Harlesden singer, dancer and all round entertainer Rymza talks to the Times
The godson of Gregory Isaacs is getting ready to launch his first single
Rymza is flushed with excitement as I meet him on a dark and rainy afternoon in for a coffee in Willesden.
He has come straight from his studio in West London, where he has been working on the final beats of his debut single, I Rock.
“My producer got some of the beats wrong, so I’ve been working on that all day”, he explains.
“It is a rock record with an urban twist. It is showing a different side to what I normally do – I wanted to do something a bit different to catch people’s attention.
“It sounds great now, I’m really excited.”
Rymza, whose real name is Oshane Orlando Beach, is busy working on his debut album, which he describes as ‘urban, jazz, blues and funk. I like to cross a lot of genres together’.
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This fusion of styles owes something to his musical tastes, which are equally eclectic – he lists Sam Cooke, Amy Winehouse, Tupak Shakur and Biggie Smalls as his inspirations.
But while mastering such a variety of styles may seem like a tall order, Rymza’s self confidence is infectious.
“I am a born entertainer. There is no one else like me out there at the moment – you can’t put me in any one musical category, and that is what makes me so special.”
He certainly has a rich musical pedigree.
His godfather is the Jamaican reggae star Gregory Isaacs, and his father and brother are both DJs well known in the Leeds nightclub scene.
Growing up, the 20-year-old split his time between his mum’s home in Harlesden, and his dad’s in the North, and he remembers both homes as always being filled with music.
Rymza earned his stripes by performing in talent shows as a teenager, and later trained with Bang Radio, a Harlesden based radio station which trains young people in music production.
He said: “I always knew I was creative but it took me a while to realise that I wanted to pursue music professionally. It was my time at Bang and at music college which really switched me on and made me realise my own potential.”
While Rymza is still unsigned, he is busy making inroads into the music industry. He has been gigging across London, is shooting the video for his first single next month and is bringing his album out later this year.
He reaches for a swig of his cappuccino, and then looks at me, and says: “I am just really, really excited about what I’m doing and where my music can take me. I think I can really take it down.”
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