Multi-talented entertainer/artiste, Orlando Octave is seeing his lifelong dreams of superstardom coming true after being signed recently to Billionair Records and Management. Over the last month, Octave has performed to sold out audiences in Toronto, Tobago, several cities in the US and of course, here in Trinidad — all while promoting his new single, "Disconnected" and its accompanying video.
So, to say that the young singer is thrilled about his new situation would be an understatement.
"I'm very happy with the position I'm in right now," he affirmed.
"It's a really great feeling to see where I'm at in my career at this time. I can finally make the music I've always wanted to make and everything's in place to get it in the right places and heard by the right people. My fans can expect to hear everything from me now: soca, R&B, dancehall and all sorts of crossover music. All representing T&T of course, but I'm making music for the world…"
Aside from recording new singles and working on his debut album, Octave has been busy promoting his 'Play Wit It' condom line.
"I just heard the first batch of 15,000 sold out in three weeks," he enthused. "It's a really great product and of course, I've used it myself so I know it will be in great demand throughout the region and eventually, the world. I'm very happy with that deal because I know my music is very sexy and I feel it's the responsible thing to do — to promote safe sex to all the young people that support my movement. HIV/AIDS is a serious issue and we entertainers need to do whatever we can to raise awareness and encourage safe practices."
On May 28, Octave attended the Stylus Awards in Toronto and his condoms were included in the gift bags presented to each member of the audience. In an age where music is practically 'free to download' and artistes are relying more and more on performance, merchandising and endorsement revenues, Octave is currently in position to maximise and capitalise on all three income-streams.
"I think its great to see how the industry has grown and evolved and the impact that technology has had on the music business," he said. "As artistes in the game, we have to adapt to the times and place ourselves in the right positions and situations, so we can grow at the same time. My management is very dynamic and they're working on several different products, so y'all can expect some major announcements in the near feature. Ah we name Billionair eh kno, so yuh done kno: we lookin fuh it!"
In keeping with their progressive stance, Billionair Records — which is based in Toronto, Canada and run by CEO, Richard Hope — will be sending Octave on tour to Africa in the coming months.
"Orlando is our flagship artiste right now," said Hope, "and we have the utmost faith in the potential of his brand to impact upon the globe. Therefore, we're just beginning a run of tours and promotions that are gonna take him through Africa, then to the UK and back around to the Western Hemisphere in time for the release of his debut album. He is an amazing artiste, who has the music, the image and the drive and discipline necessary to make it big, so our job is just to harness his talent and get him the opportunities he needs in order to flourish and achieve success."
Needless to say, Octave is excited about the upcoming tours.
"Going to Africa has been a dream of mine from ever since," he stated, "so you know this will be a dream come true as well. All the children of Africa look forward to visiting the Motherland and for me, being able to perform there as well will be quite an experience. Of course, it's all hard work at this stage too – this is just the beginning of this new phase of my career, so it's not like I'm going to relax and just sightsee overseas…
"I'm doing 16 shows over a matter of three months and travelling in between, so you know I may get a nice tan over there! Lol… I'm ready for this though! I can see now that everything I've experienced before in Trinidad has prepared me for this moment and now I can make the most of it and savour it at the same time because these kinds of opportunities really only come around once in a lifetime, so I'm gonna treasure it."
In the meantime, Octave continues to hone his hit-making talents and just released a new song for Barbados Cropover on the Pawdie Riddum, entitled "Trini Girls".
"The plan is to release hit after hit and flood the market with my unique sound. I just recorded this song in Toronto and as the name states its for all my "Trini Girls". I'm putting my stamp on all my music now that's a combination of classic hit material and modern-day swag.
"My number one wish right now is for good health, long life and plenty of success." He concluded. "I want to take care of my parents and make them proud of what I do and also represent Trinidad and Tobago on the world stage. I'm also working to build my team called the MAYANS to be the biggest group out of Trinidad doing it large worldwide. With God, all things are possible and I'm feeling his will moving through my life right now, so I believe and have faith that this is my time to shine."
For more information on Orland Octave, log on to www.orlando-octave.com, follow him on twitter @orlandooctave or e-mail: email@example.com for bookings.