Dillon Alton Hines was born in Montego Bay in the beautiful Parish of St. James Jamaica. His parents Russell Hines and Jasmine Murray were both devoted lovers of Reggae and American R&B music, thus exposing him at an early to artists such as Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Ken Booth, Sir Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Curtis Mayfield Marvin Gaye, Al Green, James Brown to name a few.
When his parents migrated to the United States, young Dillon was relocated from his home in Montego Bay’s inner city and went to live with his grandparents in the farming district of Roehampton located in the rural climbs of the parish of St James. He was exposed to even more music locally and from abroad via the radio and absorbed the sounds every chance he got.
February 15th, 1993 was the day that changed his life forever. It was on that day that he received the tragic news that his mother had passed away. Music now became his solace and He began writing his own lyrics and rhymes, and eventually became a popular young dancehall act, within the Montego Bay’s enclaves and he adopted the name Iyah Lazer.
Another monumental change in his focus on music came in 1997 after the birth of his first son. Iyah Lazer switched from raw dancehall lyrics to more conscious and cultural lyrics. He also changed his name to Iyah Syte. Inspired by the birth of his son he now had a purpose to bring positivity to his music. The name “Syte” is an acronym for Saving Youths Through Entertainment. This has become the mission for his music and the inspiration behind his lyrics.
In 2006 he released “Blood in the Street”; a collaboration with Yugo Bandooloo; as well as “Oh Mama”, this single expressed sorrow and regret over the early passing of his mother.
His inspiration: his Mother as well as the works of reggae greats such as Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Denis Brown, Garnet Silk and draws even more inspiration from watching people like Beres Hammond, Jah Mason, Taurus Riley, Eddie Fitzroy, and Leroy Gibbon.
Over the years, Iyah Syte has shared the same stage with artists such as King Yellowman, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw, Bounty Killa, Singing Melody, Anthony B, Tanya Stevens, Richie Stevens, Agent Sasco amongst others.
At present, Iyah Syte is working on an upcoming EP entitled “Warning,” which will feature the hit single “Warning,” produced by 24/7 Music Production LLC. The EP will also feature, “Mother’s Love,” “Pray For The Youth,” and collaborations with Anthony B and Lutan Fyah. Look for the future the project, “Soul Journey,” which will include songs from the “Warning,” EP, and unreleased songs.
Iyah Syte is featured on the Jailbird Riddim as a winner of the 12 Bar challenge with Anthony B. and a collaboration with Lutan Fyah Almost Never Count– released on all platforms on July 31st. Look for great things to come from this artist Iyah Syte whose mission is Saving Youths Through Entertainment.
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