Thursday 29 October, 2020

Kalpee thrives with a SONY worldwide distribution deal

Trinidadian singer Christian Kalpee is taking his career further with a distribution deal from Sony Music.

Kalpe, whose song, "No One" will set your ears on fire, according to Sony, got the opportunity when the song was sent to be remixed. 

At the start of the year, Thrive International's founder Ethan Auguste sent Kalpee and Tano's new release 'No One' to a friend in Dubai, Olly Wood, half of the producing duo Hollaphonic who are signed to Universal Music.

The song was sent first to have a possible remix made but with its commercial ready, chart hit ability, it was a no-brainer that a deal would happen.

"Kalpee is the start and now that this bridge with SONY and other strong international industry professionals in our Thrive Network have been activated, my goal is to inspire, motivate and support people wishing to thrive," Auguste said. "Our goal is to use the network to assist with the growth of others. We are stronger together and once we build and support others everyone wins" he added.

"There were a bunch of different emotions that I immediately felt after hearing about the distribution deal, so much excitement but at the same time, I was nervous, in fact, I was nervous to the point where it became difficult to get a proper night’s rest for a while," said Christian, following the news of the distribution deal.

"I think the reason for that, at least for me, was the fact that It was difficult to appreciate that a company like Sony, with so much to potentially offer, was interested in a sound that two Trini bedroom producers (Tano and myself) were responsible for."

Speaking on the process, Christian said, "The process was quite fast actually but to me, it seemed like years. It took about a month to finalise the contract between Sony and ourselves and for that month our home felt like an office with the constant emails and calls moving between the various parties. It was actually pretty exciting waking up to the emails every day, but I won’t lie, being able to finally sign the contract after all the parties agreed on everything, was the most relieving feeling ever and I'm sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that."

He added that he sees the deal as an opportunity to be heard globally. 

"Music is about energy and music influences different emotions based on the messages portrayed within the song. 'No One' was definitely created from a positive place and the message is something that many people face in the world. Yes, some may say that 'No One' is a sad song but there is a lot of hope within the song as well and that to me makes a listener feel “good” when listening to music.

"I definitely see this as a message to younger artists especially, that there is still room in the world for “good music” and good ideas basically, Trinidad is so full of amazing talent and I'd honestly say that it sometimes doesn't seem like that talent is appreciated, at least in my humble opinion. But, what I would say is that there is no point in looking at something with a bitter eye, I do music because I love it and as a result, I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to ensure that my music lives up to a certain standard. I think once you are hungry enough for something you’d get it and I definitely don’t believe in placing doubt into anything that you are passionate about, as cliche as it sounds, you can do anything that you put your mind towards. For me, music takes a lot of work and a lot of emotion and yes it can be depressing at times when something doesn't translate the way you expected, but it’s just a matter of going back to drawing board and trying again. I promise you when the time is right and when you are ready, the world will know. Just stay positive and understand that you are in complete control when it comes to making your dreams a reality."

Christian gained his early music experience representing his primary and secondary school at national music festivals where he excelled as a soloist in classical pieces. He grew his talent at Presentation College, San Fernando with leading roles in the school's annual musical productions like "The Wiz" and "Children of Eden" and also began his career as one of the founding members of one of Trinidad's multitalented young bands "The Entourage"

He soon developed a wide following, wooing audiences with a wide genre of pop, R&B, funk, reggae and Soca - all in one exciting repertoire and with a broad vocal range. He then balanced his performing and music career with a B.Sc degree in Marine Biology which has further established him as a role model among many young music aspirants who also want to break the status quo.

Christian has used his writing, production and video skills in his originals and top quality covers such as "Charlie Puth's and Wiz Khalifa's - See You Again" which had rave reviews and surpassed 200,000 views on YouTube.

Check out Kalpee's debut single, 'No One', now available on iTunes and Apple Music. 

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