. Demo has worked with other artists’ such as; Ras Cowboy Ranger, Jigih Paul aka Talarance, Daddy Freddy, Top Cat, DJ Vadim, Jah Mason, Echo Minott, MC JD, Marcus Visionary, Capital J, Rebel MC and The Congo Natty family, DJ Psychofreud, Vikings Champion Sound, Fireclath Sound – Def Ill out of Austria, London R&B Artist Chyna Soulstar, DJ Souljah, Terry T from Knowledge and Wisdom, DJ Aries, DJ Tuffist, DJ Cab from France, Boy Better Know- Frisco MC & BLive, Taurrus Riley, Mikey General, Don Dem , Yami Bolo, Mikey Dangerous, General TK, Terry Ganzie, Johnny Osbourne, Bunny General, Sangshan, Jah Cube, Joseph Cotton, Ja Melody, Andrae Melody Palmer, Serial Killers, Vibronics, Benny Page, Krinjah, Kassandra Fox, and many more in countries such as: Austria, Germany, Italy, Trinidad W.I, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Africa – Sierra Leone, Gambia, Canada – Toronto, All Over Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Poland, Romania, Holland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Lithuania, Russia, Moldova, USA – Connecticut, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Brighton, Suffolk, and London, UK.“I’m always working on my music, whether I’m visiting my family, on vacation or on tour. It doesn’t matter, I take my entire studio with me, so I can voice and build tunes, and I have about four hundred tunes. I make music every day, apart from being a father…this is my full time job.”- Ras Demo
In February of 2010, Demolition Man filmed his video for his smash hit single ‘Jungle Buss Me’ which was produced by Potential Bad Boy and the single was released by the legendary Jungle label, 3rd Eye Records in the UK. Demolition Man then filmed a video for a track in Toronto Canada that he recorded called, ‘Mr. Beer’ for Hifana Connect, a major label and crew in Tokyo, Japan. The video is set to be aired on major television stations in Japan and throughout the worldwide web. Demo explains, “It’s important for me to reach people all over the world with my music. I loved Japan, my experience there was amazing and the people there really embraced me. It was blessed.”In 2011- 12 Demolition Man joined the musical family of the legendary Peckings Brothers of London. He recorded 47 tracks on authentic Studio One and Treasure Isle Rhythms and tracks that have been released include the smash hit “Make You Rock”, “No Slackness” and “Since I Found You”, a collab wit Taurrus Riley in 2012. Demo says, "It gives me great pride to record on authentic Studio One Riddims, it’s a dream come true for me. I grew up listening to this music.” “Make You Rock” kept its spot on the CHOICE FM charts (Natty B’s Radio Show ) for an entire 13 weeks straight. The response from the international Reggae community has been amazing. Demo says, “There are a lot of great things to look out for with Ras Demo and Peckings!” These tunes have since gained Demo serious recognition in the Reggae community in Britain and in 2012 he was nominated for a British Reggae Industry Award in the category for Best British MC.
Two thousand and twelve was a productive year for Ras Demo. In December, he was invited to perform on one of the most renowned Reggae shows, STING which is held on Boxing Day every year in Kingston, Jamaica. This is what Demo refers to as his “musical test”. The response at STING gave Ras Demo the indication that Jamaica had embraced his music and he had passed his test and upon his return to Toronto every well known reggae radio show was playing Ras Demo and giving Inna Mi Yard Productions its proper recognition.
In April 2013 he was recognized as Best Male Breakthrough Artist 2012-13 in Toronto, Canada by Sandra Bashment at her Community Appreciation Awards. Building Inna Mi Yard Productions has been Ras Demo’s focus; his independent run label exudes a serious work ethic and a distinct level of professionalism and production of quality music. In 2012-13 Artists such as the Queen of Reggae herself Marcia Griffiths, Echo Minott, Erup and Jah Mason, Yami Bolo and many more professional recording artists have worked at Inna Mi Yard Studio just to name a few.
Now widely known for his ‘fast tongue, motor mouth’ style of spitting lyrics, he is also known for his massive Jungle tune ‘Fire’. Dubbed by many as; one of the key Jungle anthems of all time. Demolition Man’s music has been around for more than two decades and his passion for the creation of music is everlasting. Whether it is at a peace concert, rave, stage show, charity event or at the studio his creativity, focus and determination can be seen, felt and heard.
Never forgetting where he came from, Demolition Man continues to make a lasting impression in the minds’ and hearts’ of true music lovers’ on an international scale. Music truly gives one the opportunity to spread positive messages and can break down barriers and eliminate negativity. “Demolition Man is here to demolish all evil things. I try to sing tunes that can teach the youths and show them a better way.”
Look out for forthcoming releases and collaborations with Mikey Dangerous, Echo Minott, Johnny Osbourne, Joseph Cotton, Jah Mason, Mikey General, Don Skilarchi, Jaheem Rich for INNA MI YARD PRODUCTIONS, Demo’s independent label featuring various International artists. “Mi voice all mi tune Inna Mi Yard, that’s where I get the inspiration Inna Mi Yard, so mi call mi label Inna Mi Yard Productions! Look out for mi I’m ready to launch de musical attack! “Everyone has a purpose in life and Ras Demo better known as Demolition Man knows that his destiny is to make music. Of all love affairs, this is surely one that will last forever. Nothing can out this lyrical fire!
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