Time to ‘Get Loose’….The Interview with Konata Alleyne

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Time to ‘Get Loose’….The Interview with Konata Alleyne

More than just your average Artist.

If it is any truth to go by, a proportion of those falling under the Aquarian star sign, bear exuberant, lively, inventive and original personalities. This could well be a probability as beneath the frames that have become a signature part of his look, lies countless of neurons releasing ideas into actions and constantly re-defining one of UK’s hardest working soca artist.

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He is more than a soca artist and through his accomplishments to date, can boast to having pursued various supporting occupations throughout his journey.  Of Trinidadian descent, Konata Alleyne is an artist, promoter, songwriter, businessman, producer, entertainer, co-founder and mas band leader, ever evolving and ever adding to his repertoire of feats.

He has been on the UK soca scene for the last couple of years, having come out in 2010 with the song ‘Pressure on Me’, however his musical aspirations started from a young age where he sang in his primary school choir. In 1998, he found himself the trumpeter, playing for the National Youth Orchestra in Trinidad and soon joined the band Caution. With the musical urge beckoning at him, he produced a few tracks, amongst one with Dawg E Slaughter, however his time was not ready yet. With few of his companions venturing off to North America, he made the move to come to London in 2004 to further his education and study Arts/Media Management and Audio Engineering at South Bank University. Alongside his studies, he founded his own promotions venture called Bazoodee Entertainment, the same name, titled after his 3rd placed UK Soca Monarch power entry track.

Konata AlleyneHis promotions company led to a collaboration and working relationship with Poison UK an events management company, organising well known events such as 90 Degrees and Calo Festival. It was at Calo Festival, that the emerging artist made his debut performing alongside well known soca artists such as Lil Rick, Iwer Geroge, Krosfyah, Kes the Band and Tallpree. He has produced songs for NHC, Barbados Crop Over, T&T and has performed across the country, at Soca Frenzy, Oh Gosh, Busspepper and in Europe with the Tropical Storm Band.

Having jumped on a Sheriff Music, produced Barcode riddim alongside Serani, Skinny Fabolous and Bunji Garlin, Konata is not ready to rest his laurels yet. With over 10 years experience gained in the music industry, Konata has put knowledge and skills to good use and founded K-Marvel Productions, a UK based music production house. 2012 has seen the artist nominated for best male artist and best video in the October held Soca Music Awards and has seen him release ‘Get Loose’ (Work It)  from his own production house. He also has produced another 2013 release, the Bangers & Mash riddim featuring the soca artist Mr Renzo.

With 2013, around the corner and already proving to be an interesting year ahead for UK soca music, UKSS recently caught up with the super artist himself.

 

Check out our first ever interview with Konata, where we talked everything from being voted one of soca’s sexiest male, working with Poison UK, why DJs should not hastily play certain tracks, Calo festival and everything else you wanted to know about the man behind the Gok Wang inspired fashion, glass lenses.

 

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