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  • Writer's pictureRomaine Brown

Hard work reaps success: Byron Messia’s breakthrough

Updated: May 31, 2023

The fast-rising artiste is making the headlines. With his hit single, "Talibans" already viral, he creates his own path in the dancehall industry

Byron Messia, continues to evolve (Wallo Productions)

As the local music industry continues to expand with the rise of new singjays and deejays, several new rising stars are making their way onto the scene from overseas. However, in this case, it's not completely from overseas.

Byron Messia is one such example of the impact of dancehall on other Caribbean countries. Born in Jamaica but resides currently in St Kitts and Nevis since he was a child, Messia is among a growing movement of dancehall artistes in the Federation.

Messia gained initial recognition in the dancehall world with his single, "Toxic", which was released 2 years ago, but since his signing with ZZtekk Records by his fellow Trinidadian artiste, Prince Swanny, is where he started garnering increased attention.

Byron Messia alongside Valiant on the Wi Fete stage (Tori Harding)

Byron Messia, whose given name is Dylan Byron, renewed his focus and with the release of his debut album titled, "No Love" In January, he has since been creating a buzz on the airwaves and certainly on all the relevant social media platforms.

His intensive work ethics, presence at multiple studios and working with some notable producers such as Franc White from Zimi Records, Dynasty Records, DJ Mac, 47ondabeat, Extol Music Sponge Music, and unreleased songs with Slingerz Records, while recording collaborations with dancehall leading acts such as Jahshii, Govana, Rytikal and also Jada Kingdom have propelled him greatly.

Messia has been consistently releasing top-notch content from his album as well as other solo projects, but undoubtedly his most successful song to date is the smash hit record; "Talibans". The song quickly racked up to 20 Million views on Youtube and is currently in strong rotation on the airwaves both locally and overseas. Along with gaining overseas momentum through plays on commercial radio stations such as Hot97 & 99Jamz, the song has been seen in a recent viral video from New York.

His catchy and infectious songs are now rapidly gaining popularity across all the Caribbean countries and his obvious ties to Jamaica led to him recently visiting the island for promotional stints. He performed during Carnival Week alongside current front-runner Valiant at "Wi Fete" and was spotted at several other events. He also used the opportunity to link up with popular local producer, DJ Mac and recorded several new singles while he was on the island.

His recent exploits across the Caribbean is further evident as he also recently performed in Barbados and sources say he will also be going to Guyana very soon, as well as having a confirmed booking for St. Kitts Music Festival alongside Valiant, Chronixx, and rock duo, Air Supply.

Byron Messia is clearly creating his own path in the current dancehall industry with hopes to continue to develop in the space while stamping his own legacy.

Byron, stamping his own legacy (Tori Harding)


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