The Preliminary Release

Acknowledged for his witty and energetic performances, Dancehall artiste Darrio is ready to show his fans a different side of him with his latest project, ‘The Preliminary’.


Executive Produced by Germaica Austria from Europe, the 8 track EP features two collaborations, one with upcoming songstress Kim Nain on the track titled ‘For You’ which is produced by Picante Music and another with veteran Reggae legend Everton Blender on the final track ‘Put in the work’ produced by Warrior Music Productions.

Other songs on the project include Turn It Up which is one of two high tempo tracks, Flyin’, I Can Do It, Mankind, Just for living and I’m Out.

Known for hits such as School Fee and ‘F.W.B.’ (Friends with Benefits) Darrio is excited and upbeat about the new direction of his career and his musical growth. He described the production as positive and smooth stating, “This is a more smoother side of Darrio in terms of delivery and song choices. We have 8 songs on it and none of them is a bruk out song with lude lyrics.”

He further shared, “The EP showcases the new direction in which my career is going in terms of more positivity and bringing more a that to my fans.”

In efforts to showcase his talent and his new work, Darrio hosted successful launches at100 Hope Road, Kingston Jamaica; and another at Bourbon Beach, Negril which featured a performance of the singles from the EP and familiar hits as well as appearances from a number of entertainers such as Rayvon, Mr. Lexx, Kenny Smith and Craigy T just to name a few.


Darrio is set to host another launch for ‘The Preliminary’ at Fellowship Portland on Friday, January 12, 2018, and he has hopes of doing another promotional tour in the United States. He is also gearing up for a European Tour which will take place March 1- 18, 2018. ‘The Preliminary’ will available for download starting January 12, 2018 on  iTunes and all major digital platforms.

Darrio running own show – upbeat despite not having a manager

Since parting company with the Subkonshus record label last year, dancehall artiste Darrio has taken management matters into his own hands with a team that “operates like a label and a PR company.

“It’s basically me just getting the job done, until mi get an official management contract,” Darrio told THE STAR.

Without any official representation, Darrio has created the Project Darrio Movement.

According to the artiste, though there is no official manager, the progress of his career has not stalled since severing ties with Subkonshus.

“With the Subkonshus label, the focus was not Darrio. So nuh matter how much you put in, you get the same result,” he explained. “It’s not as difficult in that regard, because we know wah we ah do, and when we get any result, ah because ah di work we put in. We can also regroup when we try somethin’ an’ it nuh work.”

But Darrio said moving on has had its drawbacks. He said some people simply don’t like the fact that he left the label, and they no longer deal with him.

But work has not slowed for the artiste.

“We have upcoming shows and an upcoming Jamaica tour. After mi leave Subkonshus, is not like I get less shows. I actually get more shows.” he said.

Darrio told THE STAR that he recently wrapped up a five-stop tour in Belize, with another coming up in April.

Kimberley Small – February 08, 2017 – The Star

Darrio was not beaten, viral photo is from a video shoot

Dancehall artiste Darrio is denying claims that have been surfacing online that he was severely beaten and left for dead by a river.

These posts were accompanied by a photo that shows a man who appears to have been mauled.

A statement from his publicist, Tallisa Taylor, confirmed that Darrio was indeed the person in the photo but rubbished all claims of an attack.

“We were made aware that several online sources have published stories that recording artiste @darriomusic was attacked and photos of him surfaced online. We would like to advise that those photos are indeed that of Darrio however they were taken on set of his recent video shoot for his single ‘Just For Living’,” the statement read.

And while many, including Darrio’s mom have since been worried, Taylor assured fans and well wishers that the School Fee deejay is safe and sound.

“Darrio is not hurt. He is okay. Several persons took photos on set of the shoot and shared them online causing the rumours to start,” she said.

The Star 

Darrio to drop video

FORMER Subkonshus recording deejay Darrio has shot his first official music video since his exit from that camp last year. The video is for the edgy and sexy single Friend With Benefits on Craigy T’s No Apology rhythm.

Recorded recently, Friends With Benefits is on Gafjam Records label. It’s available on iTunes.

Directed by Dameon Gayle, 1

video is scheduled to be released in days.

“It has been a process of revamping and reanalysing the new image and direction for my career, and organising the flow with the new members of PROJECTDarrio. We are now ready to churn out all the new material that I have been recording, and also getting the visuals out so fans can see a different side to me,” Darrio said.

Shot at various locations in Kingston, the video follows a girl, who is cheating on her boyfriend with Darrio in private. However, in public, she pretends to be just friends with him.

The Trelawny-born entertainer shared how the lyrics came about.

