Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2014 Contents Joel Ali of Mayaro The
Band has proven that posi-
tive energy attracts positive
energy. Since founding the
band in 2010, he continues
to use his optimistic outlook
to overcome obstacles and
remain true to his passion
"Always do the right thing
and everything will fall into
play. Don't try to con any
body or outsmart people. I
get in a lot of trouble for that
because it easier to take
shortcuts. Most importantly
it is best to do the right thing
because it is the right thing
to do. Once that trust is there
and people know where you
coming from things run
smoothly," said Ali.
Now, with Terry Seales
fronting the band and backed
by the talented vocals of the
talented Tamu and Chip Chip,
Mayaro the Band is poised to
create the music that they
know will outlast the sea-
sons. At the moment their
song Run Gyul is growing in
popularity and they still have
more to come.
They've been silently build-
ing they're craft and every-
thing seems to be coming
Just as things began get-
ting rough fate would have it
the band re-energised and re-
"I'm phasing out of the gui-
tarist role in the band to
focus more on the manage-
ment of the band. The cur-
rent lineup is solid and 2015
is looking like a good year,"
They're solidly booked for
the rest of the year and are
dedicated to their rehearsals.
"Besides for our original
music we play all genres of
music. We have music that
can be enjoyed all year," said
Ali.After the success of The
Dhoti Song, former frontman,
Snakey opted to leave the
band in pursuit of a solo ca-
reer. It was at that time that
Terry Seales reached out to
Joel expressing an interest to
join the band. The addition
could not have come at a bet-
ter time for the band and the
song Run Gyal written by
Seales and Meghan Trainor
made the inclusion all the
"I've always wanted to
work with Joel because after
observing his approach to
doing things I could see that
he was a good manager.
Many people claim that they
have what it takes to do the
job but they don't under-
stand the level of profession-
alism and humaness that
comes with the job," said
Issue 161• Friday, October 31, 2014
MM: How long have you been a DJ?
DJ GREG: I have been since the age of 10;
it would be approximately 14 years
MM: What is Icandy all about?
DJ GREG: iCandy is just about myself...
iCandy is something you can see, iCandy is
something you can taste and iCandy is
something you can feel. It is the leading and
fastest growing Carnival J'ouvert band
based in Central Trinidad (Chaguanas). It is
an experience and it is about you and me
and everyone to enjoy.
MM: Tell us about the Icandy J'ouvert
DJ GREG: The concept of iCandy J'ouvert
is to give the carnival enthusiasts of Central
Trinidad the uptown experience closer to
home. The first phase of the plan was the
Band Launch and Cooler Party, which took
placed on December 10th 2011, attracted
over 2000 patrons all of whom were left
with a thirst for J'ouvert morning. iCandy
was an idea that worked beautifully when
the band hit the road for the first time in
2012 with over 800 patrons revelling the
streets of Chaguanas in grand style.
iCandy's 2013 presentation 'Bubble on the
Road' kicked off to a heated start from its
Band Launch on December 1st 2012 which
featured Iwer George, Patrice Roberts,
Swappi, Raymond Ramnarine, Ravi B and KI.
Through pouring rain, every act fired up the
massive crowd with their performances and
left the masqueraders anticipating for J'ou-
vert morning 2013. The band intends to give
patrons "D Ultimate Island Xperience", and
set a standard for others to follow.
Looking ahead, iCandy presented 'Candy
Crush' with an exhilarating band launch at
Pier 1, which occurred on November 30th,
2013. This event sparked a movement
which attracted 2300 enthusiasts. For J'ou-
vert morning 2014, the band had 1500 pa-
trons in their tri-color t-shirts which was an
eye catcher for Newspapers and Magazines.
From the success of the previous years
and the great response so far for 2015's
presentation. iCandy is here to stay. iCandy's
mission is to create a new experience every
year and become one of the leaders in Car-
MM: How did iCandy come about?
DJ GREG: I am a huge supporter of Apple
products hence the letter 'i' being incorpo-
rated in the brand, and Candy came out with
the intention of tasting and seeing as some-
thing that's appealing to your
senses. The colours of the brand
pink and purple go with the concept
of candy and is appealing to the
eyes just like candy is appealing to
everyone. Put those together and
the brand iCandy was born.
MM: What are you future
DJ GREG: The aim of iCandy is to
have a Carnival Mas Band in POS.
We have our annual events in the
Sip and Sail Cruise and the J'ouvert
Launch Party. We are also affiliated
with many promoters and work
with them when we can to pro-
mote the experience that is iCandy.
Moving forward, there is one thing
that will remain the same which is
"the Ultimate Island Xperience" !
which iCandy wants to offer to all its fans
MM: Tell us what's coming up next.
DJ GREG: On Sat 1st November, 2014
iCandy presents its J'ouvert Band Launch
Artists include Olatunji, Blaxx, Ravi B, KI and
K Rich. Your favourite DJ's in the mix - DJ
Greg and DJ Din, DJ Chris and Nuphoric, DJ
Tech and Ryan Spartan, Parliament Chucks
and DJ Jerome. The ultimate cooler party
event with a twist, we celebrate Halloween
as you can wear your costumes and party
with us. For ticket information please con-
tact the hotline 377-1000 or 476-1000 or
check out the event page on Facebook -
iCandy Band Launch 2015
Joel Ali, Tamu, Terry Seales and Chip Chip.
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