Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 26th 2014 Contents I love soca music, but I love music as a whole and I
believe a true artiste is versatile and can give the
people a world of music from one voice.
---Sherwin "M1" Jeremiah
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Sherwin Jeremiah prefers not to be called Men-
ace, the sobriquet he used as a member of the
now defunct group 3Suns. Jeremiah now goes
by the name M1, chosen to show that he s on a dif-
"M1 signifies a new stage in my life and in my
musical career. I like to say a new chapter, a new
character. It is really about bringing all the different
parts of me to life, said Jeremiah, who says he has
more creative control as a solo act.
The 34-year-old from Sangre Grande had quite a
busy season this Carnival with his single Big People
Ting. The song was written by Jeremiah and produced
by Chain Links Production from the Big Blood Studios
in Sangre Grande.
Jeremiah performed the song with Machel Montano
and the HD Band and Big People Ting also received
a decent amount of airplay.
Jeremiah said he set out to write a song that would
move young and mature folk alike.
"The song is really about a relationship between
a man and a woman who are ready to go to the next
stage in their relationship and he is merely asking
her to trust him. But the way I wrote it, I did not
want it to come across vulgar or disrespectful which
is why it is referred to as big people ting," he joked.
He said this has been his best since embarking on
a solo career three years ago.
He described the opportunities to perform alongside
Montano for the entire season including at Montano s
concert spectacular Machel Monday, and being chosen
a semi-finalist in this year s Soca Monarch competition
"as a huge deal."
"Producers who had forgotten about me are calling
my phone now. They want to work with me. I suppose
they are seeing now what was always there but they
just could not see it then," said a happy Jeremiah.
He revealed a collaboration with Montano is soon
to be released as well as a track with his all-time
favourite female soca star Destra Garcia called Honey
Love, is also due out soon. Jeremiah hopes to work
some day with the Mighty Shadow who he hails as
one of the greatest veterans in the business. He told
the T&T Guardian working again with his long-time
friend Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez, won t hurt either.
Born to do it
Jeremiah s love for music started in childhood. He
said in primary school, he and a former classmate
would sit at the back of the classroom and chant
every dancehall hit they knew. Of course, this often
got him in trouble as he and his friend disrupted the
class. One time, as punishment, Jeremiah was given
the task of writing a song for Mother s Day and per-
forming it at the school s Mother s Day concert.
With the help of his mother, he wrote the aptly-
titled song Mother s Day and the rest was history.
"When I went on to secondary school I kept writing
and taking part in small sing off competitions. I
realised I had a natural knack for it and I stuck with
it."As a part of 3Suns, whose hits included Dat Eh
Nuttin (On de Promenade), Kama Sutra and By The
Bar, he was the main writer and lead vocalist of the
group. He doesn t however, feel it is more challenging
to perform as a soloist.
"It is not like a big drastic move at all because
while I was with the group I always ventured out
and did solo projects or collaborated with other
artistes, he said. "It isn t much different except that
I now have more creative control, whereas in the
group there had to be the input from everyone and
if I felt a song needed to be tweaked here and there,
it wasn t really my say."
The songwriter now known as M1 is working on
an album which is due out closer to the year s end.
According to Jeremiah, music lovers can expect a
mix of all genres as he is not sticking to just soca
music. They can get a taste of what is to come on
a single he says will be out by Easter.
"I love soca music, but I love music as a whole
and I believe a true artiste is versatile and can give
the people a world of music from one voice."
path. M1 ON A NEW MUSICAL JOURNEY
Jeremiah, right, with the members of his former
band 3Suns. PHOTO COURTESY SOUNDVILLAGE
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