Soca artiste Tevin Hartman is a name many of us have yet to know. However, his growing repertoire of tunes like Company, Service Man, Permanent, and Go Low featuring DJ Kingston, which he praises for opening many doors since its release last year, is giving him a seat at soca’s table and a place on people’s playlists.
If a song can get you to move or sing along to its lyrics with the first listening, you can be almost certain it has done the same for many others. And that is the case with Hartman’s songs.
Revelry, gyrating, and bacchanal are the elements present in his songs.
His latest single for Carnival 2024, Company, was written by himself and Emmanuel Rudder who is known for co-writing some of Carnival’s biggest hits like Drupatee’s Indian Gyal featuring Machel Montano, and Farmer Nappy’s Big People Party.
Describing his single, he said, “It takes place in Carnival where everything that’s taking place around you, the ladies wining around you, the energy, the vibes, isn’t there, because you are missing company on the road, your significant other being there with you. So the song is to let them know, ‘Gyal, I need your company, because what is going on here—it’s missing you to make it the greatest show of all time,’ you know?”
The up-and-coming artiste attended ASJA Boys’ College, Charlieville, where he said, his interest in music began. During the free periods at school with nothing to do, he recalled, he and a friend would be liming in classrooms making beats with a pen and a pencil.
“I started to freestyle on the beat. We recorded it using a Blackberry Bold and put it on Facebook. Eventually I went on to being part of competitions and started to flourish from there,” he said.
As part of his upbringing, Hartman grew up listening to Luther Vandross, Smokey Hype, Marvin Gaye and other musicians. For him, inspiration can come from anyone, whether they may be involved in music or not. Soca giants Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Kees Dieffenthaller are some artistes that inspire him to both perform and make music, while American R&B pop artiste Usher is an international favourite of his.
He believes a person needs to represent where he comes from.
“Soca music has to do with the culture. I’ve never been listening to soca music and been upset. The type of sound it brings, the type of feeling, it’s euphoria. Soca itself makes you feel good. You could never be vex from listening to soca music,” he said.
Keep your ears open ... Tevin Hartman is gradually solidifying himself as a force in the soca scene, having the ability to get both men and women to chip, gyrate and celebrate Carnival with their companions.
He said he was grateful for all those who have helped him on his musical journey and thanked those who support his music.
Company can be streamed on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.