Twins Dylan (atop) and Delano Atkins have dipped their toes in the soca ring. (Picture by Justin Newton.)
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JUST LIKE RIHANNA, Dylan and Delano Atkins have big plans to take over the music world.
The twins, who prefer the R&B genre, look up to stars like Usher, Justin Bieber and Trey Songz. This year they are trying something different as they have released their very first soca song Gimme Twerk It.
The song was released on June 30 but the 21-year-olds have promised to come with bigger and better.
Dylan, the “younger” and more outspoken twin said they had not received as much airplay as they would like locally but they were getting love amongst friends and family.
Delano is not satisfied with the support from Barbadians, though.
“We get non-stop air play in Atlanta,” he said.
“I mean, we really have what it takes,” Dylan added.
The two go by the stage name ONEIKON and told EASY their moniker simply meant “same script, and different cast”.
They added they pretty much had the same goal in mind – “same script” but were two different personalities – “different cast”.
Mum Nicole Atkins said it was becoming increasingly difficult to tell the November-born twins apart since they started dressing alike again and even had the same tattoos.
“We actually feel weird if we don’t [dress alike],” Dylan said.
Be it modelling, dancing or acting, the guys said they try to keep in sync, which is all part of the ONEIKON image.
Their earlier career was to serve and protect (police officers). They have gone onto a different serve and protect – to serve pure suave and classy style while protecting their status as talented vocalists.
It was obvious that they are peculiar in their own way. Dylan is very much a talker with a strong personality while Delano appears to be the thinker and even confessed he is a little shy.
Gimme Twerk It was recorded at Hit Island Studio but they said they were not eager to enter competition.
“It was my mum who pushed us to bring out a song. [But the little airplay is disappointing],” Dylan said.
He mentioned the stars they linked up with while in Atlanta: “We [linked with] Neyo and Usher . . . . We met Rihanna, 2Chainz and my mum [at one point] cooked for Fantasia,” Dylan said, adding they managed to make those links while being backstage at a show.
They are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to get where they want.
“We would like to [make it] so we could . . . ,” said Delano as Dylan completed the sentence with, “provide for our family and that they [could live].”
Their mum, owner of the retirement home Supreme Comfort and Retirement Care said she has full confidence in her “babies” and has even released the overprotective reins a bit so they could explore their talents.
“I would like to see them succeed in the international music scene and to get a proper label to push them to the level that they can get to,” she said.
To get there though the guys know they have to work as a team despite the little hiccups.
“Everyone has sibling problems but it is good. We quarrel but nothing major,” Delano said.
Self-confessed troublemaker Dylan smirked as he said, “If he is vex with me he would not want to wear the same clothing as me, real petty stuff.”
The guys have plans of opening a clothing store and starting their own clothing line.
“We want people to wear our fashion,” Dylan said, peeping over his shades.
And Delano, slumped back in his chair, said with an exaggerated American drawl, “Yeah, our ideas came from travelling . . . . We must have a good presence everywhere we go.”
Nicole, a single mother, added she only wanted the best for her boys as she told of how fascinating it was bringing them up.
“Dylan was always the one to drag Delano in trouble. He took that leadership role from the beginning. It was very interesting raising them both at every stage and I had help thanks to my mum and my sister,” she said, adding that they have an older brother, Nicholas.
She reiterated her only trouble now is telling who is who.
“I have to look in their faces, but Dylan has a mark on the left side of his face,” she said.
“It’s just a scar,” he added.
The twins said their life was never about failure but learning curves.
Dylan has more tattoos than Delano, including “Only God Can Judge Me” and a copy of Rihanna’s gun.
“We [ultimately] want to win a Grammy,” they said. “Just like Rihanna.” (MR)