Producer Steven 'Di Genius' McGregor forging forth with force


By Kaylia Williams

Stephenmcgregor.jpgAt the young age of seventeen, Stephen McGregor was defined by the music industry and the media as 'Di Genius' and is now dubbed as one of the greatest producers. A son of one of the greatest reggae icons, Freddie McGregor, Stephen wrote his first song at age five while attending Vaz Preparatory entitled School Don Rule. The song, which was about staying in school received airplay both locally and internationally in 1995.

At the age of ten Stephen began to take his music more seriously by going to the studio with his father, who he emulates, as well as by watching the masters around him. He mastered five instruments; the drum, bass, violin, piano and the guitar, and completed his first production Dutch Master, featuring the likes of Fambo, Natural Black and Da'Ville. Since the Dutch Master, Di Genius continued with a positive vibe, making him one of the top producers in Jamaica.

While still attending Ardenne High School, Stephen kept working at his music and released the hard hitting Cartoon Riddim at the tender age of fourteen. This brought his career and Big Ship onto the high seas, as the rhythm sailed through the different airwaves daily.

Since then, Stephen has shown his competence as a producer over and over again. YardFlex asked Di Genius how he manages to vibe these hard hitting beats and produce unifying sounds. He explained that the vibe came naturally not only from his surroundings but also from the feeling within him at the time. Recently he has received an award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Music and his Red Bull and Guinness Riddim entered the Billboard Charts with the Mavado hit Weh dem a Do. Locally he has already released two rhythms for the summer Dark Again and Party Time and boasts of more to come.