Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 11th 2017 Contents Ultimate Rejects is no different,"
Jillionaire (Christopher Lea-
cock) has been able to blend his
Trinidadian/Caribbean flavour as
part of the American electronic
group Major Lazer. Ultimate Re-
jects are inspired by him, French
DJ David Guetta (Titanium ft
Sia) and Scottish DJ Calvin Har-
ris (This is What You Came For
Each member of Ultimate Re-
jects has used EDM as a base for
some of their work. Johann was
the producer of the Electrolytes
Riddim which hosted Kes' Where
Yuh From and Machel's So High
AOA in 2010, he also produced the
40-Foot Riddim which featured
Bunji Garlin's So and So. Avaron
built his first EDM around 2005.
Joel, who co-produced former
Chutney Soca Monarch Rikki
Jai's music between 2014 and
2015, has also done EDM remix-
es of soca songs. MX Prime has
also produced beats that are EDM
driven. Together, they feel at home
to discuss how they can enhance
styles or improve projects that are
already in progress. "Why can't
we (as a nation) accept the music
can be different? Music is like a
child, growing and developing.
There must be someone to push
the envelope. We are not here to
maintain the status quo and that
movement to go beyond strikes a
fear in people," he said.
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The artwork for Full Extreme by Ultimate Rejects.
n From Page A25 We're not here to reap but to contribute
Johann was the founding member of Sel Construction. The
DJ crew, three members in all, made a mark in the mixing of
music in T&T. Johann still has his vast vinyl collection, packed
away neatly under the seats in the UR studio.
He developed Caribbean Dance Music which blends our
rhythms with electronic music. He has worked with and altered
the sounds of Kes, Bunji Garlin, Shurwaye Winchester, Machel Montano.
When he was Maximus Dan, he had a hit with the remake
of Soca Train which was originally sung by Winston "Gypsy"
Peters. The younger performer adapted his lyrics to protest
the music industry, singing about the back-biting and
favouritism that exist.
He says he is from the Last of the Mohicans generation whose
homes had stereos blasting. "In Carenage, every house was playing music.
My father played Fela Kuti. But as you grew older you appreciated the work
from Becket and Swallow (soca performers from St Vincent and Antigua), or
Michael Jackson which was jamming next door," he said.
Joel, who represented T&T in swimming, comes from a lineage of
creatives. His grandfather was legendary mas man Neville Aming
and his father, Noel, was a musician with the brass band Blue
Ventures. Joel didn't get into DJing until 2001, when he returned
from studying the in the US in 2001. His friends in Trinidad were DJs
and he watched them as they practised.
By 2005, he loved the production end of DJing and took out a loan for studio
equipment. By 2009, he was DJing solo. "Between 2009 and 2015, I was working 8-to-
4, trying to learn about music," he said. He formally met Johann when he carried Rikki
Jai's work to be mixed and mastered, during those meetings they talked about EDM
and soca. In 2015, he got the call to join the Rejects.
Avaron told his mother he wanted to be a DJ since he
was a teenager. The expectation of being an attorney
or businessman as a career was not for this QRC old
boy. "I knew I was crazy back then and I met like-minded
individual Johann," he said.
He was apprenticed under Kareem Tim Kee who brought
out his keen ear to mix from dancehall to soca to hip hop without breaking
the rhythm. Although he got better at his craft, he also had to consider his
responsibilities as he got older and stepped away from DJing. In 2007, he
worked with Caribbean Airlines as a flight dispatcher. Eight years later, he
was back at the turn tables. "The music was still in my blood," he said. In
2014, he earned his Certificate in Music Technology from UTT. In 2015, he
resigned his job at CAL and now does radio production with One Caribbean
Media. He has since found another passion, motion graphics which
complements the energy of EDM.
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