Karl Jarzhino Daniel, better known by his stage name Dready, is a music producer, songwriter, business executive and DJ.
Dready was raised in both Lee Bank and Handsworth, Birmingham, UK; he is of Jamaican and Kittitian decent. Dready’s love of music comes from his parents, both reggae musicians, and has 3 siblings, The musical journey of this child prodigy began at the tender age of four, when his parents, purchased his first drum set. By the age of five, his genius was already captivating audiences, and he was welcomed to be the support act for reggae’s legendary John Holt.
Dready's love for music and music production grew, progressing into playing not only the drums, but keys, saxophone, bass guitar and the double bass. Also, a sound system called Ruff Intention, and owning a popular recording studio called Lion's Den.
In 2000, Dready decided to cut his losses, and move to London to further his music career. Shortly after his move, a chance meeting with the UK’s Mega-Man from the UK Urban group, So Solid Crew, in 2002 lead to Dready making his official entry onto the UK charts.
So Solid quickly became a phenomenon, known for their #1 smash hit single “21 Seconds”. Dready wrote and produced for group member Lisa Maffia’s solo project on a song titled, “All Over”, which went straight to #2 on the UK Singles Chart.
By 2003, Dready’s work ethic, versatility and undeniable sound garnered him respect amongst his peers making him the most sought-after producer in the UK. This subsequently led to further collaborations with UK front-runners Duran Duran, Estelle, Jay Sean and Ms. Dynamite.
His collaboration with UK bred rapper Chipmunk and reggae’s “Gully God” Mavado on " Every Gyal“ from Chipmunk’s sophomore album, Transition, lead to a #1 on the UK Reggae Chart. The track went on to have international acclaim when it set Reggae SumFest alight in the summer of 2011.
After making a huge impact on the UK scene, Dready set his sights on conquering the US market. Since heading first to New York, Miami and then settling in Los Angeles, he has worked with Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Jeezy, 50 Cent, Major, Pusha T, Game, Royce da 5’9, Chip, Meek Mills, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Giggs, Shabba Ranks, Vybz Kartel and G-Unit to name a few.
Dready has lent his hand to Celebrity Marauders, a DJ Collective responsible for hosting WE.Org’s charity event, WE Day. These series of concerts were held across Canada, the US and the UK to over 200,000 students.
Dready also handles Artist Relations for tactile audio company, SubPac and is endorsed by Native Instruments and Roland, leading musical software manufacturers.