Jordane Delahaye, Gleaner Writer
Manchester United might have found a star player in Stefan 'Eva Hype' Bowes, had the young talent not surrendered his dream of becoming a professional football player for the club. However, music, his second passion, seemed to have been his true calling.
In 2008, at the age of 15, Bowes recorded his first song. Around four years later the talented young artiste has already released three mixtapes and is making a name for himself in the aggressive Jamaican music industry.
Bowes' stage name, 'Eva Hype', may raise some eyebrows but the artiste explained to The Gleaner the purpose behind the moniker.
According to Bowes, the name was to embody what people already thought of him.
Regardless of his name, though, Bowes is an undeniable talent. The verses in some of his songs reveal a lyrical mastermind hidden behind his jovial character and easy-going personality.
"For dancehall, I have to be in a good mood and around good company to ensure that energy and fun is in the song because that's what dancehall is about! No pen, no paper! For R&B and hip hop, genres which are more content oriented, I write and always take my time because I want to express every sentiment accurately," the artiste explained.
His first mixtape, Music & Her, was released in 2010 and Bowes describes it as a heavily emotive piece of work channelling a more R&B/hip hop vibe.
Pros & Cons, his second mixtape, was released just last year and highlights the young artiste's reggae and dancehall influences.
"I'm pretty much an eclectic ear. In the space of an hour I can go from listening to Jahmiel to Labi Siffre. Out of all genres, though, I would say reggae and hip hop are my two favourites. I love the spirituality in reggae and I love the wordplay in hip hop," Bowes said, adding that he is influenced by reggae artistes like Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, and hip hop artistes like Jay-Z, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
In fact, Bowes revealed that Sizzla Kalonji's Your So Lovely inspired a lot of the melodic choices and vocal styling for his song For Eva.
The up-and-comer expressed that his favourite song from his repertoire is his remix of Diced Pineapples by Rick Ross, Wale, and Drake from his latest mixtape, Sky is Not the Limit.
"Poetry is another passion of mine, and Diced Pineapples was my first attempt at incorporating poetry directly into my music," the young artiste explained.
"I label my music island pop. Basically, island pop is a fusion of any genre of music, namely R&B, dancehall, hip hop, reggae and jazz with an intent to create that distinct island feel," Bowes told The Gleaner.
Keep an eye and an ear out for the artiste's debut album. Bowes revealed that he already has a vision for the compilation. Before the album drops, though, the artiste will be releasing his next single Greatest on the Star Vibes rhythm and a follow-up to his last mixtape - Sky is Not the Limit Part 2.
Already, Bowes has kicked off the year on a high note with the release of singles Sex Symbol and For Eva, both of which are potential hits.
"The feedback for my music has mostly been positive. Art is art, though, and no art piece or artiste will be received positively by everyone, so I have my few hecklers," Bowes joked.