Born Julio Todd, he hails from tropical Kingston, Jamaica – a lush and almost “magical” island country. Julio was given the name “Da Professor” because of the energetic magnetism he possesses – like that of a ‘Star Child’. It surrounds him full-circle, and emanates from him. His innate love and sensitivity towards others led him to share his compassionate gifts and abilities – and from ever since he can remember, he’s offered sage advisements to all those who are around him.
Reaching out through his music, lyrics and compositions, Da Professor is the actual “instrument” who shares his innate abilities to ‘feel the vibrations’ of one’s soul… and his “knowing” of how important it is to love one’s self. His remarkable sensitivity to others spills over like the purest water from a wellspring that’s deep beneath the Earth, right in to his music.
Da Professor’s first gold album placement, “Diversity”, was with the world-renowned German reggae star, Gentleman. Da Professor wrote, produced, and was featured on his single, “Nothing a Change”.
In 2011, Don Corleone, executively produced Da Professor’s first album, “The Laboratory”, released in 2012.
In 2013 he was invited to work with Tessanne Chin, winner of the nationally-televised talent show “The Voice”, and Da Professor composed her single: “Call on Him”. Later in 2013, Da Professor was introduced to record label owner and publisher, “Spiky”, who made her mark in the industry with the Platinum single “I Luv This Shit” produced by Knucklehead, who is also co-signed to Spiky’s Publishing.
Da Professor’s continuing mission is to express his compassion in a humanitarian effort that literally touches and changes lives.
He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Stop The Abuse Foundation.
– a philanthropic charity that actively works to make people aware that they can not only just stand by, but they can actually help to put an end to domestic violence. His dedication to the Foundation is unwavering.
Feel the vibe, and wave your hands in the air to show you love yourself!
Why did you select this song as your current single?
Thank you for the opportunity and willingness to interview me as I embark on the release of my new single and music video, “I Love Myself”. The project as a whole carries a worldwide message of “Self-Love”. My new project represents a turning point in my style and direction as an artist. It has a very definite mission that will slowly be unveiled as each single gets released.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album,?
The launch of the album will occur in TWO phases.
Phase ONE: The Trilogy
February 14, 2015 the first single, “I Love Myself” released which will be followed by the Second single releasing in April and the third single releasing in June.
The story behind the trilogy:
Love yourself first!
When an individual embraces self-love they are automatically gifted with confidence and self-worth. Hence, allowing them to make solid decision backed by confidence which feeds into the ability to make great things happen within their lives. That’s when “Anything becomes possible”. The message within the music of the second single. A “Rock Star” of whatever one set their mind on achieving is the end result and the message within third single.
I Love Myself music video is also the first of a three part music video launch that will not only represent the music but will be make a short film when all three music videos are played in sequence.
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What was the writing process for the song?
My writing style is simple and always the same. I hear music and the words just come to me. The finished product is a song that represents what I am feeling at that moment. In the case of “I Love Myself” it was my personal need for self-love that created the song. When you watch the music video, the beginning shows me washing my face at the bathroom sink. It is when I look at myself in the mirror I have the awakening. I then spread the message of self-love to those around me and strangers I meet in the streets.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
“I Love Myself” was composed during a time in my life when I was revaluating everything I did and accomplished in my music career. It was then I realised my own need to embrace “Loving myself”. In order for me to reach the goals I set for myself, this was a must. This turning point allowed me to write the upcoming trilogy releases that will be rolled out over the next 4-6 months. “I Love Myself” being the first of the three single releases.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
My Performance of this single as well as the rest on my songs is real. When I am performing I am telling the story about my life and when it’s real the fans know. Therefore, the performance is very emotional and resonates with the audience.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I get asked this question all the time. Music is my calling and what I am meant to do. My fans know me well. My music is my autobiography. It allows me to express what I am feeling on all levels and represents a platform for me to communicate and make a positive difference to those who listen to the messages within my songs.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
The title of my new single, “I Love Myself” can be perceived in several ways. It was very important to Spiky and me that it was not perceived narcissistically. The domestic violence scene within the video was written into the treatment to bring awareness to domestic violence. The single also serves as the anthem to my foundation, “Stop the Abuse Foundation”. Our Foundation’s mission is to not only raise the public’s awareness of the well-hidden-in-the-shadows’ truth about the existence, instances and shocking statistics about domestic violence issues that occur as close as their very own communities, but also to provide victims of domestic violence and abuse – no matter their age or sex – with key resources and necessities they may require when they are questioning how to make, or are actually acting upon, their decision to no longer be an abused victim – but to become free from their abusive or violent situation. The song gives these victims a message through the music and encourages them to love themselves which in turn gives them power and motivation to make that change
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
I hear music and the words just come to me. The finished product is a song that represents what I am feeling at that moment. In the case of “I Love Myself” it was my personal need for self-love that created the song. When you watch the music video, the beginning shows me washing my face at t
he bathroom sink. It is when I look at myself in the mirror I have the awakening. I then spread the message of self-love to those around me and strangers I meet in the streets.