FOCUSED: Kirk Diamond is ready to rock the rest of 2017
IF YOU have watched Kirk Diamond’s show-stopping freestyle on BBC 1Xtra, you would’ve been dazzled by his fresh, lyrical prowess. If you haven’t seen it – never fear! Check out the clip below.
Canada has been home to a number of successful musical artists, many of whom have come to the fore across the last decade; from Drake, The Weeknd and Magic! to Kreesha Turner, Exco Levi and now, Kirk.
Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Kirk migrated to Toronto at the age of 10 and was introduced to music by his father and uncle who were both part of a sound system.
2007 marked the year that he officially infiltrated the industry as a member of a musical group. From there, Kirk continued to hone his craft through countless hours in studio, writing and recording.
During our conversation, it became apparent that Kirk has no fascination with the ‘hype’ elements of stardom. Rather, he’s intensely passionate about his art with a primary desire to share it with the world and be a beacon of light for listeners, far and wide.
He shared: “Music, to me, is like breathing.”
The Canadian has long combined an appetite for success with, what he calls, ‘Spanish Town teachings’.
“Growing up in Spanish Town, you develop certain street wise elements to how you move, how you speak to people and how you handle situations. Even respect for others, particularly elders.
“So the teachings have influenced my grounded approach to all things, including music and how I handle my business affairs.”
In 2015, Kirk was nominated for a highly coveted JUNO award – the Canadian equivalent the Grammys – for his uplifting reggae anthem ‘Love Inna We Heart’.
Moreover, his music has yielded chart positions across numerous countries and the deejay continues to steadily gain popularity across Canada, Jamaica and the UK.
Kirk reflected: “I deejay for lovers of good music around the world.
“I strive for the messages in my music to be as relatable as possible to the listeners. A lot of people don’t come straight with what they have to say.”
The beginning of this year marked a musical rebirth for the artist. Whilst retaining the infectious island vibes which has always underpinned his sound, Kirk made the decision to record more conscious content; an idea which first came about when he took a break from the scene in June 2016 until January 2017.
He explained: “I used to record slack music but it wasn’t really me.
“I feel like if you’re gonna sing about it, you’ve got to be about it.”
Of his sound, Kirk said the following: “I love dancehall. I grew up with dancehall and made my name in dancehall, but my inspirations and my messages are steeped in reggae. I guess you can say that I fuse the two genres and create my own lane, but the man that I have become seeks refuge in reggae “.
On that note, Kirk Diamond is gearing up to release his debut EP ‘Greater’ and has just released its title single.