The wise proverb stating "nothing happens before
its time" easily lends itself to the career struggles
and successes of Jamaican artist KC Jockey.
thirteen years of working in New York City's Reggae
sound system circuit, KC Jockey is ready to shine
with his new release entitled The Gal Dem Jockey on
June 8, 2004. NYC's Reggae circuit has spawned the
careers of such Dancehall Reggae luminaries as Shelly
Thunder, Shinehead, and the multi-platinum selling
KC Jockey experienced his greatest success
in 2003 with several hits singles including the remix
of "Beware of the Boys" featuring Jay Z
and Punjabi MC and" Diggy Diggy" a combination
with Elephant man released on KC's own label Sweet
Born Karl-Marx Fernandez Waite on November 30 in
Kingston, Jamaica, KC Jockey migrated with his family
to Brooklyn, New York in 1978 where he has been honing
his deejay craft since childhood.
The godson of the
renowned Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw and veteran
Reggae artists Marcia Griffiths and Bob Andy, Karl
was nicknamed KC because his father was a football
and track and field coach at Kingston Collage (KC)
and Jockey because of his superb "riddim"
KC, assisted by his Juniour High school
cohort MC Lyte, first experience the thrill of performing
as the duo would entertain their classmates with comedy,
skits and especially with their rhyming skills. But
the lunchroom at Brooklyn's Somers Junior High School
wasn't a big enough venue for the precociously talented
KC who quickly made the transition to deejaying with
various New York area sound systems including Third
World High Power, Star Tone, Black Music, Stereo Pride,
Mini Mart and Terrorist High Power. KC says, "Every
time I'd come from school on a Friday, if I had a
show on the sound system on Friday or Saturday night,
I would pack my bag and literally run away from home
to do my music. My father was very strict, he is a
book knowledge type of guy, a doctor plus a professor
at a soft heart and she would let me go. "KC
continues," I was one of the youngest entertainers
back in them time so the opportunity was there for
me to get a little bit of shine."
Before long KC began recording for a variety of New
York are Reggae producers. His earliest single include
"Ah Na Mi Boopsie" released on the Stereo
Pride label( at the height of the "boops"
craze started by Super cat's wildly popular single
"Si Boops Deh") and "Don't Gimmie No
Crack" produced by Witty of Music Masters. KC
hit single "Confused" (produced by Chuck
B) climbed the Reggae charts in the early 90s providing
the hopeful artist with opportunities for radio interviews
and stage show/sound system gigs throughout the greater
New York dancehall scene.
KC was also featured on
the Satellite Lovers cover of BOB Marley's "Waiting
in Vain" for Japan's Tachyon Records and he recorded
the hit "jockey Ride" for New York based
producer Sidney Mills of Living Room Records.
On his recordings and in live performances KC's animated
mischievously appealing persona shines through, winning
him many loyal fans throughout the New York area.
KC says of his music," Some of the things I am
starting to write about are things that happened.
Experience is the key and when somebody hears your
music and says that happened to me before, that's
the kind of song that lasts forever, instead of the
imaginary stuff which can only lasts so long"
A pivotal moment in KC's life was the passing of
his beloved mother Sadie in 1997. Sadie had returned
home to Jamaica to bury her mother and while driving
from the church service to the cemetery, she was killed
in a car accident. After that devastating event, KC
realized life is too short to procrastinate in achieving
one's goals so he concentrated on building his career
to Sadies Production in loving tribute to his mother.
In addition to the tremendous strides KC has made
as a recording label CEO, this has been a break-through
year for KC's distinctive Dancehall flavor on the
remix of "Beware of the Boys" in Combination
with hip hop superstar Jay Z and Asian rapper Punabi
MC help the song become one of the most requested
radio records of the year. "Beware of the Boys"
reached # 14 on the rhythm charts, #35 on the urban
charts and broke the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100,
eliciting a deluge of record company offers; currently
Atlantic, Universal and Warner Brothers are each discussing
possible recording deals with KC.
KC's performance schedule has become quite hectic;
appearing alongside Elephant Man, Beenie Man and Bounty
Killer, he recently gave a dynamic performance at
New Yorks' Reggae Carifest, the largest one day Reggae
show on the East coast. He has performed a solo concert
in St. Thomas Virgin Island, appearing in Florida
with singer Ginuwine and alongside 50 Cent, L'il Kim,
Busta Rhymes and Fabulous for the sell out " Hot Night X" concert at the Dunkin Donuts arena
in Providence, Rhode Island. "They didn't believe
the outcome of me performing onstage there, KC smiles."
There were over 35,000 people, I was the 5th
act before Fabulous.
Another milestone in KC's career will be his triumphant
return to Jamaica in July for a performance at Reggae
Sumfest, Jamaica's largest Reggae festival, held in
Montego Bay. This will be KC's first performance in
Jamaica and first return trip since the late 80's
to his birthplace, the country that has given him
his primary musical inspiration. The years of struggles,
hard work and dedication to his deejay craft are now
Major success but for KC Jockey, it all gets back
to that wise old saying. " When its your time,
its your time," KC philosophizes," You could
be in a little box house by your self and write a
song or have somebody write it for you and you do
it and blow up. You just gotta want it; if you don't
want it, your gonna receive it. You got pay dues,
I done paid my dues, I been through a whole lot, ups,
downs, promissory notes, jokes, my mother passing
away, a bunch of obstacles. Nothing happens before
the time or after the time but now is the time, slowly
but surly and I am going to try and hold onto it throughout
my life until its time to kick the bucket. Because
this is what I love, this what I want to do."