Local hip-hop artiste-producer-writer, Teff Hinkson is back like he never left. Last year, Teff announced that he was retiring from the music scene, but for a guy whose life revolves around music, that proved to be a bit too difficult.
“I wasn’t retired in the traditional sense in the first place. I feel like I have a bunch of layers to explore and I just wanted to focus on a few and not release music in the way we know it,” he told Bajan Vibes adding, “I literally can’t go without making music so yeah, back like I never left.”
He recently wrote and produced the sultry and sexy Headphones sung by local songstress Adian who is famously known for her 2017 soca single Life Nice. This is not his first time working with the rising songstress who was the female vocal in his song Vibe Like You.
“She’s a dope artist. Not many can express like her or can constantly display that extra edge like she does,” Teff revealed while adding that the song Headphones was a perfect fit for Adian.
Although he is keeping pretty ‘mum’ about what’s next for him musically, he continues to promote and encourage upcoming urban talent with the creation of MoonLIT Festival, an event aimed at showcasing younger artistes who have the international music industry in their sights.
“I came up with the concept just based on the fact that these local/ international urban genres have followings. I’m a part of these genres and for years there hasn’t been stuff like this for the fans,” he explained. He applauded events such as Mahaila’s Corner and Hilton Barbados’ Open Mic which have created a platform and expansion opportunities for local urban and R&B artistes who might not perform at the standard soca or dance-hall event.
MoonLIT Festival will be held on May 27 at the Falaise Petit, Lodge Hill, St Michael, with a line-up consisting of fresh, contemporary artistes who have garnered a sizable local following over the years. The line up includes Rico Maserati, Krisirie, Rhea Layne, Aidan, Island Levvy and Teff himself who will be performing to a live band.
“I chose based on who I’ve been working around recently, who has actual music out right now from these subgenres, those who have followings that interlope so we could get a decent crowd out. I think every time one of these artists drops something of quality and somehow gets it to the ears of people, it raises the excitement,” he continued.
Teff promised that patrons could expect “a happy social environment, amazing live band performance, good food and a great time” at the inaugural festival.
As there is a growing appreciation for local hip-hop and R&B artistes locally, Teff contended there was still some work to be done before nurturing and developing the vast potential for international appeal.
“People want more “Rihannas”. It’s like a lazy pride,” he told Bajan Vibes adding that while the artistes were liked for their works, their craft was not being properly appreciated.
“What we need to figure out now is how [to get] people more excited to seek out and follow what we’re doing,” he added. (KK)