Dancehall Artiste Hawkeye
Christopher O. Smith, popularly known as HAWKEYE is a popular Jamaican dancehall artiste, who has been doing music professionally since 1990 and is still current in the music industry. The Kingston, Jamaica artiste currently resides in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, where he continues to produce and perform new music for his fan and music lovers at large.
Music for Hawkeye in earlier years was just a hobby until he was encouraged to do it on a professional level. This resulted in his first recording back in 1990. He shares, “That was when I did my first recording professionally as an artiste. My reason for getting involved is mostly because I was encouraged by my friends, who saw that I had the talent to make an impact in the music industry, even though at the time I was just doing it as hobby.” Hawkeye continues, “My family encouraged me by just supporting me as an individual and that was all the encouragement I need.”
Hawkeye gets motivation from artistes like Lieutenant Stitchie, Papa San, General Degree, Ninja Man, Shabba Ranks, Terror Fabulous, Buju Banton, other Jamaican artiste and International artistes Busta Rhymns and Q-Tip. The inspiration he gets from other artistes added to life experiences have shaped him into a superb writer and deejay, who has written about 95% of his songs, which were produced by Danny Browne, Richard Browne, Steelie & Cleevie, Sly & Robbie, Donovan Germaine, Scatta Burrel, King Jammy’s, Wee Pow, Bobby Digital, True Blue, Richie Stephens, Byron Murray, Shocking Vibes, Winston Riley, Steve Marsden and Richie D.
His catalog includes, Arrest Mi Officer (Main Street Records), Move (Steelie & Cleevie), Who Dem a Ramp Wid (Sly & Robbie), Bubble & Wine (40/40 Records), Yuh Nuh Beg (SHAMS Records), A We (Penthouse Records), Wave Unnu Hand (Shocking Vibes Records), just to name a few.
Hawkeye’s music includes much collaboration with artistes like General Degree, Goofy, Red Rat, Wesley Diamond, Anthony Red Rose, Precious from Trinidad, Bunji Garlin from Barbados, Phife Dawg from the International Group (Tribe Called Quest), other talented singers and deejays.
His music is loved by people all over the globe, some of whom got the opportunity to watch him perform their favourite songs live at various events, such as Reggae Sumfest and Sting in 2000, Ottawa Reggae Festival (August 2010), Grenada (April 2011), Reggae Jam Festival – Germany (August 2011), Vancouver Reggae Festival and Calgary Reggae (August 2012), Dancehall Xplosion, Bulgaria (September 2012) and many others.
He prepares himself mentally and physically to give his best when he hits the stage, whether it’s a small or major event. He shares, “I prepare myself for an event by making sure I attend all rehearsals, never forget performance dates and time, get suitable garment possible and of course get my fitness level up to par.”
Musicians spend most of their time perfecting their craft and like any other professionals they have to create a balance. Hawkeye sees this as great importance and says “I balance my music with my personal life easy because Music is my Job so that answers everything. When its work time its work time and when its family time its family time.”
Hawkeye remains focus at all times, paying full attention to his music and not bothered by distractions in the industry. He says, “Things I’m faced with in the music industry are the same things other artist face; bad mind, Corruption and music Industry Politics, and that’s a life in general thing so it doesn’t bother me, I just play my part no matter what and stay focus on the prize.” He continues, “If anyone chooses to do music, make sure it’s your love, because only the love will u keep doing it to the end. Be yourself, be creative, be open-minded and willing to learn and most of all keep the almighty close to you as possible, cause without him you will sell yourself.”
There’s much more to come from the very active dancehall artiste, Hawkeye who is in the prime of his career and whose music continues to enjoy rotation on radio stations globally. Fans can see him at his next performance, which will be at the Jamaica College Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica on the 11th November 2017. He has a new EP out titled “WHO DEM A RAMP WID” and has quite a few songs to be released and events pending.
Watch clips of his past performances on YouTube and keep yourselves updated through his social media.
PERFORMANCE CLIPS: REGGAE JAM FESTIVAL (GERMANY)
PERFORMANCE CLIPS: RASTAREGGAE FEST (CALGARY)
PERFORMANCE CLIP: MONTREAL REGGAE FESTIVAL (CANADA)