Music helping Discovar’s patience | Entertainment
An 18-month incarceration starting in 2014, a failed business five years after that, and the death of his mother to cancer six months ago have all taught Oneil Taylor the true meaning of faith and patience. But nothing has been more of a teacher to this week’s STAR on the Rise than the business of music.
“I thought my big break would have happened from 2018. That’s the year I released my debut single, Umbeh, which was on an Afrobeat rhythm but had a dancehall flow,” he said. “Unfortunately, with business, an investment doesn’t always turn around so quickly. I learnt that from many ventures and music, specifically, is helping me to develop that patience needed, to understand what it means to be patient in the same way my incarceration did.”
Taylor, who branded himself as Discovar, said that becoming a reggae-dancehall fusion recording artiste in Newburgh, New York, was a journey of self-discovery and he recognised soon enough that it would require more than just writing and producing good music.
“It demanded all my focus and at the time, I was driving trucks (which kept him on the road a lot). Plus I had a Caribbean-style restaurant business and I am also a father,” Discovar shared. “A hiatus from recording was necessary to find a balance with everything else, especially where I had invested my money.”
Originally from Yallahs, St Thomas, Discovar was raised by both parents along with five siblings. He described himself as “the self-conscious, bad child that grew up in a family that produced accountants and professors.”
Discovar said “You’re talking to a born businessman, enuh. It started in car sales in Jamaica before I left for the US in 2010. Just that things happen in life.”
He was passionate about being a restaurateur because “I could share food I loved, from back home in Jamaica. Not only that, it was a cultural melting pot for events.”
The restaurant’s doors closed officially in 2019. Then when his mother passed, Discovar said that he started taking the music business seriously.
“Before my mom died, she spoke to me about my doing music basically giving me her approval and I believe I am honouring her by following my dream also by avoiding violent lyrics,” he said. “Dancehall listeners are not going to get those types of songs from me. I mostly sing about the reality of life and deliver lyrics for the ladies, songs like First Night and Fake Love, those that speak about my own experiences.”
Recently BBC 1Xtra’s radio presenter and popular producer Seani B featured Fake Love on his Spotlight Sessions Download and Delete, where the song was declared a ‘must-download’.
“If I wasn’t patient, I wouldn’t have received this opportunity and I am happy I did, because at the end of the showcase, the DJ decides if the song is worth anything. Mine was downloaded and not deleted,” Discovar said.