KMC has publicly stated that he will “no longer be a part of Carnival festivities after the 2011 season.” The superstar soca artiste has been in Europe for the past few months and has also signed a new management deal with 2101 Records—a subsidiary of the Universal Music label.
Fresh off of celebrating the success of his single, Everybody Jump which made it to number 13 on the UK Urban Club charts in early September, the artiste has now stated that his new found happiness and journey has been a bittersweet one.
KMC stated in the article that he has “suffered at the hands of radio stations” and claimed they “played the music of one artiste more than any other.” This doesn’t sound untrue at all.
But it’s KMC’s honest rants that have the music industry buzzing.
“I not trying to big up Trinidad industry—they never supported me.”
Ken confided, “I am doing this for me, and my music. I ask God to take me out of that Carnival thing when I realize is so much ah fight down. I realize that Carnival thing is like a war zone, so I ask God for that and I give him all the glory cause I never expect anything like this to happen, and right now my business fix.“
So is KMC’s music and mentality just evolving on a global outlook or did he really give up on soca?
“I am not doing no soca. Most of the music is pop with a kind of electro sound. That’s the kind of music—and it is running the whole world.”
Let’s be honest here. Outside of Arrow, Rupee and Kevin Lyttle all of whom are Caribbean Soca artistes, KMC is really the first Trinidadian Soca artiste to have a major hit on the global landscape to date, with his “Soul On Fire” hit. His successful hit entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts at #84. Quite an accomplishment for a man that grew up in a small village in Rio Claro.
And even that hit was more of a contemporary groovy song with a distinct island feel and not the hard soca that seems so hard to market!
But is KMC wrong for his stance?
Kes the Band has been branding their island pop and have been getting very successful play and promotion off of it. So why the outcry against KMC? Why, because he is being honest? He is actually stating aloud what a lot of T&T artistes have been complaining about for years!
We have been hearing for years that local T&T DJs only play soca for a limited time throughout the year, and when they do, it’s play based on favoritism.
Charles declared in the interview, “Soca music is not going to reach nowhere, I sure ‘bout that now cause I around the world. What we doing is fooling ‘we self’—our vocabulary is too small. “We have no idea what we doing and we have no idea what the world wants.
The front man of the now defunct Red White and Black band also explained, “What happen with me is that I have been changing my music for so long that when I reach out in Europe I was fix.” Charles humbly added, “The song has already taken off—it has even been playing in Morocco.”
And for those who are quick to say that KMC is being ungrateful or bashing the industry or that the man doh know what he’s talking about, he tweeted this today:
KMC, I wish you the best in all your endeavors. Focus on you, your music and what you love doing! Lead by example….and trust meh….they will follow!
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