Music Dreams studios, West London, 11pm.
Trinoboi Joocie is preparing his showcase at the Leicester carnival with his band.
I made sure that I won, I sang in a good amount of carnival trucks.
In the rain, because remember last year it was raining at the carnival, and me and one of the guys in my team, we followed the route and went to every truck, to perform!
To earn respect from the industry, you have to be constant, Every year I’ve released two or three songs.
I do music throughout the year, not just at Carnival time, I do that from January to December.Quality is important. I look at how I can improve myself as an artist. How I can make my songs better. Visually also, my presentation. The whole package you know.
Whilst Joocie has been rising into prominence in the UK soca scene since 2009, his first love is steel pan.
Joocie has performed with the biggest Soca artists, he recalls his favourite performance was at the 2014 Love Supreme festival. with Courtney Pine and Omar:
I was invited to perform at a jazz festival Love Supreme in Brighton, I performed with Omar and Courtney Pine on the main stage. We came on after Soul II Soul.It was the first time Soca was played at a Jazz festival in Europe, and I loved that. I performed two of my songs, and Courtney Pine was like: ‘Joocie I want you to do you, just do you’ . The crowd loved it, the feedback was very good, they said it was the best set in the whole festival!
Machel is very consistent, I admire that with him, I admire his ability to change, evolve with the times, produce something that is of that time. Bunji, his lyrical content and quality is always good, he is always pushing the boundaries.
I continue to do soca, continue to make a contribution. I look up to them but I’m not star struck.My ambition is to push soca to mainstream radio. To create a soca movement here in the UK, and in Europe as well. To keep the focus here, as the UK Soca scene is developing. My main focus is in Europe.
Listen to MAWD, the infectious and energetic track Triniboi Joocie is presenting to the UK soca Road March. A track that will surely keep the carnival revellers moving this year!