Meet our Artist of the Month
Every month we will feature a local artist, providing not only their background on who they really are and what they do but also giving you access to their past and present music.
We here at The Signal 284, salute our local artists and will always promote their accomplishments, and feature their music.
This month we pause and pay respect to none other than BVI's superstar
Here is what he had to say when he met with The Signal 284.
Contact him on Facebook.
I, Jason Frett, the artist known as I’Ritical was born on the beautiful island of Tortola, the British Virgin Islands in 1982. I come from a musical family; son to guitarist Attley Frett and Ann Warner. In fact, my entire family on my father's side is musical with all my uncles being musicians, so it’s fair to say that I’ve not only been born into music but music is within me, it’s in my blood. I not only sing, but I play both the piano and the bass.
At the age of 18, I started to write songs, but to be honest, poetry was always a part of me. In fact, I won the Inter-Primary School Competition representing Francis Lettsome Primary School with a poem; I was 12 at the time.
By 19, when I went into Rastafari liberty, I started writing songs, expressing things I was going through using music. My experiences in relationships or things I saw going on in the world inspired my lyrics. However, please know that love is and will always be the basis of my music. If you truly pay attention, you would notice that there is always a message of love, no matter the song I am singing. This is because love is the strength and moral of the story at the end of the day. That’s who I am, who I will always be.
I first got the opportunity to perform as a new talent in a weekly event hosted by the late Bernard Skelton known as Ras i'nard on Friday nights for new and upcoming artists. I used that platform to showcase my talent.
My first recording was in St. Croix with the song ‘Hail up Jah’ and then I went to Jahphix (K. Titley’s studio) to record four tracks: 'Black Woman', 'No Beauty without Character', 'Teach the Youths About Love' and 'Know Yourself'. This was a compilation CD.
Truth be told, I never dropped an album, but I released a good number of singles. All my music can be found on Soundcloud.
Professionally, I performed in the BVI, USVI, Antigua, and Atlanta. I also sang with Sizzla, Buju, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Capleton, iWayne and I performed with Luciano at the Hemp Fest in Jost Van Dyke.
In my opinion, I am just a conscious musical artist that is versatile - doing any kind of music including Soca. But know that always and forever, love is the basis of my music.
"Love is the basis of all my music"
Have a listen...
Here are popular hits from I'Ritical - click on the name of the song. Please listen and share with others.