From the humble streets of Trelawny to the rigid livity of several inner city communities, to variousplaces around the world, for the artiste ‘Darrio’, music has always been the driver.
Born in Deeside Trelawny to parents with heavy musical background, Darrio moved to Kingston at the age of 7, bouncing around inner city several areas such as Franklyn town, Allman town, Red hills and Bull bay until he finally settled in Harbour view. With music in his veins, Darrio was always in the mix at concerts, socials fetes and parties throughout his school days at Franklyn town primary and Clan Carthy high. But it was his participation in community events and national competitions that led him to choose music as a profession.
Darrio, naturally a skilled and witty performer, and under the guidance of then manager Dj. Billy, won over crowds all across Jamaica in various competitions such as Guinness Undisputed and Sting Star-maker. Success in these competitions led to his first opportunity to perform on a major stage show at Sting 05. But circumstances beyond his control led to an abrupt pause in his musical career, shifting his focus on maintaining his 9 to 5 job. Close friend, mentor and veteran dj Pappa Biggy introduced Darrio to Richard Burt of Nocturnal Productions. Darrios’ charisma and passion for musical success sparked Mr. Burt’s interest in the budding star and began to seek professional recording sessions, stage shows, interviews and other medium to expose Darrio to the public. With this exposure Darrio recorded and released his first official track titled “SHUB OUT” a more conscious vibe Darrio’s hard work began to pay off as he attained many hit singles along his journey including “DO DI TING” on the Go-Go club riddim “HOOKED ON YOU” produced by Ricky G for Vertex productions, both collaborations with Konshens, and a street friendly, hard hitting lyrical song on the sanction riddim titled ‘TOUCH DI ROAD’
2010 proved to be productive for the hardworking artist as his popularity grew locally, across the rest of the Caribbean, Asia and Europe; Performing in islands such as Barbados, Trinidad, St.Vincent, Antigua and Cayman to name a few. He also completed two successful tours this past summer, a Japan tour in June where he performed in cities such as Osaka, Kanagawa and Shibuya, followed by a European tour where he performed in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria to name a few.
Darrio music and ever charismatic character propelled him to popularity across the African Continent, with performances in Kenya in 2011 and Uganda couple months later, where his stellar performance was well accpeted and appreciated by his fans at both concerts. He further went on to his first performance as event headliner on April 23, 2011 in San Pedro, Belize; with a follow up being the headline act for a popular concerty in Corozal City, Belize in Apri 2013.
Darrio continued to strive for musical success by attaining even more hits to his catalogue of songs including ‘School Fee ‘Gyal Siddung’ ft.Konshens, and ‘Girly Girly’, fed up, hurry up which put Darrio on a different level world wide in reggae music Darrio is currently receiving heavy radio rotation locally and across the continents earning him the much desired and deserved buzz and popularity on the radio and in the streets.
Armed with lyrical versatility and charisma that leaves a mark wherever he goes, Darrio is prepared to take on the challenges that he will face on the rest of his musical journey.