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Mr. Easy
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2000-01-18
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Ian Dyer was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the Parish of Trelawney and later moved to Brooklyn. A friend, Barry Dread, gave him the nickname of Mr. Easy while residing in New York due to his singing style and laid back personality.

Singing is nothing new to Mr. Easy. He began singing from around the age of 10 years old while attending High School in Brooklyn. He joined forces with his cousins and friends and they formed a group. They used to practice regularly after school. He cites his influences as Beres Hammond and Danny Hathaway due to their "nice vocal skills and good writing."

Mr. Easy started out singing on sound systems in Brooklyn including General High Power, Downbeat and Ruler and he has also worked with the English based Saxon sound. Most dancehall acts develop their talent in this way for the big stage.

When asked how he got his break he said, "I used to sing at the Apollo Theatre uptown in Harlem. I was the first reggae act to do Showtime at the Apollo." This opened the door to an appearance on the TV based Showtime at the Apollo and from there he was signed to Qwest Records, which is owned by Quincy Jones and distributed by the Warner Brothers label. His first album attempt for Qwest Records was a R'n'B/reggae offering and in Mr. Easy's own words he said "it didn't come across well because they didn't understand my music." Mr. Easy was tied in on a contract to complete a second album but prior to the album release he was released from the label and unfortunately the second album was never to hit the streets.

At the time, two of Jamaica's producers were working on his second album, namely Dave Kelly and Mikey Bennett. Dave Kelly had said to Mr. Easy if he ever got released from the record label then he should go to Jamaica. On his release, he took Dave Kelly's advice.

Mr. Easy's music is aimed at all different generations and he has an album, which he did with Beres Hammond, that is on a lovers rock vibe. Lately he has been in the spotlight for his dancehall contributions and he has the R'n'B album released by Qwest.

He has performed in the UK, Japan, Antigua, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and he says he found Japan the most interesting because he was shocked by how much the people really enjoyed his music. One of his wishes is get to visit countries in Europe, including Greece, Paris and Italy.

Mr. Easy is part of the successful Alias Project which consists of Babycham, Frisco Kid, Wayne Wonder and more recently Chico and headed by the ace producer Dave Kelly. Prior to being part of the Alias Project he was a member of the New York based Rough Entry Crew along with Shaggy, Red Fox, Squeechie Dan and Bajja Jedd.

Mr. Easy has a number of hits to his name including 'Real Thing,' 'Warning' and 'Murder.'

His spare time is spent with his daughter (and at the time of the interview he had another child on the way) and listening to oldies and sounds like Downbeat and Afrique.

Look out for Mr. Easy's work in the future and be assured that you will not be disappointed by the man that is 'Easy' not only by name but by nature.

The booking details for Mr. Easy are via Brenda Hamilton of the Xtra Large Agency based in Jamaica on 754 8006.


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