So you read our Behind the Music piece in the January/February 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat … but maybe you wondered why we didn’t include well known soca producers like Precision Productions? Unfortunately, they were squeezed out of the print version (darn all those lovely ads!) but luckily we’ve got unlimited space here on the internet. So not only do you get a great story in print, you also get cool extras online. Read on to find out who are the big production teams behind the soca biz.
Caribbean Beat presents …
Behind the Music extras – The Producers – UNCUT
by Laura Dowrich-Phillips
There was a time when names like Darryl Braxton, Carl “Beaver” Henderson, Leston Paul, Sheldon “$hel $hok” Benjamin (deceased), Nicholas Brancker, Neil Bernard, Kenny Phillips and Junior “Ibo” Joseph dominated the soca production.
But today, the still-active old guard has given way to a younger generation of producers, who fearlessly mix soca with other genres to create new hybrids. And they’re all looking to push soca out of the West Indian diaspora into the mainstream music industry.