Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 10th 2013 Contents 4 Friday, May 10, 2013 • Issue 87
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- Wine & Kotch
3. Rihanna ft.
4. Busy Signal
- Bedroom Bully
6. Nicki Minaj &
7. Major Lazer ft.
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- High School
10. Tarrus Riley
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Jamaican singer I-Octane is no
stranger to T&T and is expected to
perform here in a soon to be an-
nounced concert. Lisa Jessamy spoke
to the artiste, real name Biyome Muir.
MM: What have you been doing
since last album?
I-Octane: Since the last album I've
been working on a lot of new songs but
I've also been spending a lot of time fo-
cusing on the business side of the
music. It is important to me that I am in-
volved and efficient in all aspects of my
MM: What has changed for you, as a
person, and in terms of music?
I-Octane: Each year the music goes to
a higher level so it keeps me very busy.
Personally it means that I have to do
more of a balancing act in terms of daily
life. Musically, I've been extending my
catalogue and stepping out of the box a
MM: What are some of the things
you love about reggae music? What
makes it different from other musical
I-Octane: I love the freedom that reg-
gae music brings. It allows you to be so
diverse. Reggae music speaks to so
many things and is extremely versatile.
It can be serious and speak to issues like
the system and oppression. It can be
light and encouraging, it can speak to
love and just have a 'feel good' vibe.
Reggae music has the potential to be
the voice of the people - all people. I
think that's one of the things that sets
it apart from other genres. It has the
power to transcend many borders.
MM: What will you bring to the
music industry in 2013, and who are
you looking to reach out to?
I-Octane: I will bring exactly what the
I-Octane brand is known for good, pow-
erful music with my signature style. I'm
looking to continually push my music to
the next level so you can expect me to
raise the bar
MM: Are there any trends in the reg-
gae industry that you welcome and/or
that you would like to see go away?
I-Octane: To each his own. I don't pay
too much attention to trends because
they come and go. I just do me.
MM: What would you say is your
greatest contribution to Reggae music
I-Octane: It's difficult for me to pin-
point one particular thing. I think my
body of work is a great contribution. I
think that my youth gives me a unique
perspective but my musical style is ap-
pealing to all ages so my message on a
whole is both effective and appealing.
MM: What effect has this career had
on your life?
I-Octane: My career has given me op-
portunities that I might not have had
otherwise, but it also calls for a lot of
sacrifices that are not always easy to
MM: You have written songs and col-
laborated with quite a few reggae
artists. Can you list a few of these and
also which one were your favourites?
I-Octane: One of my favourite collabs
right now is 'Badmind dem a pree' with
myself and Bounty Killer. I also love the
one with myself and Queen Ifrica.
MM: Where do you find your inspira-
tion? What's your message?
I-Octane: Several things inspire me.
First of all the Almighty is my greatest
inspiration. To see how he works in my
life and in others peoples life helps me in
my writing. Also, I observe daily life. Not
everything is a personal experience but
things I see happening and affecting
people. If I get an opportunity to inspire,
motivate, encourage or share some
knowledge, I'm going to use it.
MM: What type of music would I
find you listening too right now?
I-Octane: I mostly listen to music in
my car so in my cd player you will hear a
mixture. Some Celine Dion, a little Bruno
Mars, Adele, a dancehall mixtape, maybe
a little Rihanna and some Bob Marley.
MM: Tell me more about your up-
coming act in Trinidad and Tobago?
I-Octane: I don't want to give any-
thing away, just know that the perform-
ance will embody the name I-Octane -
High energy, high performance. It a guh
MM: Is there anything else you
would like to add?
I-Octane: I just want to thank all the
people who have supported me over the
years and I look forward to coming to
Trinidad and Tobago and meeting the
people and experiencing the culture.
Photos: Courtney Chen
YouTube: IOctaneTV Brian Lara
Draggin myself out of bed had a nice function @Truorleans
plenty Trinis came out but was happy to c folks fr other
countries there as well.
We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect
their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey- we'll be in
Ian Antonio Alvarez
Haven't been this tired in years. Wow.
"Don't trip on Anna Wintour and fall down stairs naked
while spilling hot gravy on your face." - my silent prayer
during tonight's Met Ball.
0.5. J. Cole ft. MIguel
- Power Trip
Destra Garcia shows off one of the new phones from Digicel at their Digital Device Expo held at Digicel
IMAX last week. Following the expo, invited guests were treated to a showing of Iron Man 3.
the only way to support reading is to push books on
youth. all of us have to be librarians and literary curators.
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