Garth Woodside (born August 7 1979 Nassau, Bahamas), known as Skalin Spida,Venomous, and Spida Iyah is an emerging and upcoming Bahamian Dancehall artist. A new member of the dancehall scene hailing from the shores ofthe Bahamas.
Garth C.M Woodside (G.C.) but now known musically as “Venomous” A.K.A “Spida‘ Iyah“, has been doing music forquite sometime. Inspirations came from many talented artists such as General Degree, Terror Fabulous, Spragga Benz, Notch, Tenor Saw, Buju Banton, Buru Banton, Mega Banton, Lt Stitchie, Papa San, Ninja–Man, Ninja Ford, HalfPint, Super Cat, Ward21 as well as the God father Of soul, the late James Brown, and the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Spida‘s older cousin Sean Pearson a.k.a “Sean Conley“, was a local artist from the Bahamas. Venomous looked up tohim and had respect for Sean and made Venomous feel that he had the talent to be successful in the music business.
In 1997, a then 18 year old Venomous known as Pecka at the time went abroad to the Art institute of Ft. Lauderdaleto study graphic design. However, still making time to rock a few parties at his dormetory, this is where he met hisgood friend Adrian Allen, from Kingston, Jamaica. It was Adrian who encouraged him to take his musical skills morefurther than just parties.
Venomous then linked with another fellow caribbean brethren who hailed from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, who also wasa deejay (mc) named Henry Crobral, a.k.a “Da Lion“. The two became a duo and met a promoter by the name ofMighty Jaguar, who put them on their first opening act for Terry Ganzie and Future Troubles. The two made a namefor themselves, and performed at more venues. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, “Pecka” had to leave collegeand return to his homeland. Not one to give up, “Pecka” continued his musical journey. In 1999, while working on aconstruction site, he met Michael Welsh, from Jamaica, who was impressed by his lyrical skills and ecouraged him tocontinue music. It was Michael who cristened the youth “Spida!” With a new name, and even more dangerous skills, Spida started putting out wicked tunes, such as “Salute Di Sexy Galz“, “Mi love Woman“, “It All Ova“, “Hunt Dem” and“Girls All Ova” just to name a few. In 2002, he recorded his first dub plate for a brethren named “Cosby” a member ofthe immortal “STONE LOVE” family. Not only this, but he also did dubs for “Chip Lee” from the sound Lee‘sUnlimited“. In 2003, Spida took a break from music. True to himself, little was needed to convince him to return backon the scene.