Are Soca Artists Selling Out For Fame? The EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Trend. Are Artists Doomed To Failure?
by Mantius Cazaubon (SocaFreak.com)
Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, 106 & Park. Soca meets Pop.
Many soca artistes are changing the approach to their songs, making them sound more like EDM (Electronic Dance Music). What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree with this new trend? Bunji Garlin, since the success of his Differentology, seems to be moving more and more in this direction. Machel Montano, Fay-Ann Lyons, Destra and all the other big names, to the less popular artists are going down this Pop music road. Is this good for soca or are these artists selling out? Soca Freak wants to hear your thoughts on this. Do you agree or disagree with what is happening. Comment below.
Fireman Hooper - Soca Man
(Song addresses this subject.)
One can argue that this will help soca to advance further. At least, this is what many of the soca artists have been saying. They seem to be attempting to bridge soca with more internationally popular genres to make soca more palatable for the international market. But by doing this is there a danger of alienating their real market, the Caribbean market
. Aren't they watering down the music too much and killing soca music?
At the end of the day, soca artists have themselves and their families to feed. This is business and you can't blame them for trying out new things. This begs the question whether the artists really care about promoting Caribbean culture
or if it's more about advancing their own selfish interests.
For a long time now soca artists have been trying to penetrate the international market. Sadly, any time they do, as in the case with Kevin Lyttle many years ago, the soca brand doesn't seem to get the recognition we want. Even with the success of Bunji's Differentology, soca is left in the dark due to the fact that this song is not a typical soca song. If artists perform watered down versions of soca music, will soca ever be branded out there?
Some people are arguing that the big names are in danger of creating the impression that they are abandoning the very fans who made them famous. Without real fans, you're doomed as an artist. By trying to please everybody you end up pleasing nobody.
Artists are trying to be all things to everyone instead of focusing on their niche market.
Artists like KMC who embarked on a journey to do electro music seems to be dabbling in soca once again. He had said that soca would go nowhere. One wonders why he is back.
Are soca artists doomed to failure with this new EDM/Techno/Electro/Pop trend? Are they selling out for fame?
Do you prefer pure soca? I want to hear your thoughts below. Please comment.Related Artice: Big Mistake: Have Soca Artists Abandoned Their True Fans? The EDM Craze.