This week we’re crushing on Yoza.
Hailing from New York by way of Jamaica and Canada, Toronto based artist Melodic Yoza has basically invented a new genre of music that is entirely his own. Inspired by all the places he’s called home, Melodic Yoza seamlessly blends elements of reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, jazz and pop into a personal formula that effortlessly takes old school sounds into to the modern age.
Spinning from a 25 cent jukebox at his local Jamaican bar, Melodic Yoza first began crafting his musical skills at an early age. The young artist would perform streetside with a microphone supported by a small sound system through shop counter windows. His self-developed singing style evolved with these nightly street ciphers alongside different friends under the light posts. After moving to Toronto and then New York in his teens, Melodic Yoza quickly gained recognition for consistently adding his signature spice to the booming reggae and hip-hop music scene. He’s opened for some of the biggest artists including rap legend Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Third World, BushMan, Scarface, Buju Banton, Salt & Pepper, Shabba Ranks, Tiger, Gyptian and Mad Professor. He’s also performed in New York City’s most recognized venues including B.B. KING CBGB’s, Le Bar Bat, and S.O.B’s as well as Yonge and Dundas Square, Nathan Phillip Square Opera House Revival and more in Toronto.
Throughout his career, Melodic Yoza’s music has been featured on major productions such as MTV’s Jersey Shore, On The Ice, and CBC’s Kim’s Convenience. His music has also been shared in numerous national music magazines including Maxim’s Blender, Stuff, Vibe, Frank 151 and Jamaica Observer. Check out his latest track,”Hey Yoz” and you’ll see what all the fuss is about:
A talent meant to be watched, we’re excited to see where Yoza’s career takes him next. Until then, get to crushing on him along with us!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
I definitely notice whether she holds confidence in her walk and talk. Not to mention, the eyes, smile and a great attitude are things I all notice, too.
What is your definition of romance?
Romance to me involves someone who can stir up my passionate nature in an instant, and can make me feel Yozamazing!
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Definitely someone who can’t be themselves.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Do anything you can to keep the love alive, it takes more effort than an “I love you” or a couple of roses. It’s an effort than must be maintained at all times.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Live for yourself, you’ll live in vain. Live for others, you’ll live again.