AOTW – DELUS
Born Delmark St. Aubyn Spence Jr. in Kingston Jamaica, Delus had a growing passion to fulfill a musical career. Growing up with his father Delmark Spence Sr., his mother Winsome Spence and younger brother Garfield Spence (“Konshens”) he discovered his love for music as his mother’s weekend ritual was to play music loudly while cleaning.
He is influenced by present day and existing musical icons such as Buju Banton, Spragga Benz, and Beres Hammond. However, it was not until after leaving Morant Bay High School that he attempted to embark on understanding this love for music, which was slowly becoming a fire that fueled him. Delus started to hang out at studios, mainly the Youth Man Promotion/Black Roots Studio owned by Lincoln “Sugar” Minott, thus gaining exposure and experience of the studio environment and lifestyle. “I am a highly persistent and progressive individual. Music allows me to write and sing about every aspect of life.”
Delus’s first recording was with his brother, Konshens. The duo recorded under the name Sojah which means “Sons of Jah.” Their first single entitled “Medz Pon Di Corner” on the Cash Flow label, went number one in Japan in 2004, which afforded them the opportunity to tour in Japan. The tour prompted the release of the duos debut album titled “Sons of Jah.” Songs recorded by Sojah included “Mi Mada” and “Segregation” on Cash Flow Label; “Cyaan Draw Wi Out” on the In The Streets Label; “Real Love” on the Vertex Label; “Ratata” on the Open Ear Label.
In 2007, Delus decided to establish his solo career and released singles such as “Nymphomaniac” and “Power” on the Cash Flow Label and “Move” on the Rapid Fire Label. During that time Delus displayed his versatility when he directed and edited music videos for artists such as Bescenta, Warrior King, Tiana and a medley that included artists such as D’Angel, Mr. Peppa, Delly Ranx, Sojah and Spragga Benz.
Additionally, Delus worked on projects such as “Some Gal” on the Outada Riddim by Seanizzle, “Gal or War” for Mr. G’s Young Blood, remixes by D&H (Daddy & Hypa) out of France, with Tracks like “Whatever You Like (Anything U Want)” Remix with Rapper T.I. featuring Delus & Nicole, “Gangsta Remix” with Mavado featuring Delus & Vybz Kartel and “Arab Money” dubbed “Gangsta Money” with Busta Rhymes featuring Delus.
In 2009, the singjay busied himself promoting singles “Gang War,” from the Exile Production Label, along with his latest videos for chart topping singles “True Love,” from Media House Production, “She’s Happy” featuring Konshens, “Heathen Dem Nuh Like Me” from Miguel Music and “Loose Control” on the Substance Riddim from Young Veterans Productions.
In May, 2009, Sojah released its Sophomore Album titled “Modern Revolutions,” at which time the duo went on tour in Europe to promote the album. The album was produced by Irievibrations Crew. The tracks on the album are an eclectic mix of roots, reggae, dancehall, hip hop and pop and feature artists such as Luciano and Iriepathie. Dancehallusa.com writes, “When you talk about a complete album, “Modern Revolution” is a fine example. Each and every song tells its own story but still manages to keep a connection between all the other tracks on the LP.
With new management in tow and a more cohesive plan, 2010 proved to be Delus’ year. The singjay completed a three week promotional tour, which was pushed to six weeks due to demand, in the United States. The tour, which was sponsored by Nuvo, Carol’s Daughter, JAMROCK Magazine, Whereitzat Magazine, Upscale Crowd, Negril Village Restaurant and Link Up Radio, was a concerted effort to broaden Delus’ fan base and increase airplay of his music. During that time Delus released his single “Another Gal” which was well received by radio and fans in Jamaica and abroad. Additionally, Delus released the medley video for “Another Gal” which features his brother, Konshens and fellow recording artists, Darrio and Chris Martin. The popularity of the single afforded Delus the opportunity to travel to Japan on a two week tour.
Although Sojah is still an important part of Delus’s musical resume, his solo career is still the forefront of his journey. 2010 will undoubtedly be a record topping year for Delus, who has written songs for College Boys entitled “God Alone,” “Sanity” for LMR (Love, Money, Respect) Productions, “Mek Dem Sorry” for Subkonshus Music, “Unruly” for Live Up Records, as well as more in the mixing stage. We can also look forward to the upcoming release of brother Konshens’ hit single “Chalis Load,” which he is featured on. Through a distribution deal with Zojak World Wide, Delus released an EP entitled “My Reality” which is available on iTunes and other digital outlets.
For more artist information, please visit www.myspace.com/delussojah. For management, bookings and publicity, please contact Stacey Bethel, Triple 7 Entertainment LLC at 876-475-5841 (Jamaica), 201-981-6960 (USA) or email@example.com.