As a young boy growing up in Sandy Bay, Byiome Muir, was known around the community for his musically ability. At home Muir was known as a noisy little one, as he could be found belting out a tune at any moment’s notice, much to the initial annoyance of his family members. Ultimately, he took his talents to the schoolyard and quickly became known for his voice.
Muir’s mother initially encourage him to work hard at school to gain a proper education and while his aptitude for the sciences and technical drawing led him to begin college to pursue a career as an architect; it was ultimately his love for music that prevailed.
Muir entered the music industry under the moniker Richie Rich and began working with the well-known producer Donovan Germaine of industry giant, Penthouse Records. While there, Richie had the opportunity to connect and learn from reggae greats such as Buju Banton and Tony Rebel. It was during this time that Muir decided to change his stage name to I-Octane, as a play on the properties of high-octane fuel and the Rastafarian use of I.
Fast-forward some seven years after his initial entrance into the music industry, I-Octane has a catalogue that may rival some of his counterparts who have been creating music for as long, if not longer, than he has. Some of his more popular tunes include: L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.; Badmind Dem A Pree with Bounty Killer as well as historical feature on Go Hard which also featured the likes of Wayne Marshall, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, Aidonia, and Vybz Kartel. It is clear from I-Octane’s track record thus far that he has no intention of slowing down.
When we think of I-Octane here at COCO, we think of a dark chocolate man with neatly twisted dreadlocs and a perfectly tailored sports jacket that is accompanied by an infectious smile. What is there not to love about that? Recently, I got to sit down with one of Jamaica’s sexiest reggae artistes, to dig a little deeper into the man behind the lyrics. Read on to find out more about I-Octane.
10 THINGS THAT MAKE I-OCTANE SEXY
Terri K: Thinking back to your first date, where was that perfect place to go? What did you do?
I-Octane: The first time I went on a date, I didn’t really have ‘a whole heap ah money’. I couldn’t take her to a fancy restaurant, so I just took her to the beach. There was a ‘likkle’ cottage near the beach. So the day before I went to the cottage to clean it up; I swept it out, cleaned off the table, and sprayed it up, ya know? I had to make sure it smelled good and looked up to standard. I brought her there and we just looked out ‘pon di beach’. It’s wasn’t about a ‘food ting or money ting’, it was just about ‘holding a vibe’, and getting away from the rush.
Terri K: In your opinion, what is the sexiest thing about a woman?
I-Octane: I think it’s the personality and wanting to know Byiome Muir, ya know. If you meet me through I-Octane, I want you to dig deep; get to know what I like, know where I am coming from if you want to be apart of this. Not just because of ‘mi smile’ or pretty locs.
Terri K: Tell us that one thing a woman could do that would turn you off?
I-Octane: [laughs] Well, for me, it’s a woman who doesn’t have standards. If I meet a woman and she just does anything, not just in terms of sex but also in general. A woman, who values herself, makes me think twice on how to approach her. Self-esteem is very important too.
Terri K: You are definitely someone who has to sacrifice day in and day out, as you travel all over the place. Are you currently in a relationship? How does you career affect it?
I-Octane: Yes I am. It does put a strain on your relationship. You have to have a solid individual. My world is a different kind of world than someone who works in a bank, as a pilot, or as an engineer. Ya know what I mean? It’s a different type of life.
Everything comes at you fast. Women come at you fast. Money comes at you fast. So you ‘haffi’ have a grounded individual who is willing to sacrifice with you.
Terri K: You recently did a song with Gaza Slim [Vanessa Bling] and the two of you were paired up as being a “couple”. How do you handle those rumours being that you are currently in a relationship?
I-Octane: I want to be honest about the whole music industry, still. For me, what I experience when you become successful, people draw a perception of you. They start to assume things. Previously, Vanessa Bling collaborated with Vybz Kartel, only. So when I do a song with her, the first thing they ‘ah go say’, “she and Kartel stop deal, so Octane and her start deh now”. I just laugh.
Terri K: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen a woman do for your attention?
I-Octane: A lotta tings. [laughs] Different from stripping, almost totally naked. But yeah, I went to do a stage show and when I was leaving there was a girl just lying down on the ground. She said, ‘she nah move’ unless she got a picture with me. This was in the cold, not a regular summertime ‘ting’. Sometimes it’s not a groupie thing; it’s just that people really like you.
