THE GUESTLIST NETWORK | MAY 2010
His number 1 single Reply got slammed into our ears and was quickly on loop in our heads. On June the 7th he releases the cleverly named album Reply, so we decided to get in his head and find out what makes him tick.
First of all where the hell does your name come from?
Well, my grandfather’s name was Iyaz and it means ‘boss’, or ‘the big one’. They would call me mini Iyaz when i was younger, im not young anymore so now you got Iyaz!
Your rise to fame has been pretty speedy, Kingston got in touch with you only two years ago and you got to UK number !1 almost out of nowhere, how does it feel?
It feels amazing! It really is a dream come true. It’s something I’ve always dreamt about. It’s so great that the success isn’t just in the US. It’s amazing that other countries are into my music as much as my home country. It’s just so crazy. I can’t thank the fans worldwide enough for their sup- port.
Had you been to the UK before you made it to number 1?
I hadn’t! It was great though, a lotta work, but great you know.
What do you think of London then, the girls were going crazy for you in Faces when we saw
I loved it! They really know how to party there. I mean great clubs and the people are cool. The trip was crazy but a real experience. I’m looking forward to going back in April. Hopefully, a little warmer this time around. (laughs)
You and Kingston have turned out to be pretty close but still no major collaboration, are you working on anything?
Well, we have actually. There may even be a track on the album featuring Sean as well as Nipsey Hussle and some others.
would be awesome to get them on my record.
Your parents were both in- volved a lot with music but are there any other musicians that helped inspire you? – who are your favorites? ...
looked like that would be that cool. But you know, I love all the girls no matter what.
How long have you been sing- ing for?
As long as I can remember. My whole family is involved in music you know. My mom is a singer, my older sister is a singer, my younger sister is a singer too! I’ve always been singing and rapping. It’s like I just mumble melodies in my head until I work out the lyrics after. It comes really naturally.
Sean and I are really close and looking to work together more in the future.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world who would it be?
Green Day! I love Green Day. 21 Guns! Boulevard of Broken Dreams! We are on the same la- bel to Warner Bros Records, so hopefully when i get off the road it
I don’t think a showbiz girl that
Yes, Bob Marley definitely played a big roll along with Kirk Franklyn and a lot of others that I grew up listening to.
Obviously with the success you’ve had you must be very busy, do you miss island life?
Yes and no. I miss my mom of course and the laid back lifestyle, but I would also say no because I’ve been there all my life. Now I
live in Fort Lauderdale, FL now and spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else other than Florida really.
Did you always want to be a musician?
Yeah, always. I remember growing up with music and always wanting to be in music. Me and my friends would always get together and put together some tracks and it was always what I wanted to do in the future.
If you weren’t a superstar what do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be back in the Islands or some- thing and just finishing up school. I was studying digital recording arts and video productions when I got signed. I only have one more se- mester to go so will probably finish that at some time.
Have you had any favorite mo- ments of the last few years?
I was part of the ‘We Are The World’ part 2 that was just record- ed a couple weeks ago. I was in the same room with Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand,
Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and a bunch of other legends. It was so amazing to be in the same room as all these other artists that I really ad- mire. It was a real life achievement to be apart of that.
Do you have big plans for 2010? Are we likely to see Iyaz in the UK?
No1 spot again? I do have big plans! My album will be coming out in April looking forward to that. It’s a high energy, island pop, upbeat al- bum. Every track is a little bit of me. My next single ‘Solo’ is coming out in April and will be a smash follow up to ‘Replay’. Watch it!
Which are better the girls of showbiz or island girls?
Island girls! They are just more chill and down to earth. Showbiz girls are great too but I prefer the chill ones. Even you know, the girl from my video for ‘Re- play’? She is from Panama,and… she was like the nicest girl ever! I don’t think a showbiz girl that looked like that would be that cool. But you know, I love all the girls no matter what.
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