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Music business conversations with hosts Laura Dowrich-Phillips and Nigel A. Campbell focused on the Caribbean.

Music business conversations with hosts Laura Dowrich-Phillips and Nigel A. Campbell focused on the Caribbean.

Location:

Trinidad and Tobago

Description:

Music business conversations with hosts Laura Dowrich-Phillips and Nigel A. Campbell focused on the Caribbean.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 28: Soca Sessions with Erphaan Alves

10/16/2020
Laura and Nigel chat with Trinidadian soca artiste, Erphaan Alves, who for the past five years, has championed the "No Seasons" campaign, an initiative designed to encourage soca artistes to release music all year round, instead of for a Carnival season. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing artistes to see their product outside the realm of festivals and Carnivals, it seems that his is an idea whose time has come.

Duration:00:38:25

Episode 27: Soca Sessions with Problem Child

10/4/2020
Laura and Nigel chat with St. Vincent-born, US-based soca performer and prolific composer, Problem Child about the business of soca in this time when the the 2020 Carnivals were cancelled and the possibility that next year's may be on hold. Is soca without Carnivals affecting the proliferation of the music? Problem Child has some answers.

Duration:00:35:06

Episode 26: A Conversation with Pat Meschino

9/10/2020
Laura and Nigel speak to Billboard magazine writer, Pat Meschino, about the coverage of Caribbean music in the US and foreign print and editorial media. The mechanics of pitching stories to publications, and the importance of reliable data on artists and their music are explored for a Caribbean context of how to get the story of Island music into the consciousness of wider audiences globally.

Duration:00:39:13

Episode 24: What could a post-COVID-19 music future look like?

5/16/2020
Laura and Nigel speak with musician, journalist and NYU professor Jason King, a Trini to the bone, who ponders on the possibilities and tracks the trends for a post-pandemic music future. A multi-disciplinary genius, King discusses industry disruptions that have existed and notes the current state of the global industry that could guide Caribbean music practitioners to a resurgent future in music.

Duration:00:41:48

Episode 23: Dada and the Caribbean Music Family

5/16/2020
Laura and Nigel chat with Dominican super-producer, Krishna "Dada" Lawrence to get a handle on the wider Caribbean music scene. Dada outlines the possibilities for Caribbean music outside of Carnivals and festivals, and provides a wider context to the business of music by outlining his successes as a music producer of numerous hits and road marches in the festivals of the Caribbean, and his role as an advocate for collective management of music rights in the region. He also develops the idea...

Duration:00:43:25

Episode 21: Beyond Soca - A Conversation with Sheriff Mumbles

3/10/2020
Laura and Nigel have a revealing conversation with innovative music producer, Keron "Sheriff Mumbles" Thompson on his outlook on the status of new music from Trinidad and Tobago. Together, they delve into the ups and downs of the recent music for 2020 Carnival season. His perspective, fashioned by constant explorations in the wide world of music, adds another element to the idea of soca as a new world music.

Duration:01:09:55

Episode 20: Conversations with Charlie

12/3/2019
Rawlston "Charlie" Charles is the most significant pioneer in the recording and wider distribution of soca music and calypso music in the US and the World via his Charlie's Records and his studio in Brooklyn from the 1970s onwards. His place in the history of the music's proliferation is secure. "Charlie" was back in Trinidad and Tobago to premiere his documentary at CARIFESTA XIV and he chatted with Laura and Nigel in two interviews. The first interview was first broadcast on Festival Radio...

Duration:00:51:26

Episode 19: Caribbean Music Festivals

11/9/2019
Laura and Nigel reminisce on the various music festivals they have visited in the islands, and chat with Dr Suzanne Burke, culture sector researcher at The UWI who gives perspective to the hosts' observations on the role these destination music festivals have in nurturing all areas of a regional live music industry. CARIFESTA XIV is recalled as a case study of private vs public sector approaches to festival development in the Caribbean.

Duration:01:01:37

Episode 18: The Digital Music Future in the Caribbean

9/15/2019
Laura and Nigel speak to Trinidad-based music entrepreneur and educator Farley Joseph about his research and findings on Caribbean music industry's readiness and potential to fit into the global digital music landscape. An interesting conversation that tackles the nagging problems of weak industry advocacy, slow and ineffective uptake of modern tech solutions, and importantly, recommendations are provided for stakeholders to use to overcome and progress.

Duration:00:50:39

Episode 17: How to Make a Soca Star

8/20/2019
Laura and Nigel chat with manager/music producer Anson PRO Soverall who manages rising soca star Nailah Blackman to find out his strategy for making a superstar out of this young singer, the grand-daughter of the chief innovator of soca, Ras Shorty I. Anson gives listeners some strategic ideas he uses to make a soca star and break them internationally.