“Almost everyone, at one time or another, has had this kind of friendship or interaction, so it’s relatable to most, even my own experience — past, present or future. It’s not talking about any specific girl at a specific point in time, but people will speculate based on rumors who the song is about,” he said.

Darrio, whose given name is Darrio Johnson, is slated to perform at Trelawny Jerk Festival on March 27.

— Jamaica Oberver [Thursday, March 03, 2016]

Darrio feels the love in Africa

Africa has become one of dancehall music’s most vibrant markets, especially in the last five years. Among the artistes making a mark there is singer Darrio.

Next week, the 29-year-old heads to the Motherland for his fourth visit. On October 7, he deejays Delus and Konshens perform in Juba in the Sudan.

The following day, he and Delus are scheduled to perform at the Skyluxx Nightclub in Nairobi, Kenya.

It is Darrio’s second trip to Africa this year, having worked in Kampala, Uganda in August.

“Africa is a high-energy place, the people feel strongly about the music an’ Jamaican culture. Is definitely a different kinda love,” he told the Observer.

The Trelawny-born vocalist first visited Africa in 2011 for gigs in Nairobi. He said dancehall has picked up considerably on the continent since then.

“For me, is one of the places I feel love from early, so is important to return an’ keep current,” he said.

Of his songs, Ungrateful, Girly Girly and Gal sit Down are most popular.

Initially, Africans warmed to roots-reggae music. Leading lights like Marley, Tosh, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff championed the anti-colonial mood that swept the region during the 1970s and have enduring fan bases there.

But in recent years, hardcore dancehall acts have been in demand by younger promoters and fans. Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Busy Signal, I-Octane and Konshens are just some of the acts who have performed in countries like South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.

— Howard Campbell, Jamaica Observer [Thursday, October 01, 2015]

Darrio Readies New Video For “Friends With Benefits”

Former Subkonshus recording artiste, Darrio, has shot his first official music video since his exit from the Subkonshus camp last year. The video is aligned to the edgy and sexy single ‘Friend With Benefits’ (FWB) recorded on the recently released ‘No Apology’ Riddim for Craigy T’s Gafjam Records label.

“It has been a process of revamping and reanalyzing the new image and direction for my career and organizing the flow with the new members of PROJECT Darrio, we are now ready to churn out all the new material that I have been recording and also getting the visuals out so fans can see a different side to me” Darrio explained

The Friend With Benefits’ video, shot at various locations in Kingston, detail a girl cheating on her boyfriend with Darrio in private but pretends to be just friends with him in public. Darrio, when grilled about the words of the single and the motivation, says it came from a personal experience he had but declined to specify if this was a current situation.

“Almost everyone at one time or another has had this kind of friendship or interaction, so it’s relatable to most, even my own experience; past, present or future. It’s not talking about any specific girl at a specific point in time but people will speculate based on rumors who the song is about” Darrio intimated.

The Friend With Benefits Video is directed by Dameon Gayle and will be released in a matter of days. The single is one of a few singles gaining traction on Craigy T ‘s ‘No Apology’ Part 1, the riddim also includes singles from Lia Caribe ‘Unemployed’, General Degree ‘You Mi Come Fah’, Hawkeye ‘Champion Jockey’ and Kenny Smith and Bay C ‘Sorry’.

Darrio is also looking at releasing another video for his ‘Explode’ single recently shot in New York. He will be heading to The Tri State on March 16 for the EXPLODE video launch in Magnet Lounge Queens New York and then returns to Jamaica to prepare for his performance at Trelawny Jerk Festival on March 27.

The ‘Friend With Benefits’ single is also available for purchase on iTunes.

Urban Islandz – Mar 3, 2016

Darrio Releases Hot Track "Explode"

From the humble streets of Deeside Trelawny and rigid livity of several inner city communities, to various places around the world, music remains the driving force for dancehall artist Darrio. Thriving through his musical gift, Darrio recently released his latest track “Explode”. The hit bound single has received positive feedback and been added on rotation on several international mainstream stations and in his birthplace of Jamaica, Darrio’s “Explode” gives you a catchy, melodic, rhythmic vibe, while highlighting the creative yet visual word play of his writing skills.

The budding dancehall star is looking forward to his new single, “Explode” being a huge success and resonate through not only dancehall fans, but music lovers as well. Besides such groundbreaking singles as Wah Dat, School Fee and Siddung with dancehall artist Konshens, Darrio has remained consistent while steadily building his fan-base. A hit with the ladies, Darrio holds a special place in his heart for his female fans

Produced by Senci HCR of Head Concussion Records, Darrio reassures his fans that they will love this one. “Explode is a song everyone can sing to and the ladies can gwan enjoy and reminisce about that special someone” says Darrio.

Diamond Reggae – October 26, 2015