Thirty-three-year-old Corey Dan Corey Maynard is a local electrician, a former producer at Get Dark Studios and current producer at 9 life studios which is owned by DJ Kat. Maynard is also a deejay and the father of Aaliyah and Ariel, ages five and two respectively. He gained his certificate in automotive electrical engineering from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic now referred to as the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology.
Maynard told Barbados TODAY that he was always passionate about music and he began his deejaying career from ‘mashup’ equipment that he had obtained over the years.
“It started when I was a little boy growing up. I used to listen to music and we started recording on tapes, pulling up and ‘wheeling’ and finding songs to clash,” he said, adding that he did not do it alone as his friend and business partner Renaldo Sargeant helped him.
“Renaldo Sargeant is a cameraman at CBC and he is my partner. We started together, never gave up and just dabbled on. Every time we got a chance to buy equipment we just said, ‘Yeah, we got to get an amp, yeah we got to get CD’s’ and we took it one day at a time and said we would just do this thing,” he recounted.
Get Dark Studios has created a myriad of dancehall songs such as the popular Ben 10 Riot Squad Riddim Freestyle which has received 73,552 views since its release on May 22, 2012. After leaving Get Dark, Maynard joined 9 life studios where he produced songs for Jah Reddis and Swaggy as well as SRYGz. One of the better-known songs would be Jah Reddis’s Bounce It, which was released in 2017 and has received 252,271 views.
The former student of Deighton Griffith Secondary said that the road to producing some of the hits was not always easy. At one stage of his career, he had to record songs inside of his car but despite this, he persevered.
“The best place we had at the time was my car which was the Fiat Punto [that] everyone made famous as people used to sing about it too,” Maynard said, adding that he is able to balance his duties as a deejay, producer, automotive electrician, and father by using time management.
“It is one at a time. During the day, I do electrical work and I can still find time to pop in on the kids. Deejaying is [at] night and if I have a gig during the day I can pause the mechanic work. All can work. A man can be an automotive electrician, a deejay, and a father all at once,” he said.
Maynard also noted that his contribution for Crop Over 2018 Party Tonight would be released in two weeks time. (LG)