In 2010, the Jamaica Star wrote, “Reggae’s fastest rising cultural artiste, Byiome “I-Octane” Muir, is poised to take his career to another level. The artiste boldly staked his claim on Dancehall Night at the recent Reggae Sumfest with a memorable performance and has consistently followed through since, entertaining his fans and silencing detractors.” Since then, I-Octane has continued to deliver ground breaking performances. Friday, March 11, 2011 was no exception. The Panache Ballroom in Springfield, Massachusetts came alive as I-Octane thrilled fans in an hour long set.
The show, which was hosted by media heavy weight, Diva Nikki Z, was sold out earlier that week. Fans traveled from New Jersey, New York’s Tri-State Area, Boston and Connecticut to see the sinjay live in concert. Always poised and pleasant, I-Octane posed for pictures and engaged in conversation with VIP guests and fans prior to his performance. Newcomer Alandon, opened the show and had the crowd warmed up.
At exactly 1:00 am, I-Octane blazed the stage with hit single “No Love Inna Them,” followed by “Puff It,” “Badda Than Dem,” “I A Cry,” “Mine Who Yuh A Dis.” He also performed some of his earlier hits “Nuh Frighten We,” “Run Yet,” “Stab Vampire,” and “Different Page.” The singjay who was dressed in an all black ensemble with red jacket commanded the attention of the crowd as he jumped around while delivering fan faves. Pausing in between songs to talk to the screaming crowd, I-Octane paid homage to Japan in light of the recent earthquake and Tsunami with single “Lose A Friend.” Not one to shy away from the attention of his female fans, I-Octane brought a lucky young lady on stage and serenaded her with new single “Once More.”
Lighters and cell phones illuminated the venue signaling fan’s approval with each song delivery. Fans were also in awe of the singjay’s humility when he asked his road manager Biggz to come forward. I-Octane informed the audience “It is because of this man why I am here. He is the one that said Octane before anyone knew about me. He encouraged and supported my journey.” The singjay exited the stage but was brought back for an encore performance.
Diva Nikki Z remarks, “I want to thank Stacey Bethel of Triple 7 Entertainment for assisting with booking I-Octane. Additionally, I want to thank Destine Media for helping me (DNZ Productions) stage such a spectacular event. “My Life” I-Octane live was the first time New England really got to experience who is this artist “I-Octane.” Octane and Destine Media’s professionalism and focus on fans and their need for quality was apparent in every aspect of this production. This was the first time in a long time that there has been a sold out “incident free” event in this area. I-Octane performed for approximately one hour and for his entire performance managed to have the crowd in the palm of his hand. I want to thank Alandon and his team and all the patrons who came out from NYC to Boston, Hartford and of course Springfield. Special thanks to my sponsors. Look out for more events from DNZ Productions this summer and we definitely have plans to work with I-Octane again.”