Music Matters: The Caribbean Edition

Music Matters: The Caribbean Edition

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The business of music in the Caribbean.


20: Conversations with Charlie
Dec 3 • 51 min
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…
19: Caribbean Music Festivals
Nov 9 • 61 min
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…
18: The Digital Music Future in the Caribbean
Sep 15 • 50 min
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…
17: How to Make a Soca Star
Aug 20 • 43 min
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.…
16: The Ins & Outs of the Soca industry
Jul 26 • 54 min
Laura and Nigel interview Trinidadian music super-producer Kasey Phillips who has now relocated to Los Angeles to be closer to the epicenter of US music industry. His insights of the modern soca industry and his access to US music technology giants and…
15: How to build a music business company
May 16 • 43 min
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…
14: Soca in the global digital marketplace
Feb 21 • 40 min
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…
13: Soca Management and Marketing
Jan 29 • 46 min
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…
12: Defining and Marketing Soca Globally
Jan 17 • 46 min
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…
11: What is soca? How is it defined?
Jan 6 • 43 min
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…
10: Public Money, Commercial Music - A Caribbean Case Study
Nov 8, 2018 • 39 min
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…
9: The Business of Calypso in the 21st century
Oct 16, 2018 • 40 min
Laura and Nigel chat with Meagan Sylvester of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) about the role and business of calypso in the 21st century. A modern perspective from an official source is given to identify a calypso renaissance both…
8: The New Breed: Soca 3.0
Sep 16, 2018 • 37 min
Laura and Nigel discuss this new generation’s efforts at breaking soca and calypso into the international marketplace. They chat with artist/songwriter Jimmy October about his “New Calypso” and producer David ‘Millbeatz’ Millien about his “Caribbean Wave”…
7: The Bajan Soca Industry
Aug 5, 2018 • 49 min
Laura and Nigel chat about the Bajan soca industry after the recent Crop Over on the island of Barbados. As a conclusion to the cycle of 2018 Caribbean Carnivals, they have a better overview of soca in the Caribbean. Includes a wide-ranging interview with…
6: A Conversation with Freetown Collective
Jul 12, 2018 • 41 min
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…
5: The Live Music Industry in the Islands
Jun 16, 2018 • 40 min
Laura and Nigel discuss the state of the live music industry in Trinidad and Tobago in the context of the government’s plan to create a Live Music District in Port of Spain to act as a tourism magnet for visitors to the island. The experience and results…
4: Caribbean music, broadcast and IP
Apr 14, 2018 • 41 min
Laura and Nigel chat about the reality of the slightly behind-the-curve business models and thinking about broadcast media and its role in distributing music and creating economic rights for artists, composers, producers and performers in the Caribbean.
3: A Conversation with Josanne Leonard
Mar 3, 2018 • 35 min
Laura and Nigel chat with Josanne Leonard, regional music industry expert, on the music industry in Trinidad and Tobago with links to the wider Caribbean music industry and preferred strategies going forward in light of the ongoing state-dominated…
2: The Globalisation of Soca
Feb 9, 2018 • 30 min
Laura and Nigel continue the discussion on the relative global spread of this music born in Trinidad. The wider international thrust by singers, DJs and producers from America, Europe and Africa to put the music on the same public consciousness as reggae…
1: SOCA: A Caribbean Phenomenon
Jan 9, 2018 • 36 min
Laura and Nigel discuss the spread of soca music from its base in Trinidad and Tobago to encompass rhythms and musical cues from other islands in the Caribbean. Producers, singers and fans from all the islands make this music more than Trinidad Carnival…