Brooklyn, New York
- Within the past year When Steel Talks’ (WST) travels and activities have crossed paths
with major talents like
Andy Akiho and of course 10 year-old
Rashiyd Wilson waiting-in-the-wings - among many others.
Now meet Kadeem Alleyne - this 19 year-old Berklee
College of Music student is perched to add his name to the growing list of under-thirty
steelpan musicians who have expanded their outlook and focus to incorporate
multiple aspects of the music performance and entertainment industry.
When did you start playing the steelpan instrument?
Well, I started playing pan at
the age of six while growing up in Trinidad.
What drew you to the instrument?
Kadeem: I grew up in a family already playing pan; my Uncles played, in
the early days and basically helped develop Merrytones Steel
Orchestra in Diego Martin, [north-western] Trinidad.
When did know music was your career path?
Kadeem: I really started knowing music was my thing when I was in Junior
High. I started playing keys, and I really loved it - then I played
pan on my first few gigs, and arranged, then came along with that. Pan really helped me develop a lot of my talent, as far as writing
songs is concerned, and producing.
What aspect of the music industry attracts
Kadeem: Well I’m really a producer at heart and I was always intrigued in
manipulating sound, and creating music from scratch; a lot of my
friends had the programs and I just had a Yamaha keyboard, and
it. I used to come up with music but try to remember it and record it
with my friends, when they had time... So production is really my
You are a student at Berklee College of Music
- how is that going?
When I first arrived at Berklee I was so excited. My good friends
Sheldon [Thwaites] and Iman [Pascall] were there already, so I was willing to be there, in
a place I wanted to be. Then during my time there I
developed a very
close friendship with André White, and also an
understanding for music that is really amazing. Now when you first
get there [to Berklee], you think that you know all, and everything will come
easy. But Ear Training and Harmony, put you in your place, and make
you realize that we’re all learning and still have more to learn.
The good thing about having people like André White, Sheldon Thwaites, Iman Pascall and Kareem Thompson there
and being around them - is you get a lot of
different views as far as pan music, and just music is concerned, so
it helps you to understand why people dislike the things you like in
a pan song, and that to me is cherished a whole lot because - there’s
no where else I can get that knowledge.
You just released your new single - how did
that come about?
a sample of “Breakfast Party”
Kadeem: Me releasing my debut single; when I first did it I really did
not want to sing it. But my friends told me that I had a talent, and
I did feel like other artists wouldn’t bring out the feel that I
wanted, so I just did it. I put everything aside and told myself
that I would make a sound that for the people has good music, and
great energy - and “Breakfast Party” represents that; so for it being
my debut song, I’m proud.
What can we expect from you in
Kadeem: Well I’m currently working with a few new and old artistes
only in Soca but in Hip Hop and R&B too. I will continue to pursue
my own artiste career, and make good music, and I may do a “pan tune”
for all those bands who want a new sound, who knows?... But I do
know that music will be involved in my future, I am planning to work
with some legends; but we’ll see what’s going on.
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