Terri K: You’ve stated that you’re not ‘special’ previously and that there could be another man in your shoes right now, going through what you are going through. To that point, have you been cheated on? Do you think you could stay with someone who cheated on you?
I-Octane: Me? Not that I know of. [laughs] But it depends on the situation. I’ve gone through a lot of things early on in my life, so I have a wider perspective on life and how I think, ya know what I mean? Back then about 5, 6, or 7 years ago I might have said ‘nuh, if you cheat pon me, mi done wid yuh’ but now I understand life more. Things happen ‘ah whole heap’ of different ways. You have to learn to forgive because that could be the best person that ‘ah come inna yuh life’. I look at it as if that person is more important ‘in ah’ my life than out of my life.
Terri K: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, what is the best advice you have ever gotten when it comes to love and relationships?
I-Octane: For me, love is everyday. I think people should just embrace love right through the year. In terms of Valentine’s Day, I don’t put a specific date on love, ya know? But if you have a special someone in your life at that time, I think you should make that individual feel special annually. But ya know, sometimes people work, people compromise, people sacrifice. And if you’re an individual going for your goals or a person who is very hardworking, I think on that day you have to take time to give back and show your significant other that you appreciate them, their company, and the time that ‘dem spend with yuh’.
Terri K: You said that you prefer to love annually, with that in mind, what is the best gift you have received from someone trying to show you her love and affection?
I-Octane: One of the best gifts I’ve received was a scrapbook, ya know? The scrapbook was filled with pictures from when I was small and people from the community were involved. All of this information was in the scrapbook: from them saying “he always love music, he was always the one to entertain we, he always used to talk about ‘di girls dem’ love him.” It was presented to me on a special day and it was so special to me. It made me recollect and go back to those days, to appreciate life and where I come from.
Terri K: Taking that into account, do you have any tips for the guys looking to get a special gift for their lady?
I-Octane: Well. For instance, if the man has money and could take her ‘pon a date’. He should take her somewhere nice, secluded and ‘hold a vibes’. Then he should say, ‘babes, yuh know say mi buy yuh a present’. He could buy her earrings or a chain or a bracelet or whatever ‘him want’ but that is not the catch, ya know? He should put the gift down in front of her and tell her, ‘you’ve been trying to talk to me for the whole year, and I didn’t have the time. This is the time for you to express yourself, ‘mi here to listen to you now’.
Women just want to express themselves. Take the time to listen to your woman and interjection when necessary. Let her tell you about her days and what has happened in her life. Sometimes when a man is on the go, his woman gets put to the side. So let her express herself and make her feel important.
5 FUN FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT I-OCTANE
Terri K: Are you a boxers or briefs man?
I-Octane: No briefs! [laughs] Boxers
Terri K: Do you have an Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
I-Octane: Android. It’s more easy to use for me, still.
Terri K: Tell us what your first name, Byiome, means.
I-Octane: It’s definitely an African name. I always ask my Mum, ‘Why you name me this? What this mean?’ She never gave me a concrete answer yet. I just drew a definition; I put a definition to the name. The definition for Byiome is Strong.
Terri K: What is your favourite food?
I-Octane: I don’t think I have a favourite food. I don’t eat meat outside of fish. So, I think I just consume to survive.
Terri K: What is your favourite thing to do when you are not making music?
I-Octane: Watching TV. I don’t watch movies. I watch cartoons. Spongebob. People cuss me and say, ‘Why you watching Spongebob.’ I also like Family Guy, Avatar, Tom and Jerry. I watch ‘dem likkle ting deh’ because they are fun and jovial. Maybe I’ll play some football to unwind. I like to play football because on the field I’m not I-Octane, so ‘people dem rough me up’; people say ‘Pass the ball nuh man’. So everyone is on the same level.
There you have it ladies, your newest Man Crush Monday candidate is I-Octane! You’re welcome.
I-Octane’s talent is undeniable, his personality will put you at ease, and his smile is as comforting.
I trust you enjoyed learning 15 reasons why we consider him to be one of Jamaica’s sexiest reggae artistes.