Marzville releases two new Bashment Soca tracks
Following a successful Crop Over 2017 season in which his hit single Give It To Yah simply took off, Barbadian soca artiste Marzville is not resting on his laurels.
In fact, he is already in full preparation mode for Crop Over 2018 and has released two new Bashment Soca songs, entitled Roughness and Break It.
Bajan Vibes’ Lashawna Griffith sat with Marzville this week for a quick recap of 2017, as well as to discuss his general plans for 2018. The popular artiste also openly shared his views about the way the Bashment Soca genre is evolving.
Q: Looking back, how was Crop Over 2017 for you as an artiste?
A: It was a learning experience! It was an exciting year as it had a lot of different experiences. I travelled to different islands and countries. I think it was a turning point in my career.
Q: People are still talking about ‘Give It To Yah’ so has that affected your writing for 2018?
A: Well for me I separate my years. I don’t try to bring last year into the new year. Last year is last year, this year is a brand new start. So I start everything on a fresh page and as a fresh artiste. I begin everything with an open mind. Because you had a hit last year does not mean that you will have one this year. So I will still release early . . . because as I say, ‘You are as good as your last hit’.
Q: How did the songs ‘Roughness’ and ‘Break It’ come about?
A: Well we wanted to be different. At first we wanted to keep it standard bashment, a normal stringy melody kind of vibe. Last year we were the first Bashment Soca artistes to do a collaboration with an international act, which was Busta Rhymes. So you cannot step down, you have to change it and make sure other people can understand it.
To outsiders, all Bashment Soca sounds the same, with the same beat, only difference was the [whistle and drum] which brought the difference last year. Now you have to bring another difference to show them that Bashment Soca is evolving.
Q: You just said that Bashment Soca is evolving, what are your thoughts about the Bashment Soca competition going international and allowing entrants from outside of Barbados?
A: Well for me I think it is a great decision by the promoters because it would now make Bajan artistes step up their game to be able to compete against Freezy, Skinny Fabulous and all the rest that are going to bring different vibes. Barbadians should step up now and realize that Bashment Soca music is not a game.
Q: What changes would you recommend to the Bashment Soca genre?
A: A difference in music would be good, difference in topics. Artistes need to find new topics and stop with the dirty language in between. That really ticks me off because children gravitate to the good and the bad. For a man that is a father I do not want my children hearing the bad side [of Bashment Soca music]. I think they should clean up the lyrics. I have said before the dancing is a part of our culture but you still have to watch the dancing as kids are watching.
Q: Speaking of dancing, in your new releases ‘Roughness’ and ‘Break it’, there is some interesting choreography with the dancers showing aspects of the dancehall culture. Did a lot of planning go into the selection of the dancers who would be a part of the video?
A: As I said before you have to evolve. So I brought some of them from Trinidad, St Lucia, America and used locally group Dancin’ Africa. Dancin’ Africa played a huge role – special thanks to Jennifer Sealy. We took the dancers from all over the world.
Q: What is your goal for Crop Over 2018?
A: Bringing good music that everyone can appreciate and love just like the past ones. Also for persons to enjoy my music and soca music and appreciate the artiste.
Q: Besides Bashment Soca, will you be entering any other Crop Over competitions?
A: Well Bashment Soca for sure. I have to represent my country. I am also entering Sweet Soca. I was thinking about Pic-O-De-Crop but it seems to be getting a bit too late, so I am definitely going for next year.
Q: Tell us a little bit about you now. Outside of being an entertainer, who is Marzville?
A: Marzville is the father of five children, a happy son, and a happy grandson, a good friend to the people around me. He is a fun person who enjoys watching a lot of movies [such as] 100 and Game of Thrones. Marzville is that kind of dude that likes to be cool and relaxed and hang out with family, friends, and kids and enjoy life.
Q: What is a one thing the general public would not know about Marzville?
A: To be honest Marzville does not like dressing up; he just dresses up for entertainment. But if it was up to me I would be sitting down in a short pants, vest and slippers.
Q: Advice for new soca artistes?
A: Work hard. Hard work does pay off!
Q: How can persons contact you on social media?