One thingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for sure: years from now Romain Virgo wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be worrying that he left things unsaid. As he tells it, a good number of his songs have been autobiographical Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, released last summer, is filled with emotionally charged songs he wrote or co-wrote over the past couple years, a period no doubt filled with relationships, admiration from local and international fans and his observations of the standard of living in Jamaica and elsewhere.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Most of the songs I write come from a personal place. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a personal thing,Ã¢â‚¬Â he tellsTALLAWAHÃ‚ of his popular hits coated in reggae-soul and pop-dancehall confection. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always write about what I see or what I am going through. It is easier to write something that feels real and comes from a personal place.Ã¢â‚¬Â And the formula that Virgo applies to even his encounters with attractive members of the opposite sex. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even today I met a girl, and the first thing that came to my mind was writing a song about the experience.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, keeping both himself and his art honest has played a significant role in his ongoing evolution as a young man and his creative growth as an artiste. Part of the credit, he admits, belongs to those contemporaries in reggae and dancehall who dually inspire and challenge him for the better. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been around other artistes, like Busy Signal, D Major and Brown Suga, who have creative minds and definitely a similar style to mine and it encourages me to lift my game,Ã¢â‚¬Â Virgo says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I like to surround myself with people who are serious and who bring substance to the music, and also producers who are influential and make good music,Ã¢â‚¬Â he adds, while giving kudos to other young go-getters like Nicholas Browne (son of producer Danny Browne), who penned VirgoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest hit,Ã‚ Rich In Love.
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