Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Trini producers score song on FIFA 21 soundtrack

Two Trinidadian producers have contributed their talents to one of the songs featured on the new FIFA 21 soundtrack.

Michael “Tano” Montano and Richard-lain Mri McClashie, together with Jamaican producer Rvssian, produced Rema’s song “Beamer (Bad Boys)” that is among the songs on the soundtrack.

 Among those on the album are international headliners such as multi-Grammy Award winning global superstar Dua Lipa, Jamaican Grammy winners Koffee and Buju Banton, Brazilian pop sensation Anitta, Charli XCX, Disclosure, and Stormzy along with the hottest artists-to-watch including Tkay Maidza, Madame Gandhi, Chløë Black and more in grime, electronic, and hip-hop.

Rema, described in a May 15 Rolling Stone article as one of the most exciting acts in Afrobeats, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper. “Beamer”, released back in February has over 11 million views for the official video on YouTube and over 30 million streams worldwide.

Tano started producing in 2016 because he wanted to learn how to do everything himself. Among his catalogue is Kalpee’s song “No One” the first song he ever produced and which got Kalpee signed to a worldwide distribution deal with Sony. Tano also produced songs for Jimmy October such as “Vacation” and “Remember the Days”.

He linked with McClashie while he was still an artiste and after the success of Kalpee’s song they duo developed a working relationship.

Michael "Tano" Montano

“Sometimes I might start the beat and he will finish it. If I am working with Richard he will say we need something for so and so and you have to make something suited to them,” Tano told Loop.

McClashie began experimenting with making beats when he was a Form three student at St Benedict’s College in La Romaine. He told Loop he would Google how to make beats, find software and mess around with it.

After school he linked with Kasey Phillips of Precision Productions who he knew through his sister.

“I sent him a beat and he said that is fire and that ended up being a jingle for Minute Maid Pulpy. So I did some work with him, produced “Wonders of the World” on Machel Montano’s Going for Gold album and Kees and Konshens’ CPL song,” he said.

Richard-lain Mri McClashie

One day he got the opportunity to meet Rvssian who was in Trinidad and who heard his beats from a couple of artistes.

Rvssian loved his work and they started working together on songs such as Konshen’s “Physically Fit and Shenseea and Konshens’ “Hard Drive”.

McClashie migrated two Miami just over two years ago and moves between Los Angeles and Miami.

Though he credits growing up in T&T for his diverse taste in music, he felt he needed to migrate to do the music he wanted to do.

“I am the type of person who loves to take on a challenge, it is fun for me. I work on a broad range of music — hip hop, pop, dancehall and Reggaeton. I work in different markets, the English market, with Latin artists and the French market where I have a platinum track and even in the African market. I try to put my hands on every market,” he said.

Last year McClashie co-produced the French Montana song “Writing on the Wall” Cardi B and Post Malone. He worked on that song with other producers such as Rvssian and Jamaican producer Steven di Genius, among others.

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