Remember the name Joaquin Brewster. It is one you will be hearing for a long time to come. At just 22 years of age, Joaquin possesses a talent that could easily melt the hardest of hearts.
This year, he has made the Sweet Soca Semi-Finals after trying for three years, and the feeling, he told Bajan Vibes, was like none other.
“At first, it was a bit shocking. I don’t know how to explain it; but I’m just thankful and happy I got in,” Joaquin said.
His song This Place is already quite popular, which does not surprise Joaquin, as he knew it was going to do well from the beginning.
“Sanctuary and Jus D wrote the song. It basically tells you about our Crop Over and what we have to offer. While they were writing the song I was there too. It was just a vibe that we got. I learnt the song right on the spot; it was easy to learn,” he explained.
The down-to-earth artiste said that so far this year things had been looking up for him and he expected this to continue.
“It is better than in my previous years. The songs are getting good rotation on the radio,” he added.
His fans, he promised, could expect his best this season.
“You can expect a lot of energy; a lot of good vibes . . . . I want to show Barbados what Joaquin has to offer. I’m not a mediocre artiste. And I don’t sing just soca; I sing every other genre,” he said.
And while he may be fairly new to the Crop Over stage, Joaquin is not to music. He is one of the lead singers in the band Legend 246, and has been actively pursuing a singing career since he was 16.
“I was always around music. My mum sings; my grandfather. I was in the school choir at Alexandra. Music is just in my blood. It calms me. When I was about 15 or 16, I started out singing and realized this was the profession I wanted to be in.
“In 2010, I started Legend 246. Originally, it was three singers; now it’s down to two.
We have come a long way as a band. So far, everything is going quite well,” Joaquin explained.
And he is not looking to give up any time soon. Joaquin told Bajan Vibes: “I see myself up there with all the other big artistes. I know I have what it takes, and I am going to keep on that path.”
He make the call too for more support for younger artistes who were looking to make their name.
“I think it’s a matter of younger artistes really pushing to get what they want, but I don’t think they get as much push and support as they should. They’re lot of young artistes out there doing great work. It’s just a matter of embracing the youth and putting their music out there,” the young barber said.
Joaquin added that he would love to do a collaboration with De General Edwin Yearwood one day.