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Problem Child is Winning and The Soca World is Watching. Artist Expresses Curiosity!

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He’s one of the Caribbean’s most humble talents but ahead of the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent born songwriter and artist, Problem Child is prepared to show the world just what he’s got, recently explaining to EBUZZTT exclusively that he’s got a very smart strategy that he cannot reveal just yet, but one that will certainly be recognised as time rolls on. Today, the singer celebrates his birthday.

Problem Child was one of the Soca artistes aboard the Soca on the Seas cruise in October.

We met up with Problem aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas in October. He was a part of the contingent hired by the Soca On The Seas team to deliver Soca music on their first ever Afro Soca cruise to the Bahamas. He did not fail to execute. In fact, Problem Child was among the artistes who represented with a level of pride that proved to us that Soca is definitely in good hands. The artist has released two major anthems heading into Carnival 2019 with plans to possibly unleash a few more. He recorded with production powerhouse, Precision Productions recently, a project that also saw him pen lyrics for a song delivered by Patrice Roberts who he refers to as his sister.

In our chat, Problem revealed that it was Patrice, who gave him the opportunity he needed. Together, they unleashed a song called, “A Little Wine” and since that time, he has written a lot more anthems for Roberts and other artistes, including Shal Marshall.

In 2018, Problem Child’s name began calling in Trinidad and Tobago. It wasn’t the first time but there certainly was some level of attention being paid to the artist. He had written all three tracks, including his own on the 2AM Project. He said he’d made the conscious decision to release the single done by Patrice and Kees first, telling EBUZZTT that he studies people’s behaviour and knew it would create a stir. Next up, he worked with Shal on ‘Splinters’ a song that essentially caused mayhem on the soca scene. “Shal is a natural born competitor, so there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to execute that song,” said Problem. His song came later. ‘Middle of Something’ was released in the aftermath of the success of both Kees and Patrice’s ‘Like it Like That’ and Shal’s ‘Splinters’ and according to Problem, what he piggybacked on was the fact that he knew his name would be credited for the songwriting of the other two singles. He said he knew people would then become curious to hear the third track and so it proved effective. All three songs on the 2AM project were on consistent rotation throughout T&T’s carnival 2018 season and even thereafter.

Problem Child is a prolific Soca songwriter. He wrote Shal Marshal’s hit single ‘Splinters’.

A seafood lover, the very health conscious artist told EBUZZTT that he’s curious to see what will happen in 2019. “I’m not anticipating anything really. I’m just very curious.” He knows his two tracks, “Good Up, Good Up” and “Love De Road” are doing well, and he has since released another- a song called “Whole Heart”  on the 10X Over riddim. He also has other projects in the pipeline, some involving music that he is personally involved in and others that he is not. Amid that, Problem is set to deliver his first album- a volume of work he’ll call, “Problem is A Problem.”

Proud to be a part of the Soca music fraternity, the entertainer told EBUZZTT that he feels the genre is doing very well.

“I think it’s growth has a lot to do with social media where we are not depending on certain people to take it to where it needs to go. If you have talent and your work is properly put together and showcased via social media, now you stand a better chance. “

 

On the topic of soca music’s rotation at Carnival particularly, the ‘Party Animal’ singer said he feels it for programme directors, lamenting that the seasonality of the genre has its downside. He said each year he releases approximately nine tracks for St. Vincent’s carnival and he has just as much for Trinidad and Tobago carnival. He, however, says he understands that many of those songs simply cannot receive the rotation he’d like, no matter how good they may be. He plans on releasing at least two more songs for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 season and says he is curious to see what will take place then.

Problem Child is a huge fan of his country’s authentic Carnival vibe.

St. Vincent his homeland, the social media stunner who keeps his female fans intrigued with some of the most exotic looking photos, told us St. Vincent’s carnival is as authentic a carnival, as there could be. “It’s a lot less commercial than T&T’s carnival and there is a lot of vibes in Vincy carnival. It almost looks like a riot,” he said laughing. “Nobody ever gets hurt though,” he said almost immediately. The artist explained that much of the energy and enthusiasm experienced in St. Vincent at carnival time is probably owed to the humility of the people, explaining that the partygoers are not able to dress and ball out with bottles like the people in Trinidad and Tobago do, so what they do is party hard. He says Grenada’s carnival closely mirrors St. Vincent’s, telling us, “There are some semi stush events, but if the right people get into the event, it can escalate quickly.”

