Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Darkus Forde is a first-time entrant in the Bashment Soca competition with his song Spin It. He spoke to Bajan Vibes about his journey in the soca arena.
Q: Who is Darkus?
A: Darkus is a versatile well-rounded artist, well known but underrated.
Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
A: Humble, Positive and Talented.
Q: What is one thing that the public would not know about Darkus?
A: Darkus is a low-key comedian. I’m always laughing and try my best to make sure the people around me are happy and always smiling. I also enjoy watching popular television series Friends and Two and a Half Men.
Q: How did you become involved in music?
A: It all started when I was listening to music in my Dad’s car at a young age; he would always listen to Sanchez and Wayne Wonder. I first started deejaying in 2000 and my love for music then led me to become an artiste in 2012.
Q: What does Crop Over mean to you?
A: It means a lot to me because it’s our culture.
Q: Looking back how was Crop Over 2017 for you?
A: Crop Over 2017 was not such a good year for me because I did not get much exposure with my contributions last year.
Q: Are you excited for Crop Over 2018?
A: I was excited before it even started, after recording my single Spin It with Redd Head Records.
Q: Tell Bajan Vibes about your song for 2018?
A: “Spin It” is a Bashment Soca song, with instructions for the ladies to free up and have fun.
“Wrap up you Remy / Spray on ya fenty / I plug into to all just like Stiffy / So let me see you spin it”
Q: Did you enter any soca competitions this year?
A: Yes. I entered the Bashment Soca competition, however, I didn’t make the cut but I will try again next year.
Q: What is one soca event that is the go-to for all socaholics this year?
A: Soca on The Hill.
Q: Outside of being an entertainer, what does Darkus do for fun?
A: I’m just a simple low-keyed person. I usually just spend time with my kids, and when I’m not with them I usually just chill with the wife.
Q: Are you inspired by any regional or international artistes? If so, who and why?
A: Yes. I have more than one – Buggy Nhakente because he always shares positive vibes; LRG because he is extremely energetic and gets the message delivered; Peter Ram and Lil Rick because of their love for the music and Vybz Kartel because of his lyrical talent and Popcaan because he always gets the job done.
Q: What is next for Darkus?
A: Music and more music.
Q: Where can persons follow you on social media?
A: They can follow me on Instagram @darkustheartist_anarchy_ent