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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 44: Globalisation and Commercialisation of Caribbean Music

November 28th, 2022


Laura and Nigel welcome UK-born Barbadian emeritus professor of Recording Industry, author and consultant Mike Alleyne to the podcast as he discusses …

Episode 43: Valuing Caribbean Music: The Jamaica Example

November 4th, 2022


Laura and Nigel have a conversation with Donovan Watkis of World Music Views about how his push to chart and certify Jamaican music's global sales …

Episode 42: Memoir, Management, Machel Montano

August 12th, 2022


Laura and Nigel have a conversation with Elizabeth Lady Montano, mother of Caribbean music superstar, Machel Montano, and author of his new coffee-table memoir/biography King of Soca. Published to coincide with the 40th …

Episode 41: The Post-Pandemic Future of Caribbean Festivals and Music

August 4th, 2022


Laura and Nigel have a conversation where they ponder the future of the Caribbean music industry after the disruption of the two-year COVID-19 …

Episode 40: Breaking Caribbean Music in America: What Needs to be Done?

May 16th, 2022


Laura and Nigel speak with Caribbean-American music executive Nolan Baynes on the ins and outs of the modern US music industry, as he lays out what …

Episode 39: Caribbean Music Across the Pond: A Conversation with Seani B

March 8th, 2022


Laura and Nigel speak with BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and selector Seani B about his prominent role in putting Caribbean music on the radio in the UK and …

Episode 38: Hard Truths: A Conversation on soca with Jaiga TC

November 30th, 2021


Laura And Nigel speak with soca entrepreneur and facilitator, Terron Callender, JAIGA TC, on the way forward for the music genre. This TV producer, radio announcer and hit soca writer and artiste, among his other …

Episode 37: A new season, a new beginning for the Caribbean music industry

November 13th, 2021


Laura and Nigel begin the fourth season of the podcast with a conversation on the outlook and some of the recent happenings within the Caribbean music industry after 20 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 36: Soca begins GRAMMY Best Global Performance contention

July 7th, 2021


Laura and Nigel speak with soca producer Kasey Phillips and former Grammy Awards genre manager Marlon Fuentes about the clear opportunities towards recognition of the genre within the Recording Academy by their …

Episode 35: Licensing and global collaborations, Braveboy to the World

June 24th, 2021


Laura and Nigel speak to Trinidad and Tobago EDM and hip hop artist and songwriter Braveboy about his many unique collaborations with global artistes …

Episode 34: What's Chrending? A Music business Conversation with Fay-Ann Lyons Alvarez

April 23rd, 2021


Laura and Nigel chat with soca star and music entrepreneur, Fay-Ann Lyons Alvarez on her music career, live and recorded, during the pandemic and her move into streaming music platform development with the launch of her …

Episode 33: Digital Innovation in the Caribbean Music Industry

April 8th, 2021


Laura and Nigel have a conversation on the implications of the small steps in innovation happening in the digital music space of the Caribbean music industry. As the pandemic continues with the future dependent on …

Episode 32: The Role of Video in the Promotion of Soca Music

March 21st, 2021


Laura and Nigel chat with Navindra Harbukhan of NH Productions TT on the role of video in the promotion of soca music. He gives a masterclass on how …

Episode 31: Caribbean Music Industry Conversations

December 21st, 2020


Laura and Nigel speak with Jamaican music industry lawyer and entrepreneur, Lloyd Stanbury on the Jamaican and wider Caribbean industry, looking …

Episode 30: A Conversation with Destra Garcia

December 15th, 2020


Laura and Nigel continue in The Soca Sessions with a fun-filled yet open chat with the Queen of Bacchanal, soca star Destra Garcia on her career and how she has been able to sustain her brand for more than two decades …

Episode 29: A Conversation with Kerwin Du Bois

November 7th, 2020


Laura and Nigel continue in The Soca Sessions with an intriguing chat with Toronto-based singer, composer and producer Kerwin Du Bois on his role in …

Episode 28: Soca Sessions with Erphaan Alves

October 16th, 2020


Laura and Nigel chat with Trinidadian soca artiste, Erphaan Alves, who for the past five years, has championed the "No Seasons" campaign, an initiative designed to encourage soca artistes to release music all year …

Episode 27: Soca Sessions with Problem Child

October 4th, 2020


Laura and Nigel chat with St. Vincent-born, US-based soca performer and prolific composer, Problem Child about the business of soca in this time when …

Episode 26: A Conversation with Pat Meschino

September 10th, 2020


Laura and Nigel speak to Billboard magazine writer, Pat Meschino, about the coverage of Caribbean music in the US and foreign print and editorial media. The mechanics of pitching stories to publications, and the …

Episode 25: A Conversation with DJ Private Ryan

August 22nd, 2020


Laura and Nigel chat with Trinidad-based DJ Private Ryan about how he is coping commercially and creatively during the COVID-19 pandemic. His varied career as an important soca DJ, as a major Carnival fete promoter, and …

Episode 24: What could a post-COVID-19 music future look like?

May 16th, 2020


Laura and Nigel speak with musician, journalist and NYU professor Jason King, a Trini to the bone, who ponders on the possibilities and tracks the …

Episode 23: Dada and the Caribbean Music Family

May 16th, 2020


Laura and Nigel chat with Dominican super-producer, Krishna "Dada" Lawrence to get a handle on the wider Caribbean music scene. Dada outlines the possibilities for Caribbean music outside of Carnivals and festivals, and …

Episode 22: Live in the Time of COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020


Laura and Nigel return for the first of the "lock down podcasts" during the global COVID-19 pandemic. They speak on the decimation of the live music industry and the rise of the virtual concerts online with pioneering …

Episode 21: Beyond Soca - A Conversation with Sheriff Mumbles

March 10th, 2020


Laura and Nigel have a revealing conversation with innovative music producer, Keron "Sheriff Mumbles" Thompson on his outlook on the status of new music from Trinidad and Tobago. Together, they delve into the ups and …

Episode 20: Conversations with Charlie

December 3rd, 2019


Rawlston "Charlie" Charles is the most significant pioneer in the recording and wider distribution of soca music and calypso music in the US and the World via his Charlie's Records and his studio in Brooklyn from the …

Episode 19: Caribbean Music Festivals

November 9th, 2019


Laura and Nigel reminisce on the various music festivals they have visited in the islands, and chat with Dr Suzanne Burke, culture sector researcher …

Episode 18: The Digital Music Future in the Caribbean

September 15th, 2019


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. …

Episode 17: How to Make a Soca Star

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Episode 16: The Ins & Outs of the Soca industry

July 26th, 2019


Laura and Nigel interview Trinidadian music super-producer Kasey Phillips who has now relocated to Los Angeles to be closer to the epicenter of US music industry. His insights of the modern soca industry and his access …

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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