Music Matters: The Caribbean Edition


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

Episode Date
Episode 18: The Digital Music Future in the Caribbean
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.
Sep 15, 2019
Episode 17: How to Make a Soca Star
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.
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 16: The Ins & Outs of the Soca industry
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.
Jul 26, 2019
Episode 15: How to build a music business company
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.
May 16, 2019
Episode 14: Soca in the global digital marketplace
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.
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 13: Soca Management and Marketing
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 marketing to success.
Jan 29, 2019
Episode 12: Defining and Marketing Soca Globally
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.
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 11: What is soca? How is it defined?
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 veterans who worked with the inventor of Soca, Ras Shorty I.
Jan 06, 2019
Episode 10: Public Money, Commercial Music - A Caribbean Case Study
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.
Nov 08, 2018
Episode 9: The Business of Calypso in the 21st century
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. Calypso, the Mother music of the Caribbean, has a recording history of over a century predating recorded jazz music, but the music business evolution and global spread of the music has declined since the late 1950s, aside from a few outliers and outside the diaspora spaces. A modern perspective from an official source is given to identify a calypso renaissance both artistically and commercially, and the work being done towards that end. [Calypsos excerpted: "Iron Duke in The Land", Julian Whiterose. Recorded 1914; "Change", Helon Francis. ℗ & © 2018; "Long Live Calypso", Lord Superior. ℗ & © 1973.];
Oct 16, 2018
Episode 8: The New Breed: Soca 3.0
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.
Sep 16, 2018
Episode 7: The Bajan Soca Industry
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 breakthrough for soca globally. We await the 2019 soca season.
Aug 05, 2018
Episode 6: A Conversation with Freetown Collective
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 industry.
Jul 12, 2018
Episode 5: The Live Music Industry in the Islands
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 of the State's efforts are gauged, together with a Jamaican perspective on the softened live music industry there, to come to a fuller understanding of what are the roles of the private sector and the State sector in developing the industry.
Jun 16, 2018
Episode 4: Caribbean music, broadcast and IP
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. Laura's recent trip to Jamaica to cover its Carnival showcased how the modern music "merchants," the soca artists of today are distributing their music, and how the Carnival circuit is expanding for year-round exploitation of potential royalties from public performance and from radio airplay.
Apr 14, 2018
Episode 3: A Conversation with Josanne Leonard
A professional in the areas of media, music and entertainment with experience at international levels, Josanne Leonard served as policy adviser on the Caribbean music industry to various global and regional bodies. She talks with Laura and Nigel 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 industry thrust toward its further development.
Mar 03, 2018
Episode 2: The Globalisation of Soca
The Globalisation of Soca is a podcast where hosts Laura Dowrich-Phillips and Nigel A. Campbell 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 and dancehall, for example, is considered.
Feb 09, 2018
Episode 1: SOCA: A Caribbean Phenomenon
SOCA: A Caribbean Phenomenon is a podcast where hosts Laura Dowrich-Phillips and Nigel A. Campbell 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 music.
Jan 09, 2018