In 2016 Journey Music was founded by Jamaican writer, producer, and artist, Patexx. The name and initial concept were inspired by Patexx’ Journey to find other artists, producers, writers and DJ’s in which he could collaborate with to make great rhythms and beats, those that represented the roots of Caribbean music, especially Dancehall. Finding that process difficult at times with where he was on his Journey, he decided to venture out and explore the gifts within. This was when the producer and writer within was born…this is when he started to create unique, versatile rhythms and beats that all artists from all genera could connect with. The Journey as with all in life turned to be one of self-discovery to expose a gift he didn’t ‘even know was inside of him. The Journey turned out to be a fruitful, and one that would eventually have earned him a #1 spot of the charts in 2018 with Dovey Magnums “Ball Out,” which he produced and wrote. It also earned him the opportunity to write on many of the songs on Sting and Shaggy’s 2018 highly acclaimed album 44/876.
In 2018, Patexx initiated the next phase of elevating Journey Music by forming a business partnership with music industry executives Michelle Tafoya and Dexter Hazelton from InHouse Management. With over 30 years of experience in the music and entertainment industries and a passion and love for Caribbean music and culture, Patexx was sure there was no other match to help elevate not only him as an artist but also the overall vision he had for Journey Music as a company.
Dexter originates from Trinidad and Tobago and has over 30 years of experience in business, technology, and music. He has spent his life involved with Caribbean music and culture both locally and throughout the world. His passion for music steams for all genera of music including; Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Pop, Contemporary, Rap and Hip-Hop, Trap, and even country music, He sees the potential and incredible opportunities for artist collaborations in which he strives to inspire unity of not just the music, but various cultures and beliefs systems. Dexter has a keen ear for hit songs and for up and coming independent artist who has the potential to be a “star.” After moving from Trinidad to Staten Island, New York, he was able to be involved first hand with the artist who started on the grassroots level and built into common names and brands. Some of those artists include Buju Baton, Wu’ Tang Clan, Force MD’s have all been part of his musical Journey.
Michelle Tafoya has 25 years in music business. She has managed, worked with and consulted for the likes of Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more. She has also worked with and consulted companies like Interscope Records, Roc Nation, Live Nation and Maverick Entertainment Company. She brings to the partnership a unique background and experience from all aspects of the industry from A&R, Agency and Touring, Marketing, Management, Digital, Branding, Business Financials and more. More importantly, she has an instinct for navigating through the music industry business and political landscape, a visionary mind for building careers, brands and companies and a heart to always do right by the artists’ personal life and long-term professional goals.