To be taken seriously in the increasingly competitive soca industry, one must become not merely a good soca artiste but a great entertainer. For the past 12 years, Keron ‘Kahblis’ George has been working hard at perfecting his craft and he believes that 2015 is his year to show the country and the world that he does have what it takes.
With a big track on his hands this Carnival season, called Diz My Ting, which has garnered over 114, 000 views on Youtube since its release in November, Kahblis’ street cred has skyrocketed. The infectious tune was written by The Seventh Wing, WeMad and Kasey Phillips and Produced by Precison Production. A music video for the song, he says, is also in the pipelines.
“I was really impressed when I saw how many views the song got. It made me aware that people really liked it, especially people outside of Trinidad and Tobago,” he says.
“A lot of DJs from Australia, Sweden, Germany and Scotland have been messaging me saying they love my song and are asking for drops etc. These are countries that I thought never really knew about soca.”
Kahblis has a string of commendable performances under his belt for 2015. He has performed at the ever popular Wasa Fete, the annual Eye Slam Concert hosted by Slam 100.5fm, several social events and birthday parties, as well as the I Love Soca Series staged in Tobago. A member of the Tuco Calypso Tent Union, Kahblis is already booked to perform at upcoming events in his island, including the Tobago Development Sports and Social Cooler Lime and Mudern Mudd, to name a few.
“This industry is a tough one, especially where the new generation of soca is concerned but I have learnt that what is for you is for you. I think the country needs to believe in the young people a little more but you just have to keep believing in yourself and eventually people will appreciate your music,” says Kahblis, a former member of the Signal Hill Alumini Choir.
“My main goal is not only to be known as a soca artiste but an entertainer who is carrying the flag of soca music high and pushing soca on a global platform,” he states.
Paying respect to veterans who have paved the way for him, the father of four says he has nothing but admiration for those who have catapulted the country’s indigenous music onto the world’s stage. He remains confident that soon, his time will come.
“I look up to the bigger heads in soca, such as Monk Monte, Bunji Garlin, Destra and Kerwin Dubois for what they have done,” he says.
“I want to follow in their footsteps. I want people to look at Kahblis as a very passionate, hardworking entertainer with a melodic voice who delivers quality songs that anyone, regardless of where they’re from, can relate to.”
Article by Cherisse Moe
Pics courtesy Kahblis