Music may run in the blood, but in this case it’s rooted soul deep. Made up of Troy Baker and Dale “Dizzle” Virgo, DizTroy is a production group that’s born and bred in Jamaica, and infused with British and American musical influences. UK-based producer Troy and Jamaican sound specialist Dizzle create songs that are rooted in Jamaican sound system culture and accented by various subgenres including hip-hop, EDM, and Brit pop, placing them at the forefront of the emerging electronic music scene. They bring ample amounts of attitude alongside an electric mash-up of music that is as creatively exciting as it is it technically complex. The self-taught duo’s music plays like an addictive flow that delves into EDM-inflected beats, reggae and dancehall infused hooks and a genre-eluding take on electro soul. They claim to draw inspiration from New York’s early hip-hop scene blended with Jamaican dancehall and the British R&B/Pop wave.
DizTroy’s most recent project is a collaboration with emerging ‘soul rebel’ and gifted Jamaica lyricist Ricki Simmond’s on her 11-track LP Salience, an exceptional ‘new soul’ debut that takes the kinds of creative risks that few pop or experimental artists are willing to take. They’re also collaborating with popular hip-hop and dancehall artists, including Assassin, Versatile, and Wayne J, to bring DizTroy’s artful touch to the broader soundwaves.
DizTroy’s debut single “Mystic Strings” video was shot in and around Port Antonio by Kevin Lee and Savannah Baker, capturing the unique vitality and character of one of Jamaica’s best-kept secrets, and featuring dually talented singer and dancer Mystic Davis.
Vice TV, regular visitors to Jamaica, recently filmed an episode where the Noisey crew met up with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell at his Strawberry Hill resort. They also got a visit from a gang of exciting new artists from Jon Baker's Gee Jam Studios, including DizTroy and Mystic Davis dropping a live acoustic set of beats and lyrics.