Duration:00:43:23

Episode 16: The Ins & Outs of the Soca industry

7/26/2019
Laura and Nigel interview Trinidadian music super-producer Kasey Phillips, now relocated to Los Angeles, to get a behind the scenes view of what it takes to build a Caribbean music genre in the largest music market in the world.

Duration:00:54:09

Episode 15: How to build a music business company

5/16/2019
Laura and Nigel chat with acclaimed jazz musician Etienne Charles from Trinidad and Tobago about how he built his international career. His forays into the business of music in the United States are examined to understand how building a personal music corporation is necessary for sustained growth and success in the industry beyond the borders.

Duration:00:43:03

Episode 14: Soca in the global digital marketplace

2/21/2019
Laura and Nigel speak with UK-born Trinidadian music industry professional Keith Kirk about the prospects of soca in the global digital marketplace. Keith, who has worked with the major labels, Sony, Universal as well as BMG in metadata support and music rights management, keeps it real and gives a direct analysis of what is happening now and what has to be done to further expand soca's musical footprint in the global industry.

Duration:00:40:38

Episode 13: Soca Management and Marketing

1/29/2019
Laura and Nigel have a wide ranging discussion with Simon Baptiste, CEO of Question Mark Entertainment of Trinidad, and manager of Kes The Band among others, about the possibilities for the spread of soca music in the global marketplace. With insights gained from networking with A-list music executives, as well as his experience working with labels in Jamaica and developing a regional entertainment Expo, Baptiste details case studies in the Caribbean music industry and links management and...

Duration:00:45:59

Episode 12: Defining and Marketing Soca Globally

1/17/2019
Laura and Nigel continue, in the SOCA SESSIONS, the conversation on what is soca and what needs to be done to increase global uptake. Music producers Martin 'Mice' Raymond and Keshav Chandradathsingh give input along with sound engineer Robin Foster on what still needs to be done.

Duration:00:46:39

Episode 11: What is soca? How is it defined?

1/6/2019
Laura and Nigel chat with modern soca producer and manager Anson Soverall, veteran sound engineer and expert Robin Foster, and pioneering soca producer and composer Joe R. Brown in a panel discussing and searching for a standard definition for soca, the sound of Caribbean Carnivals and the soul of calypso. In the first edition of our Carnival special The Soca Sessions we discuss soca, its roots and surprising similarities to today's trends with one of the rising producers in the artform and...

Duration:00:43:06

Episode 10: Public Money, Commercial Music - A Caribbean Case Study

11/8/2018
Laura and Nigel have a candid conversation with Melissa Jiménez, General Manager of the Trinidad & Tobago Music Company Ltd., a State-Owned company, as a follow-up to Episode 5 in which the live music industry in the Caribbean was discussed with a specific reference to the Live Music District (LMD), a publicly funded initiative of the State to enhance the music industry there. The State's track record on this new initiative to incentivise the T&T music industry is reviewed.

Duration:00:39:16

Episode 8: The New Breed: Soca 3.0

9/16/2018
Laura and Nigel discuss this new generation's efforts at breaking indigenous music, soca and calypso, into the international marketplace beyond simple placement on digital platforms. They chat with artist/songwriter Jimmy October about his "New Calypso" and producer David 'Millbeatz' Millien about his "Caribbean Wave" as genres and new ways of defining Caribbean music for the world to acclaim.

Duration:00:37:53

Episode 7: The Bajan Soca Industry

8/5/2018
Laura and Nigel discuss the Bajan soca industry after the recent Crop Over on the island of Barbados. As a conclusion to the cycle of 2018 Caribbean Carnivals and the festival music, they have a better overview of soca in the Caribbean from the prevalence and popularity of competitions as a gauge, and the new sub-genre of bashment, to a wide-ranging interview with legendary Bajan soca star, Red Plastic Bag who talks about soca on the island and his opinions on what could make the...

Duration:00:49:38

Episode 6: A Conversation with Freetown Collective

7/12/2018
Laura and Nigel sit down with Muhammad Muwakil and Lou Lyons of FREETOWN Collective to discuss their new album, Born In Darkness, and to chat about that album in the context of the modern music industry. As a bellwether of new full length album production in T&T, Muhammad and Lou explain how this project interacts with the current music ecosystem and how they have positioned themselves to buffer from any movements, positive or negative, in the global distribution, publishing and live music...

Duration:00:41:42