Local singing duo Oneikonn has attracted international attention. Their debut song Next To You has been heard by international pop star Justin Bieber who shared the song on his Instagram account.
The 26-year-old twin brothers said Next To You was inspired by their mother’s last relationship.
“Our mom Nicole . . . went through a rough space so [we] turned the negative vibe into a positive one,” they told Bajan Vibes.
The duo, whose real names are Dylan and Delano Atkins, attended Luther Thorne Memorial and St Leonard’s Secondary School before deciding to leave Barbados at 19 to pursue their music careers.
“Music was always our passion from young so [when] we were 19 we entered Toronto. We were going into the studio with me as the singer and him the songwriter. We went into the studio and when we walked in the guy said, ‘You guys are stars,’ and told us what he wanted us to do. He [said] we were both are going to sing and write. We hooked up with J.R.D, we also worked with Drake’s producer Drizzy and we are working on a song that is to come on our EP,” they said, adding that they made the decision after realizing that Barbados did not have enough avenues for male artistes to shine in the entertainment industry.
“There is not a lot that you can do in Barbados and there is a lot that you can do in a bigger country. We modelled for Toronto Fashion Week and we have outgrown Barbados. What can you do in Barbados other than sing soca? There’s a lot of hidden talent in Barbados which is not being recognized, so why stay there?,” Oneikonn said.
The twins receive their funding from their mother who resides in Barbados but are hopeful of securing Barbadian sponsorship.
“My mom is financially funding us and so it would be great to get some sponsorship from Barbados,” they said.
Oneikonn’s advice for any young entertainer is to never give up on the pursuit of their dreams.
“Never stop, don’t give up. If music is your passion, your dream, just go after it and do not give up. [But,] understand that music is a career where you have to give up everything for it,” they said.
Persons can follow their journey on IG @oneikonn. (LG)