Sunday, January 21, 2018

21 Questions with Chromatics


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1. What quality do you like most in women?

Honesty and humour.

2. Your happiest moment?

Every time I perform.

3. Your secret fear?


4. Which living person do you admire the most?

My mother. She is the foundation I was built on.

5. What quality do you value most in your friends, both male and female?

Honesty and moral support. Despite all the fame and recognition, I have a core group of friends who keep it 100 per cent real with me, support me continuously, and will let me know when I'm going off-course. I don't let much people into my circle, just the ones who have been with me from day one. That helps me to stay grounded.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Music.....I spend every last cent I have on making sure my productions are at their best and my videos are of a competitive standard. I only spend money on clothes and other things when I need to or have a big performance coming up.

7. The place you'd like to visit before you die?


8. What is your favourite journey?


9. What advice will you give to people wishing to enter your field?

Be real with yourself. Never think that you can't get better or improve on different aspects of your talent. Never give up.

10. What is your current state of mind?


11. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


12. What is your greatest joy?

Knowing that my music can change people's perception of certain things or give them a different perspective of a certain situation. Just the ability that music has to open your mind to new ideas.

13. What is your biggest turn-on in a woman?

Booty! …and a great smile :)

14. What is your guilty pleasure?

Don't think I have one.

15. What is your lowest depth of misery?

I love what I do and performing and writing is my job. So I would have to say when things are really slow and there are fewer shows and I'm finding it hard to write, I get really depressed. But in this industry there are a lot of ups and downs. It's how you handle the downs that define you.

16. What is your pet peeve?

Yuh always on yuh BlackBerry!

17. What do you get most complimented about?

My music and well, physically, my eyes.

18. When was the last time you cried?

October 25th 2011.

19. What was the first thing you did this morning?

Thank God for a new day to make the most of what he has given me.

20. What do you consider your most cherished virtue?

Patience. I sometimes believe I was granted too much. If I wasn't as patient as I had been and gave in to the pressures to stop doing music, I would have never gotten the chance to experience my current success.

21. If you had one personal wish (which you alone can benefit from, hence world peace etc. is not applicable), what would it be?

I have no wish that would only benefit me. I would just like to be able to support myself and my family by doing what I love to do and also provide inspiration for others to do the same.

Personal highlights

His birth name is Richard Rajkumar but you might have heard much about Chromatics over the last couple weeks or so. They're one and the same. His post-Carnival offering, "Carnival Rap Up", has exploded on the local airwaves with DJs 'wheeling' the song repeatedly.

So first of all, how did he get the moniker? Said the rapper, "It's the science of colours. So basically my musical style and what I represent are a melting pot of different influences. Plus there's the fact that I'm a half white, half East Indain Trinbagonian rapper. So blending all those vibes is a science."

"I chose hip-hop because it spoke to me in a way that no other genre did. In hip-hop, nothing is taboo. It is one of the freest forms of expression. I'm not talking about the party jams you hear mostly but the other side of hip-hop — the side that can inspire and entertain at the same time."

The song, "Carnival Rap Up 2012", was released virally and within a couple of days, everyone was talking about it.

The 6'3" hip hop artiste decided to do a synopsis of top Carnival cooler-talk topics and delivered a compact hip-hop version of things that occurred mostly on the soca circuit. "I wanted to make people laugh, basically."

Chromatics opened his own studio, Highway Records at Evans Street in Curepe, in 2007 and he also operates his 'total local' music store at the same address. "All music can be 'local'. Our local people perform everything so I consider it to be local."

His objectives include "showing the world that no matter where you come from, or how different your background is, or how many obstacles you have been through, you can always be successful once you believe, work hard and never give up." Any key objective? "I want the show the world how great Highway Records really is with new releases (both singles and albums).