Born and raised in Auckland City, Tanya Dyer spent her earliest years exposed to 'Sound System culture', and live bands through her parents involvement in the Rastafarian movement during the eighties. At 17 she recorded her first single "Hook Up" in collaboration with Darcelle "Lioness" Beach for Jah Remnant Records. The single went on to win radio station Mai Fm's, "Rhythm Nation". Soon after, Dyer was performing with Lioness and other childhood Hip Hop and Reggae heads throughout the city.
Dyer then tried her hand at a regular hosting gig for Batucada Sound Machine in 2006 but soon met up with Hip Hop producer DJ Furious. Silva's first solo gig of originals with Furious was supporting the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw at Auckland's Galatos. The pair went on to support other NZ acts such as Ladi6, and House of Shem. After two years of touring and beat-making, Furious and Silva went their separate ways, as Silva was looking to grow into more than just a Hip Hop artist, but a reggae artist too.
Miss Dyer continued to play live in and outside the city for the next 3 years with DJ Art Official, supporting acts like the Black Seeds, Earl Gateshead, Mungoes Hi Fi, Deadly Hunta and DJ Skits. It was during this time she finally decided to start working on her debut. "Turning writtens from an old notebook into your first record isn't easy" Silva says, but she's doing it, and she's seen others do it. Silva has had the privilege of touring with one of NZ's favorites, and as close friend and mentor, Ladi6 is a great example of what it takes to break stereotypes as a female in hip hop. "Ladi helped me realize the realness, and understand its ok to be who you are, in fact, thats the only thing thats gonna get you respect".
As for her live show? Silva MC and Deejay Locksteady have been together since July 2011. The genius collaboration between the two has proven to be unstoppable in the underground reggae/hiphop scene in New Zealand. From Christchurch back to Auckland, they have shown their ability to deliver a fresh, international approach to the mashing up of Reggae,Dancehall and Hip Hop, consistently, and consciously. All the while, staying true to Silva’s Jamaican/Samoan roots.
As she has continues to grow as an artist, she found herself working with local and foreign producers in order to finally establish herself as a recording artist.
The secret to her success so far is her live performance. Silva’s ability to ’warm up the crowd’ quickly gets them gathered, and moving on the dance floor by the end of the first song. Although reggae/roots is the foundation of the her sound, Hip Hop and dancehall have a huge influence, thus allowing Silva’s talents to truly shine, providing masses with the ultimate SilvaMC experience.