Quarter Bill Bio
“Although Reggae is my first love, I try not to be categorized as such because of how unique my style is,” declares a confident and keenly self-aware Quarter Bill (né Sherwin Jalim). Much like the brilliant 19th century French dramatist and novelist Alexandre Dumas, Quarter too knows the danger of hackneyed generalizations. Not to worry though, even a cursory listen to his forthcoming debut solo suite, “Give Thanks: The Foundation” EP, will make it impossible for anyone to relegate this vibrant young talent to the static ends of any single genre. This is music for the world.
Born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to a performing arts family, Quarter could not escape his rich musical influence – not that he ever tried. Whereas most of his friend’s birthday and Christmas gifts were your common toys, Quarter’s loving parents nurtured his budding interest in the arts by buying him a variety of instruments to explore. Today, he knows how to play the guitar, drums and keyboard … and plays them well.
At the age of 16, Quarter, (whose stage name is an honorary combination of his late brother’s nickname and the ambitious personal projection, ‘Billionaire’) left the island of St. Lucia for another incredibly foreign yet oddly familiar island; settling on Long Island, New York’s westernmost point in the great, big borough of Brooklyn. While trading sea breeze for metropolitan bus exhaust would prove jarring to any individual’s senses, the welcome diversity and broad cultural landscape of his new home only fueled his passion to master his craft as a musician. His inspired upbringing coupled with the abounding multi-cultural Caribbean diaspora surrounding him played a major role in his musical maturation and all of his work bears proud testament to that fact.
Quarter is a man of varied enthusiasms and, as such, impressively cites legendary Reggae artists Lucky Dube, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Bob Marley and Jah Cure as his main influences, along with heavy doses of Hip Hop titan Eminem and, most surprising of all, Nashville, Tennessee’s finest, the American country music group Rascal Flatts.
Describing his unique sound as moving, unexpected and different, the 29 year old explains, “I want people to be able to relate to, be touched, and moved by my music. I express myself in my music, targeting real-life common situations that my fans go through on a daily basis.”
Truth is truth.