Here are 3 things you may not have known about Problem Child:

  1. He’s left-handed.
  2. He doesn’t live in St. Vincent. He lives in New York and he’s lived there since before he sang “Party Animal.”
  3. He hasn’t missed St. Vincent’s Carnival since 2005.

Problem visits Trinidad and Tobago in November when he will do his promotional run ahead of Carnival 2019. Join us in wishing him good health, strength and happiness as he celebrates another year of life, today.

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Machel Montano, Iwer In Epic Clash of the Titans.

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The masses are getting all anxious and social media is on fire. It’s been a while since anything like this has gone down. Machel Montano and the Boss, Neil Iwer George are battling for hierarchy. The two have been going at it, pulling all the stops and revealing things we’re not too sure, should be so publicly exposed. Montano’s round two punch has everyone in utter shock and while some may see this as simple ‘piccong’, there is room for disaster.

Iwer George initially sang this track. It has since been followed by the battle tracks.

Machel Montano and Iwer George have, for many years, been viewed publicly as “estranged.” They’ve been seen in photos but the extent of their social camaraderie, has been questioned. Speaking on the Soca Stop on Boomchampionstt.com today, Iwer said there are no rules in war and there is no explanation to be given on the matter. Asked whether the musical battle is real, the ‘Water Blessings’ singer said what’s seen on social media should not always be believed. He called on the radio personality to refrain from calling names on air, asking if he had court clothes. “You know how long I trying to defeat this monster. How I will beg you to do a song with you and I trying to defeat you. He lying… he not telling the truth,” said Iwer when asked whether he had approached Machel Montano to do a song with him. He promised he would release a verse on the matter in the week ahead.

Iwer George says Skinny Fabulous is a traitor.

Explaining that he has been in the business of Soca for 31 years, the Boss said he knows the writer behind Machel’s latest musical punch. “I want to send a message to Skinny Fabulous. I want to send him back to St. Vincent on a one way ticket. Skinny is selling guns to the enemy,” said Iwer, almost jokingly. He explained that Skinny’s writing style is known and as such, he immediately knew it was Skinny who had aligned himself with Machel. “They are my bredrens, because he have a tune with Machel, he turn State witness against me. What he write for Machel is what he know about me, so he turn against me,” said George.

Machel Montano

Both artistes are said to have performed at an event last night and will perform at the Oval tonight where they are expected to go head to head on stage.

Machel Montano, meanwhile seems to be enjoying the excitement, posting every minute of the thrills to his social media accounts.

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Famalay Hits Apple iTunes With Major Accomplishment. Skinny Reveals Decision For Collab Came After Demo.

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Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are on to something! Their collaborative hit single, “Famalay” which was released just about two weeks ago, has struck the iTunes chart in a major way, becoming the #1 selling song from the Caribbean, globally on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. The song was said to be holding on to the #5 spot on Thursday. Skinny Fabulous revealed the news via social media, saying, “I know this also will provoke the discussion about SOCA not having it’s own established genre but until that day comes when we win the good fight for Soca recognition, let’s celebrate this #1 on the Reggae Chart or any other chart worldwide for that matter.”  

Skinny, who hails from St. Vincent says he intended the song to be a single that would be a true representation of various aspects of the Caribbean and its music genres. He said the song was sent to him by International DJ Stephen who received it from Dominican producer Dada Lawerence. In penning words to the track, Skinny said no one in particular had been on his mind, however when it came down to doing the demo, the thought of a collab emerged. Machel and Bunji Garlin’s hooks were created and the rest is history.

The song’s lyrics encourage togetherness and friendship- something that’s prevalent at Carnival time across the Caribbean. “When you go to a fete with a crew, everyone has everyone’s back; whether with drinks, food, bathroom breaks and you begin to form a bond like family,” he said.

Skinny Fabulous has been a part of the Caribbean’s soca and carnival landscape for quite some time. He has written for many artistes and is a staple on the Soca scene. Ahead of C2K19, he has released three other singles – “Happy”, “Pick Your Position” which features Motto and “Bipolar”. Thus far, “Famalay” stands firmly atop the list of “must plays” this season.


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