Grateful for the many blessings that have come to his life, this charismatic guy said, “I want to thank you all for all the times we’ve rocked together and brought smiles to countless faces and races. There have been lots of ups and downs as we’ve walked along this path for almost seven years together in this industry. But in the end we all stand still together and united as one.”
He holds on to this conviction that the Infinite Maker and His powerful gift to mankind called “music” is the only reason that keeps him and his fans all together and intact. Harris, who has learned to speak and sing in Filipino language stressed, “Ang buhay ng musikero ay hindi biro. Maraming unos, maraming pagsubok.” Through all these years, he draws strengths from all his precious and faithful friends “who always believed in me and my rock ‘n’ roll spirit.”
Dio has earned the title “Rock n Roll Sensation of Dubai.”
Born in 1985 to a Pakistani father and an Australian mother, he has worked his way to be cited as one of the most prolific rock vocalists in Dubai’s music and entertainment scene and a respected Dubai-based writer and musician gaining fame as a songwriter. Undoubtedly and no questions about it, he is one of the most sought-after lead vocalist, session player for countless musicians and bands from different racial backgrounds, most notably among Pinoy rock bands and musicians.
In 2006, his popularity and career in Dubai’s music scene evolved from various local clubs and hottest spots in town for live music both underground and commercial. After seven years, he is now widely regarded as one of the most respected and versatile “Rock and Roll Icon” in the United Arab Emirates.
He currently performs as a lead vocalist for his own original project band known as HDS & Co. which is consist of a line up of his closest Dubai-based Filipino musician friends who all share their creativity with him in his original composition and are featured in his first upcoming solo album to be released soon upon completion by middle of this year.
Dio also loves blues, jazz, soul, funk, classic rock, old-school heavy metal and enjoys all forms of sensible live music. He’s commonly loved by everyone and his fellow musicians from all around the world and especially by his Filipino musician friends whom he claimed to be an inspiration and his major influence in his journey as a musician. Being a super fanatic and lover of Pinoy Classic Rock, the rock music of the Philippines of the 70’s – 90’s era, Dio has an extra ordinary love and respect for those old school Filipino rock musicians whom he has personally met and idolized since he discovered their music.
While he is known as an avid fan and supporter of OPM preferably the Original Classic Pinoy Rock Music, he has remarkably made a name for himself for his knowledge and skills in belting out the classic blues and rock songs of some legendary Pinoy rockers the likes of Juan Dela Cruz Band, Sampaguita, Maria Cafra, Asin, Freddie Aguilar as well as Pinoy rockers of the ‘90s including Wolfgang and Razorback.
But performing is not all about Dio. He has earned the admiration of the Filipinos for his growing list of philanthropic acts though unmindful of the great impact his good deeds have on the lives of countless beneficiaries. Singing for causes has made him endearing to his Pinoy fans. He has performed for “Awit Para Sa Lingap” – a Pinoy classic rock night for a cause to support typhoon victims in the Philippines.
For one in a million artist like Dio Harris Smith, we are at loss for words. All we want is to wish him an inspiring and contended life!
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.