Reggae artist Chris Delana Smith aka Dilly Chris is a singer/songwriter from St Andrew, Jamaica. At an early the youngster began writing his own lyrics to songs he sang at the community competitions held for the youths in the parish.
After winning most of the competitions Chris started having hopes of becoming an artist. The young dreamer officially became “Dilly Chris” the dreamy reggae artist.
CEM chatted with Dilly Chris about his musical inspirations, and the art of songwriting.
CEM: When did you get your first break into the music business?
DC: In 2010
CEM: What were some of the challenges you encountered?
DC: Getting the right people to work with, getting my songs out to the public and getting the right team together
CEM: What artists did you listen to when you were growing up and what about them that appealed to you?
DC: Terror Fabulous because of his voice, how he rode the beats and his lyrical content. Also Bounty Killa mainly because of his lyrical content.
CEM: Where do you draw inspiration from when you are writing a song?
DC: I am mostly led by the beat before even writing a song. The beat usually leads me as to what kind of lyrics is needed.
CEM: What kind of message you want to tell with your songs?
DC: I have a few inspirational songs but I mostly sing for the ladies, not only because sex sells but because of my image as well.
CEM: You recently did collaboration with Belizean singer Tanya Carter, how was that?
DC: It was an awesome experience. She is totally down to earth and made working with her so easy.
CEM: Is there anyone you are hoping to collaborate in the future?
DC: The Jamaican Artist would definitely be Lady Saw and Movado, on the international scene it would be Drake, Chris Brown and Usher.
CEM: What do you think about the internet as a tool for promoting yourself & your music?
DC: It is an effective tool if used in the correct way as most people are on the internet now.
CEM: What would you be doing if you weren't making music?
DC: I have been a barber my entire adult life and would continue doing it.
CEM: What are your plans & hopes for the future with regard to your music?
DC: I see myself becoming an international artist and touring the world. For me the sky is the limit.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us here at CEM!