The singer of pop, reggae and dancehall known internationally as Row has released his debut EP album, “Be Positive.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Upbeat, spirited and danceable in the extreme, “Be Positive” stands as proof that Row has a place among 2017s most innovative pop songwriters.
Row is the stage name of 24-year-old Rowin Premcharan of Purmerend, the Netherlands. The singer and songwriter has been performing live since the age of 18 when he first joined a band, but notes that he got his start by beatboxing. This early hip-hop origin story shows in the overall production of “Be Positive,” which features many of the effects and stylistic choices often found in hip hop and pop music.
In addition to the considerable talents, lines and rhymes of Row, himself, “Be Positive” also features the skills of Chaka Baka on the extended-play album's opening track.
“As a little kid,” writes Row, “I always wanted to make music and that's why I sang all day, and learned how to beatbox (thanks to the drumkit from my dad I wasn't allowed to play on!). Some friends were rapping at the time, and that's why I made some rap songs.”
But Row's future turned out to have less to do with hip hop and more to do with pop music.
“I noticed it wasn't my thing,” he says. “At the age of 18, I joined the band 'Naya Sitara,' the band of my producer, Tariq Sadal (TSMusicStudio). After I had done my internship in Surinam, I recorded my first song in a professional studio. This made me realise something. I wanted to make singing my living, because I just want to do this all day.”
Asked to describe the overall themes of his new record, Row talks about his desire to bring encouragement to others around the world.
“After a period of constant struggling with myself,” writes Row, “I wanted to make something that inspires people. That's why I made my EP, 'Be Positive.' It's all about just staying positive when times get rough. Better days will come – just work hard for it.”
This sentiment comes from experience. Just ask Row.
“It's all about being positive when times are hard. Me and my family have had a tough year, but still, no matter how hard it gets, you have to go on.”
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