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This year marks the most Soca releases on the
airwaves for singer Chucky Gordon with even a
Chutney Soca in the mix. Singing calypso since the
age of eight has reinforced his love for the genre
and he has consistently performed since the age of
fifteen. Since his 2005 calypso debut radio release
What Yuh Putting Back he followed up two years
later with Soca additions to his repertoire and it's
something he continues to do till now.
"I'll never go against Kaiso. Actually, if I had to make a
life choice if Soca not working I would sing calypso and
go back to work. It was what I was doing before and
would do that again if I had to. But stop singing kaiso is
not a consideration for me at all," Chucky.
Enjoying what he does is all that Chucky has on his
mind for 2014. It's a job but it's something that he can't
live without. He's making moves to have more control
over his music creation by looking into the building of
his own studio. Though having finished his degree in So-
cial Work and a Masters Degree in Human Resource
Management, he has realised fully that having a nine to
five other than music is not someting that he is inter-
ested in, at least for right now.
His 2014 song line up includes groovy Soca tracks
Take Yuh Time and Blazin, both produced by D Red
Boys out of Barbados, a power Soca named Gyal To The
Front, a chutney called Shaadie, which in Hindi means
The Wedding. It was written by Uncle Joe and the
melody was done by Ray Hallman who is also the pan
arranger for Skiffle Buch Pan ochestra. The song is a hy-
brid of chutney, pan and Soca. It's a play on the idea of
marriage between cultural segments of T&T to encour-
age more harmony within the islands.
"It's not a traditional bachannal song, it's the first and
only song of it's nature in the contest , because you usu-
ally hear a lot of rum songs, horning songs and so on
and the message was well received. People appreciated
the presentation and delivery of the song," said Chucky.
He also released a kaiso called Whey Yuh Tink which
talks about the pressures faced by the Prime Minister.
it's a fun song that asks the question why shouldn't the
Prime Minister have one just like everybody else. After
all if the regualr Joe takes a shot to ease the stress
from time to time, who is she to be denied.
So far this has been his best season of his career as
he has put out a lot of material and though he's been
playing smaller events, they have been plentiful.
"I have been getting a lot of shows because of the
popularity of Blazin. It has worked out for me so far.
Plus I get to perform for a more intimate and apprecia-
tive audience. I've entered both the Power/Groovy Soca
and Chutney Soca Monarch competetions and so far
made it to the semifinals," said Chucky.
2013 saw him touring Montreal, Phoenix, Boston,
North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami, Suriname as a part of a
Carifesta contingent, Guyana, Barbados performing at
what he described as Caribbean based Carnivals.
"People were very appreciative and responsive. I al-
ways try to be interactive with the audience and that
usually works well. I was able to perform my indepen-
dece song Bear With Me from 2012 which people also
really enjoyed. The audiences are mixed now, it's not
just diaspora. There are a lot of non Caribbean people,
especially in Ottawa, coming out to enjoy the music.
That's a testament to the fact that Soca music is mak-
ing moves on the world stage. It's outstanding for me to
see that, for me it's a good sign," said Chucky.
As far as sound writing is concered, Chucky's ap-
proach to it is as a collaborative effort that takes some
time to get right.
"Writing is not something you plan it's not someting
structured. A lot of the stuff is on vibe and collaboration.
It's about putting yourself in position to get work done.
You have to put yourself around writers and producers.
That's how Blazin went, after the vibe you still have to
structure the song. You have to work consistently
throughout the year to have quality songs. Sometimes
you piece a song together over a year. That's how it's
even done internationally, you have writers, you have
producers you know. It's a process because with music
it's not predetermined," said Chucky.
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