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Independent Dancehall Artist Jay Bankz Riding High Off With "Successful Summer"
Caribbean upstart makes his mark on the music industry in a big way
Jason Daniels aka Jay Bankz was born and raised in Jamaica, he spent his formative years in St. Catherine and later Spanish Town, in which he credits as shaping him into the man he is today. 2010 he was afforded the opportunity to immigrate to The United States and further his education in the engineering field. Bankz Settled in New York City and started to record extensively, recording demos and honing his craft and released his first official single "Inna Di Video" in 2014 an achieved moderate success in dancehall circles.
"Inna di Video" produced by junior Dancehall/Reggae producers Anthony Records and distributed by 21st Hapilos Entertainment. With "Inna Di Video" Bankz, forced the people both fans and fellow musicians to take notice in the young man's talent and versatility which would be on prominent display with his subsequent offerings.
Jay Bankz Followed up his debut in 2014 with the singles, "Tightest Boom Boom"; an up-tempo club banger and "One Love" an impressive reggae ballad discussing the many forms and shapes love can manifest. Distributed by Star Status Records, "One Love" was produced by Abstract Records a production team from Malawi Africa & Kenyan Far East Empires.
With three legit singles under his belt, Jay Bankz continued writing, producing and performing throughout the East Coast region of the United States, while keep in close contact with friends and family back home, knowing full well the struggle they endure on a daily basis while at the same living in the richest nation on Earth and witnessing parallel plights and began to craft a song that speaks to these issues on a global level.
"When I talk about changing the system, I'm talking about re-instating community development programs for the youth, Most, if not all of the programs are no longer being promoted to get the youths involved," he said.
What Jay Bankz is referring to is Jamaica's National Youth Service initiative championed by then prime minster Michael Manely during the 1970's which began to be dismantled and ultimately rolled back completely during the 1980's as the global priorities of most nations began to shift away from social programs and place limits on government guaranteed job subsides. In Bankz view this shift is has been detrimental to young people across the world.
While "Success' began circulating through the dancehall and Caribbean music network, Bankz was recommended by veteran music producer and executive Sean "Due" Lashley of Up Top Click Entertainment to appear on a remix of Caribbean pop record by a bubbling singer Nyasia Chane'l.
L&B Consultation's Jayson "J-Didda" Butler was looking for a talented deejay to appear on the record and reached out to Lashley for his opinion on who he felt would fit best with the sultry sounds of the young starlet. He immediately thought of Jay Bankz and the rest as they say was history.
In June "Do it like that" Remix was recorded and the two began performing together in various venues in New York City and then on July 29, 2018, DJ Norie debuted the remix on Power 105.1 and the song is fast becoming a hit, receiving nearly 10,000 streams across multiple platforms in less than two weeks.
Jay Bankz is a talented artist with a promising future and is one to watch in the coming months.