Saturday, February 10, 2018

From Aidonia To Spice, CJ The Chemist Has The Formula

It's said the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that he has to bet on his own ideas and takes a calculated risk to act on them, and that is exactly what producer extraordinaire CJ The Chemist has done. 

Known for composing some of the most popular singles and working with A-listers such as Aidonia and Spice. CJ, whose given name is Steve Rowe journey to the apex was never an easy feat. After spending his formative years composing rhythms for various production houses such as Heart Of Love, Lion Brothers, Garrison Inc and Vybz Kartel's former road manager the late Patrick Roach. He eventually joined forces with his childhood friend Kevin 'SK' Smith to build their own recording studio in Manley Meadow only to be forced to abort the project soon thereafter because he had to migrate to the U.S.

The migration left him detached from everything he held dear including his music. However, despite the disconnect, he was resolute in achieving his dreams and started to reconnect with his industry peers back in Jamaica notwithstanding the geographic challenges. It was only a matter of time before he secured a placement on Daville's album 'Krazy Love', composing the single 'Deh Pon Mi Mind'. This because the catalyst to start his own record label 'Chemist Records' and his persistence soon led to him recording his first single with Aidonia entitled 'U Alone', an infectious number of the ladies. The song was also featured on the Aidonia's 2015 debut EP 'Project Sweat' which received an honourable mention from Billboard Magazine.

Since then CJ has gone on to work with several noted dancehall acts including Don Andre, Razor B, Chino McGregor, Spice with 'Robot Wine', Govana's 'Melodies' and Vanessa Bling with 'Bare Clown'. Some of his other noteworthy projects include 'Gold' by Shokryme, which was featured in the 2017 Bacardi Rum Major Lazer  Music Liberates campaign, Love Touch and Mad Sitar rhythms.

Set to unveil a number of exciting projects this year the producer says he is looking to attaining even greater success in the foreseeable future. 

"There are no boundaries to the type of music that I create, my style is a mixture of genres combined together that’s why I’m the chemist. 2018 is definitely going to be an interesting year" - he added.