‘Soca in meh vain, Soca in meh blood’ – that’s how 24- year-old Maurice Vallo aka ‘DJ Triple M’ links his roots to his passion and his career. Soca artistes aren’t the only people who’re trying to push Soca Music and cultures of the Caribbean, global – Disc Jockeys are too and Trini-born DJ Triple M can attest to that.
The London based University graduate is a burgeoning DJ on the UK Soca Scene representing the Caribbean. He’s determined to make an impact. Vallo was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Trinidad by his mom, however when he was 10-years-old he migrated to the UK and took up residence with his father. “I’ve always loved music,” he told us in a recent chat, emphasizing his appreciation for all genres of music, but explaining that he specializes in Soca, Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop and commercial music. During his University years, Vallo’s passion for music and his desire to stay true to his Caribbean roots manifested deeper as he began meeting with folks of influence in the industry while DJing in and around London. His education would not be sidelined however, and he would prove true to his ambitions, securing his degree in Events and Marketing Management.
Triple M has made quite a name for himself as a DJ for Nottinghill Carnival. He was given the opportunity by his good friend DJ D Tee who plays on the M2K mas band’s truck. Vallo had won himself several titles in individual costume with the band over a six year period and given this new opportunity to be a bigger part of the band, he immediately grabbed it. He says that opportunity has helped shape his career. The young DJ won the award for Best Soca DJ Newcomer in 2009 and is currently a resident DJ at Soca Frenzy – the biggest monthly soca fete in the UK and for Poison UK events. He is also the Official DJ for Soca artist TriniBoi Joocie (UK’s Power & Groovy Monarch Champion 2013) and is the touring DJ for Rampage Mas Band, which tours Europe performing at some 15 carnivals annually. Vallo’s DJ skills can also be heard on online radio at www.BakahnalRadio.com on Mondays from 7pm – 9pm where he hosts his ‘Triple M Takeover’ show.
With Carnival in full swing at home in T&T, Triple M says Machel Montano’s ‘Happiest Man Alive’ is his favourite soca track, telling EBUZZ that the song speaks to his character, since he’s always happy and cheerful. Despite this being his personal favourite, Mr. Killa’s ‘Rolly Polly’ is killing it on the UK Soca circuit he told us, reminiscing on the Grenadian artiste’s performance in the UK back in December. “It was epic … total madness,” he said.
Triple M is currently working on his 2014 carnival tour and says he constantly creates and digitally distributes mixtapes. His most recent mixtape, “Find Me In Trinidad 2014” Soca Mix helps push Soca music, he says, something he lives for. DJ Triple M is a son of Trinidad and Tobago who, like others overseas, is doing what he can to share Soca music with the world. Check out his website at www.officialdjtriplem.com and connect with him on Facebook at djtriplem10, Twitter @triplemtweets and Instagram @djtriplem.