As an adolescent growing up in the Waterhouse Community in Kingston, Jamaica, Ryan Bennett was afforded a lot of freedom. His mother migrated to the UK and so he was left in the care of his godmother who did not stop him from attending all the talked about events in his neighborhood. It is because he was constantly going to street parties and socializing that persons began calling him ‘Fyesta Wild Axe’, a name he later shortened to ‘Wild Axe’.
Wild Axe initially had no interest in being a recording artist; the desire to pursue music as a career came by chance when he was asked to assist his friend in the studio by going in the booth and simply checking the mic. From that point on he began writing lyrics and paying attention to other artists whom he looked up to. Some of his biggest musical inspirations are Bounty Killer, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Buju Banton and Beenie Man.
Four years after his mother left Jamaica, he also got the opportunity to do the same and so he joined her in England and began to settle into what would be considered a normal life; this included studying computer IT at Lewisham College. Fortunately, he could not shake his desire for writing and performing music and so in 2010 he began to refocus his energy and once again started to compose songs. He then returned to Jamaica and immediately invested both his time and financial resources into what he now considered his full time occupation. By then he had a manager, Charmain Scott, who encouraged him to record with Smoothface Production, which is based in the UK and both Digitalize Records and Control Tower Squad, which are based in Jamaica. The collaboration with these record companies produced several tracks that helped to create massive awareness for Wild Axe as an artist. He did songs like “Hot Steppa” on the 100 Degree Rhythm compilation which also featured well known acts like Popcaan and Demarco. Once that record was released Wild Axe and his team began to promote the track aggressively as they were getting a lot of positive feedback from his fan base. Other songs that helped to propel him in the limelight are “Money Mi Want” and “Happy Life” which he did a video for. Watch the official video for “Happy Life” here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGPLAdGcXkY