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.

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Episode 15: How to build a music business company

May 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 14: Soca in the global digital marketplace

February 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 13: Soca Management and Marketing

January 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 12: Defining and Marketing Soca Globally

January 17th, 2019


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 …

Episode 11: What is soca? How is it defined?

January 6th, 2019


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 …

Episode 10: Public Money, Commercial Music - A Caribbean Case Study

November 8th, 2018


Laura and Nigel have a candid conversation with Melissa Jiménez, General Manager of the Trinidad & Tobago Music Company Ltd., a State-Owned …

Episode 9: The Business of Calypso in the 21st century

October 16th, 2018


Laura and Nigel chat with Meagan Sylvester of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) about the role and business of calypso in the …

Episode 8: The New Breed: Soca 3.0

September 16th, 2018


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 …

Episode 7: The Bajan Soca Industry

August 5th, 2018


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. …

Episode 6: A Conversation with Freetown Collective

July 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 5: The Live Music Industry in the Islands

June 16th, 2018


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 …

Episode 4: Caribbean music, broadcast and IP

April 14th, 2018


Laura and Nigel chat about the reality of the slightly behind-the-curve business models and thinking about broadcast media and its role in …

Episode 3: A Conversation with Josanne Leonard

March 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 2: The Globalisation of Soca

February 9th, 2018


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 …

Episode 1: SOCA: A Caribbean Phenomenon

January 9th, 2018


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 …

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